Nelson Higher Education

Higher Education

Residential Design, Drafting, and Detailing, 2nd Edition

  • Alan Jefferis
  • ISBN-10: 1133283179
  • ISBN-13: 9781133283171
  • 896 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
Request a Copy for Review


About the Product

Introduce today's learners to the skills most important for drawing, detailing, and designing residential structures with RESIDENTIAL DESIGN, DRAFTING, AND DETAILING, 2E. The text's step-by-step presentation, familiarizes readers with standard construction practices involving wood, engineered materials, steel, and concrete as well as the latest "green" concepts and alternative materials used in residential design. To keep learning as current as possible, updates throughout this edition reflect the latest standards, codes and guidelines, including the 2012 International Residential Code® and International Energy Conservation Code. Students concentrate on CAD techniques using the guidelines from the United States National CAD - Standard®--V5. A new review of common math formulas used in construction, more on presentation drawings and additional coverage of heating/cooling, resisting wind and seismic loads further prepare readers for design success. Professional examples from architects, engineers, and designers as well as activities and problems using actual architectural drawings and designs help place readers in the role of a professional CAD technician.


  • Professional architects, engineers, and designers provide most of the examples throughout this edition to ensure all presentations and problems offer a real-world flavor that is consistent with today's industry practices. In addition the book offers a realistic approach to architectural drafting.

  • Generic step-by-step layout procedures are provided for completing each of the required construction drawings. This approach enables readers to master the skills that can be applied to any AutoCAD program.

  • The author provides a logical sequence of learning activities for residential drafting and design. All explanations of formal drawings, designs and code requirements are introduced using a knowledge-building approach, where readers must master a concept before the next is introduced.

About the Author

Alan Jefferis

A prolific author and respected instructor, Alan Jefferis has taught drafting technology at Clackamas Community College, an Authorized AutoCAD® Training Center, for more than 31 years. Prior to that, Mr. Jefferis taught for four years at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. He brings a wealth of professional experience to his writing, including eight years of drafting for structural engineers and 35 years of residential designing. Mr. Jefferis is currently the principal owner of Residential Designs, a design firm specializing in custom, energy-efficient homes. He is a former Autodesk® Developer Network member and a former member of the A.I.B.D. Mr. Jefferis obtained his B.S. degree from San Diego State University in 1972 and has authored or co-authored numerous textbooks on architectural drafting and design and effectively working with AutoCAD.

Table of Contents

1. Professional Architectural Careers, Office Practice, and Opportunities.
2. Preparing for Success.
3. Computer-Aided Design in Architecture.
4. Guidelines and Codes and That Affect Building Design.
5. Interior Design Considerations.
6. Exterior Design Factors and Styles.
7. Environmental Design Considerations.
8. Land Descriptions and Drawings.
9. Site-Related Drawing Layout.
10. Floor Plans--Symbols, Annotation, and Dimensions.
11. Completing a Floor Plan with CAD.
12. Electrical Plans.
13. Plumbing Systems.
14. Comfort Control Systems.
15. Roof Plan Components.
16. Roof Plan Layout With CAD.
17. Introduction to Elevations.
18. Elevation Layout and CAD Drawing Techniques.
19. Representing Interior Finishing Materials and Cabinets With CAD.
20. Framing Methods.
21. Structural Components.
22. Design Criteria for Structural Loading.
23. Sizing Joists, Rafters, and Beams.
24. Drawing Framing Plans.
25. Foundation Systems.
26. Floor Systems and Foundation Support.
27. Foundation Plan Layout.
28. Sectioning Basics.
29. Section Layout.
30. Stair Construction and Layout.
31. Fireplace Construction and Layout.
32. Written Specifications.
33. Presentation Drawings.
34. Renovations, Remodeling, and Additions.

New to this edition

  • An all-new "Green" Feature box introduces readers to some of today's latest concepts and trends in energy efficiency in residential design.
  • Updated coverage of LEED standards, ICC A117.1 Accessible Standards, the2012 International Residential Code® for One-and Two-Family Dwellings and the International Energy Conservation Code published by the International Code Council are included.
  • New material on popular options in building materials today, such as CMU, steel framing, and alternative materials (BluWood®, straw bales, and rammed earth) are included.
  • Up-to-date drawing guidelines throughout this edition reflect the United States National CAD - Standard®--V5 for computer drawings.
  • "Professional Perspective" tips effectively highlight how the chapter's concepts are actually put into practice in today's contemporary office setting.
  • Each drawing chapter in this edition provides a convenient list of CAD Commands and Tools that are required to successfully use the drawing skill presented in that chapter. In addition, a new list of key words for each chapter provides readers with quick reference to important terminology in the industry.
  • To ensure readers are able to work efficiently on the job, a new section in this edition is dedicated to reviewing the most common math formulas used throughout today's construction industry.
  • Expanded coverage of heating and cooling, as well as resisting wind and seismic loads, allow readers to become familiar with the most current requirements and codes in residential design today.
  • Testing at the end of each chapter now requires readers to take learning a step further with required research and reports. Readers interview professionals at the local building department and drawing professionals as well as local contractors.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133283225 | ISBN-13: 9781133283225)

Interested in a simple way to complement your text and course content with study and practice materials? Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook-specific website. CourseMate goes beyond the book to deliver what you need!

Student Supplements

CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133283225 | ISBN-13: 9781133283225)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in one place. CourseMate includes: An interactive eBook with highlighting, note taking and an interactive glossary and Interactive learning tools, including: Quizzes, Flashcards, Videos, and more!