Ben Taggart expertly translates the three-dimensional shape and complexity of your property into an accurate two-dimensional line drawing. Parts of the building that may be obscured from ground level are revealed. Elements of the house unfamiliar to the owners, such as the tops of the chimneys, are drawn with the same meticulous care as the more well known features like the front door. It is even possible to produce accurate drawings of houses that have been completely demolished! Ben Taggart’s architectural drawings are faithful to every detail, and offer a fascinating insight into visual elements of the property you may have missed.
The site visit
Once an Archistory order is placed we need to visit the house and meet the owners. We always bring along several examples of completed commissions mounted and framed for you to see. This will help you to decide on the final layout and size of the finished picture. Early on, we discuss which aspect of the house should be drawn. The side of a house facing the road, for example, may not necessarily be the most architecturally attractive or interesting aspect.
Several hours are then spent on detailed measurement and observational drawing, and a photographic record is made. In order to gather precise dimensional data we often have to take measurements from within the building, such as the sizes of windows on storeys above the ground floor. With brick buildings, each individual brick course is counted and added together to give the overall height of the building.
Our visit also allows us an opportunity to examine the fabric of the property. The construction methods used, along with the materials and quality of workmanship involved, all give valuable clues about the history of the building and its phases of construction.
Back to the drawing board
After the data has been gathered on site, work will begin on turning all of the measurements into a detailed line drawing. The optimum size for the finished drawing can be finalised once the amount of surrounding text and proportions of the drawing have been worked out.
Your finished picture will include a small map or site plan as well as the architectural elevation drawing. The information for the map can be traced from the deeds if available, or from other sources. The map can show the present layout of the house and surrounding streets, or portray the neighbourhood at the time that the building was constructed.
The fonts selected for each commission along with other graphic elements such as decorative borders will reflect the period and architectural style of the building.
The drawing can be printed up to A1 size (60cm x 85cm) on heavyweight acid-free paper, and delivered either framed or unframed as required. You can decide on the frame type, and the colour of the mount.
Working with you
We will always send you a draft copy of the drawing by e-mail as a PDF file or by post, so you will be able to comment on the finished design before it is printed.
A commission can be produced from start to finish in a matter of a few weeks if required. However, during busy periods, such as the run up to Christmas waiting times may be longer.
Not a residential house?
We also specialise in researching and creating ‘Archistories’ for commercial buildings too, including hotels and pubs.