A Guide On Residential Drafting And Design

18 May 2021
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Building design is one of the most vital activities when building your custom home. Most homeowners will want an appealing design that will stand the test of time as the property is passed from one generation to the next. So how do you design a residential building? Below are some vital tips. 

Understand The Building Code

The building code varies across the various Australian territories. Therefore, you should assess your local building code to know the standards you should observe while building the house. For example, the code could prescribe the foundations, materials and support structures you should use. Zoning regulations could also force you to use particular building designs. 

Exterior Styling

There are numerous design styles to choose from. For example, you could go for a cabin, bungalow, cottage, colonial, European, Mediterranean, modern, Victorian, or traditional design. Remember, the exterior of your home should easily blend with the surrounding. Your drafter should visit the site and advise which styles will work for you. 


Below are a few interior design tips: 

  • Go for an open living design. Other than being the current market trend, open living allows your family members to interact freely.
  • Make sure the kitchen is spacious. Adequate storage space will help prevent clutter. If possible, include a kitchen bar where you can spend family time as you cook.
  • Determine the number of baths that you should have. For instance, you could save on space by designing the house in such a way that some bedrooms share a bathroom.
  • Think about the functionality of the house. For example, it should have a study room if your family members enjoy reading. Consider a workshop or garage for art or vehicle restoration projects.
  • Incorporate recreational spaces such as decks, balconies, swimming areas, patios, or gazebos. 

Heating And Cooling

An effective heating and cooling system will ensure comfortable internal temperatures regardless of the weather. There is a wide range of design features that could improve the energy efficiency of your house and reduce your dependence on HVAC systems. For example, large double-glazed windows will let in light and prevent the loss or gain of heat. The designer could also use materials with high thermal efficiency during construction. 

When drafting and designing a residential building, understand the building code, decide on the house styling, plan the interior and make the house energy efficient. As a rule, work with an accredited, licenced and experienced drafter. Talk to a professional to learn more about residential drafting and design