3 Mistakes You Should Avoid With Casework Shop Drawings

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As an experienced casework shop drawings services provider, ADDMORE Services cannot stress enough the importance of curating accurate and precise shop drawings. While you might not be able to avoid making mistakes during the construction phase, you can certainly avoid costly mistakes.

Forgetting to update the color of a room’s interior is one thing, but realizing that the bathroom’s cabinet space wouldn’t fit the delivered casework is definitely a next-level mess you should steer clear of.

At ADDMORE, we believe that proper preparation and planning help prevent poor performance. After working on hundreds of shop drawings, our experts have come up with a few planning mistakes that can easily be avoided altogether so that there’s no need to fix them later.  

#1 Always Take the Client Out on a Date

Wait, what? Yes, you read that right, but don’t worry, we mean it figuratively, not literally!

Our experts recommend beginning with the basics way before you figure out the plan. Consider who will be using the casework, where it will be located, how many people will have access to it, and so on. Let’s say if the casework will be set in a children’s room, the design focus should be to make it fall-proof, solid, easily cleanable, and child-safe.

Whereas, if it is going to be installed in a healthcare facility, you should make sure that the casework contains smaller spaces for easier-to-grab items such as gauge soaps, paper towels, and more. The surface should also be easier to sanitize rather than fancy.

Asking the clients’ various questions pertaining to the casework can help you deliver the design that’s aesthetically pleasing and also ergonomic.

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#2 Keep Your Focus On The Space

Many casework anchor the entire space, acting as visual barriers between various elements while operating as a storage space at the same time. When drafting the architectural plans or designs, it is important to associate the room’s environment with creating a lasting yet functional workflow. It’s absolutely vital to understand that no two rooms are alike in terms of usage, facilities, and technical considerations.

For instance, a living room might be the most vibrant room in the entire house, but it is the kitchens or bathrooms that bear the brunt of entertaining high traffic throughout the day. While you may need an aesthetically pleasing, chic storage option for the living room but you will definitely need durable, sturdy cabinets for the kitchen or washrooms.

#3 Make Sure the Design Elements Remain Coherent

The art of creating flawless casework drawings includes curating functional designs that fill a purpose rather than sticking to standard configurations. For example, you can install custom glass panels in a healthcare facility’s storage shelf to ensure the doctors and nurses can find supplies quickly to save lives. But in an office setting, these custom glass panels will need to be replaced by wooden doors to maintain privacy levels.

Casework shop drawings by experienced drafters at ADDMORE Services will help create highly rewarding, aesthetically pleasing, and functional spaces. They will not leave our details such as recycling containers, under-cabinet lighting, planning MEP connections, leaving a room for HVAC, plumbing, and electrical, and other crucial details that can prove to be time-consuming, expensive, and non-compliant if discovered at a later stage.

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Our highly skilled team has extensive experience of working on several designs and architectural projects across various industries. Besides precise shop drawings, we also offer a wide range of services, including 2D and 3D CAD drafting services, Revit design services, takeoff estimating services, quantity surveying services, real estate rendering, construction project management, architectural drafting services, Primavera modeling services, BIM services, and more.

Connect with us to talk to our reps about our various cost-efficient offshoring and outsourcing solutions. We offer services to clients worldwide, but mainly in the Republic of Ireland, the UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East.

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