Thursday, August 22, 2013

Architectural Drawing Supplies

The art of architectural design and drawing requires more than just knowledge, imagination, straightedge and pen or pencil.  As we all should know, architecture includes much more than just designing the structure. 

Electrical, plumbing, HVAC, landscaping and even some interior furnishing aspects are included in the realm of Architecture.  More than ever before, architecture supplies have been expanded to include some of the most useful tools ever offered.

In addition to exciting new media such as papers, vellum and plastic films, templates are now available for just about any conceivable need and scale.  The standardization of symbols for electrical and plumbing fixtures has led to the creation of comprehensive templates available in the most common scales.  The use of such templates cuts down on drawing time and confusion when others are reading your drawings.

Architecture supplies not only include high quality straight edges and scales, but they can be purchased in different materials to better facilitate your use of pen or pencil on paper vellum or plastic film.  This also applies to compasses, dividers, French curves, adjustable curves, parallel gliders and rules. 

One area that demands the highest quality of materials is pen and ink.  We all know that the sharpest, most reproducible lines are achieved with pen and ink.  A quality pen tip and the proper type of ink must be matched to the paper, vellum or plastic film that you decide to use.  Very few things can be as frustrating as drawing a nice crisp line and then watching it bead up or bleed.  Speaking of which, when ordering your Architecture supplies, do not forget the many types and styles of erasers and of course to protect your drawing, an eraser shield.

Architecture supplies also include items needed after the drawing is made.  Storage of your drawings is a critical area that is often overlooked.  Whether you use drawing file drawers, hanging racks or tubes, be sure to match the storage method to the way the drawings will be used.

Last but certainly not least of your architecture supplies to be considered is the method of PRESENTATION.  Consider a high quality portfolio to present your drawings or blueprints to your client.  Not only will your drawings be protected from the elements and the rigors of transport, but your drawing will lie nice and flat when viewed by your client.  Think of a portfolio as a preview of the high quality presentation about to be viewed.


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