Drafting of house designs for new homes, renovations and extensions.

Drafting plans for Council ApprovalOff the Tools provide drafting services to produce quality CAD drawings when you require plans for building a house, planning a renovation and adding that extension. Drafting of the house designs are produced by a draftsperson or architect using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software.

Drafting of your home design usually begins with Concept Floor Plans or sketches to ensure the correct function is achieved. Once the Concept Plan is finalised, drafting of detailed Construction Drawings for Council Approval can be produced. Upon approval by your local Council, your building plans can be issued to your builder for final pricing and preparation prior to construction. Off the Tools provide a range of cost effective and accurate drafting services including house design, office fit outs, extensions, renovations or alterations and additions to existing structures.

Drafting of house plan for Council ApproalCouncil will usually request drafting of the following plans to be submitted with a Development Application (DA) for approval or to obtain Complying Development Certification (CDC):

  • Survey Plan
  • Site Plan
  • Existing and Proposed Floor Plans
  • Demolition Plan
  • Roof Plan
  • External Elevations
  • Cross Sections
  • Shadow Diagrams
  • Perspective or 3D external views
  • Structural drawings

Drafting of 3D ModelsOnce Council Approval is achieved, drafting of construction drawings can be produced for your builder or your builder may prefer to produce their own drawings.

Drafting of architectural plans are produced using 2 dimensional (2D) drafting software or by using 3 dimensional (3D) modelling software. 3D modelling is the preferred option for most designers as it offers significant advantages over 2D drafting.

10 advantages of 3D Modelling over 2D Drafting:

  • Much easier to visualise than numerous 2D drawings;
  • Sophisticated 3D modelling software can produce drawings quicker and cheaper than hand drawings or 2D CAD drawings and can produce 2D views with ease for architectural drawings;
  • Will highlight errors in the building design, resulting in significantly less revisions and requests for information by your Clients or Council;
  • Rendered 3D models can be used for marketing the project before construction begins;
  • Materials libraries can be used to show real life renderings of external and internal views, including showing furniture layouts, kitchens, bathrooms etc;
  • Allows a smoother design process for designers, engineers, builders and developers resulting in reduced project costs;
  • Material lists and schedules can be produced with increased speed and accuracy;
  • Virtual tours or walkthroughs of the proposed development can also be produced;
  • Design changes can be made with increased speed and accuracy. The model can be edited and all other referenced drawings update automatically; and
  • Approvals can be granted with greater confidence by Councils and Certifiers as 3D models virtually eliminate any uncertainly in the design.

Why use Off the Tools drafting services?

  • Drafting of perspective drawingsWe use sophisticated 3D Modelling software to prepare all drawings;
  • We provide first class drafting assistance to home owners and builders who wish to provide a design and construction service;
  • We offer a flexible drafting service depending on your needs and local authority demands;
  • We can prepare your drawings as well as your development application and other supporting documents for Council approval, resulting in fewer consultants, less hassle and significant cost savings;
  • We can also coordinate the preparation of your Survey Plan and Structural Design using preferred suppliers of these services; and
  • We can introduce you to recommended builders and other trades on reque st.

Drafting Services provided by Off the Tools include:

  • Approval drawings
  • Construction drawings
  • Site Plans
  • Existing and Proposed Floor Plans
  • Demolition Plans
  • Roof Plans
  • Landscape Plans
  • External Elevations
  • Cross Sections
  • Shadow Diagrams
  • Perspective or 3D views
  • Rendered external and internal views
  • Virtual tours
  • 3D walkthroughs
  • Window and door schedules
  • Colour schedules
  • Material lists
  • Preparation of marketing documents

Contact Us today for more information on Off the Tools Drafting Services

I have no hesitation in recommending Off the Tools for the drafting of your house plans and if you are seeking council approval for your development. Engaging a professional consultant that managed all of our development approval requirements saved us time and money and enabled a smoother design and approval process.

Off the Tools provided a no fuss, professional service which was extremely good value for money and a fraction of the cost of engaging an architect and planner.

Katrina Osmond