What Is the Difference Between an Architect and a Draftsman?

June 01, 2022

Whether designing a new home or making changes to an existing structure, you will need to rely on industry professionals, such as an architect or draftsman, to help bring your vision to reality. Which one you turn to depends on the project. So what’s the difference between an architect and a draftsman, and which one is best for your goals? Let’s take a look.

Understanding the Differences Between Each Profession

Architects specialize in engineering, design, and drafting. They’re known for designing buildings, large open areas, and community structures. They oversee design and materials and are in tune with the complexities of sound, lighting, and other technical considerations that involve building a structure or environment.

Draftsmen create blueprints and technical drawings for construction projects and buildings and typically specialize in certain types of projects. At Design Appruv, for example, our design and drafting team specializes in accessory dwelling units (ADUs), residential additions and remodeling projects, custom homes, and commercial design and builds. We’re also experts in building permits, which allows us to create a seamless process for our customers from start to finish.

The Benefits of Hiring a Drafting Firm

Hiring a drafting firm for designs and blueprints relating to residential construction and remodeling projects has significant benefits.

You’ll Save Time and Money

A residential architectural firm will usually take up to six months to complete its work. With a drafting firm, you can cut that time in half. For example, here at Design Appruv, our entire process (consultation, discovery and site measurements, design, compliance, engineering, and permits) can take as little as three months.

Also, a team of drafting professionals will cost you about half of what an architectural firm would cost. Additionally, many drafting experts have local connections to help make the process smooth and more cost-effective.

Hiring a Drafting Firm is More Practical

Most houses and remodel projects are straightforward and do not require a lot of complex design or construction, making them ideal for a drafting firm. 

Draftsmen are also excellent resources for finding engineers, preparing plans, assisting with consent processes, and working through permits

Since an architect is primarily responsible for practical and artistic features and works on complex projects, hiring one is likely overkill for your home project. However, if you need to deal with zoning, codes, fire regulations, etc., a draftsman is more than qualified to assist you.

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