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Building Designer



Design small buildings without having to be an Architect.

What does a Building Designer do?

A building designer creates construction plans for small buildings, such as single-family homes, without having to be a licensed architect. If you love design but don’t want to spend so many years on academics and exams, the job of building designer could be a perfect fit for you.

As a building designer you focus on less structurally complex buildings, but your design process is the same. When you have a new project, the first step is to find out as much as you can about what the client wants the home to look like. Then you take their thoughts and turn them into practical ideas for designing the building. Once everyone agrees on the direction of the project, you begin producing the formal architectural drawings.

Plans are usually drawn using computer-aided design (CAD) technology, and along with the necessary documentation that you also need to prepare, they contain all of the details about the house. You specify the layout of each floor, the elevation of all elements of the house, the materials used, the plumbing and drainage systems, and even how the landscaping could look.

To ensure that all the requirements are met and the details of your design are sound, you work closely with engineers, surveyors, and other professionals. And in the end, the house you’ve designed will be built! Talk about satisfying results.

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