Computer Aided Design (CAD) is not new to the architectural world. It’s been around, in one form or another, since the 1970’s. As with all technology it’s sophistication has grown exponentially. However, even with its incredible power, CAD still can’t automatically create exciting new designs or find the right plan to take advantage of the unique characteristics of a building site. That takes an experienced architect’s eye.
While Stillwater Dwellings uses the latest 3D CAD systems to produce plans and engineering specifications, all designs begin with a pen in the designer’s hand. Matthew Stannard, Stillwater Dwellings founder and chief architect, starts his designs with a series of hand drawn sketches. Once the spaces are sketched out and defined, the drawings are translated into digital form and construction documents produced.
The illustration above is an x-ray rendering, a 3D CAD technique sometimes used at Stillwater to view the spacial relationships between living areas. This particular home is currently in design for a customer in Northern California.
As always, we would love to hear your ideas about designing your own home.
This has been the best year ever for Stillwater Dwellings. Next year should be even better, with our talented staff busy working on plans for homes that will be delivered in the spring. We formed the company to bring contemporary architectural design to more people–and with your support we’re doing just that.
Thanks for a great year! All of us at Stillwater Dwellings wish you the very best in 2015!