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.
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.
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.