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Draftsperson or architect - what’s the difference?

A draftsperson will provide technical drawings and plans that your builder or other tradies will need to carry out the work. They will also address planning and council requirements for your local area.

A draftsperson:

  • can be used for small, medium and large renovations or new builds
  • can be less expensive than an architect
  • is able to translate your plans into technical, workable drawings that meet building legislation
  • often takes less time than an architect
  • is often used for more straight forward designs and floor plans
  • will generally not offer creative or stylistic advice.

An architect can provide an overall creative concept using their design and technical expertise.

An architect:

  • can be used for small, medium and large renovations or new builds
  • can be more expensive than a draftsperson as you are paying for their creative solutions
  • will work with you on all aspects of the renovation including design, layout, functionality and materials
  • can project manage the work and may suggest tradies (builders may also be able to project manage)
  • will have knowledge of the latest building products and materials
  • is often used for more complex designs.