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Old 04-13-2010, 05:39 PM   #16
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I thoroughly understand the desire to draw out your entire building before even seeing a piece of lumber. I love both drawing and building about equally. But I can't kick back in the A/C sucking a beer in my underwear when I get to the building phase. (And before any smart arse asks..... "No, the beer isn't wearing my underwear... I am!" )

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I think that perhaps some articles or a book on the basics of how to frame these things would be just as handy.

Building Construction Illustrated - This book is used in TONS of architecture and design programs nationwide for building basics. You can buy an older edition for a couple dollars. A copy of Architectural Graphic Standards is also good. You can get a student version that is really easy to use if you aren't familiar with everything. We have and use both in our office (Architectural firm) on a regular basis.

Personally I would buy the Ching book.
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I thoroughly understand the desire to draw out your entire building before even seeing a piece of lumber. I love both drawing and building about equally. But I can't kick back in the A/C sucking a beer in my underwear when I get to the building phase. (And before any smart arse asks..... "No, the beer isn't wearing my underwear... I am!" )
I'm opposite - I spend weeks, months - even years - planning out work to the T to ensure I don't go overbudget (a horrible problem) or have to take frequent trips out of town.

Only to start working, change my mind, and go overbudget and drive out of town frequently, anyway.

*sigh*
At least I try :D
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Thanks everyone.

Dave, Willie- I am glad I am not alone in my desires to draw things out.

Cellophane- I have been referring to Thallon's Graphic Guide to Frame Construction. Any thoughts?
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Yeah, I used to have a full set of drafting tools
I also had a 4x8 lighted drafting table....I ruined the midterm curve for my fellow classmates - they were not happy
I started the design work for my addition in Feb '04, started building Oct '08
So I did spend some time on the plans
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I KNEW YOU designed it.

I think the older you get, the more visual you need....

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