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Are there any notes or symbols on the drawing? What do these mean? qxd 19/3/08 12:50 Page 46 Design your own simple structure Working from a brief A design brief is a document that outlines the basic requirements of the structure to be built. For example, the design brief for a twostorey house may include: ›››› three double bedrooms, each with built-in storage space and one with an en-suite shower and toilet ›››› family bathroom with a bath, shower cubicle, toilet and washbasin ›››› a toilet and washbasin on the ground floor ›››› dining room – connecting to the kitchen ›››› family room – preferably connecting to the kitchen ›››› kitchen – with space to seat 4–6 people for daily meals ›››› utility room – with room and connections for washing machine, tumble dryer and sink – must include storage space and be connected to the kitchen and the back garden ›››› hall with a cupboard for coats ›››› staircase ›››› garage attached to house.

Use your creative thinking skills to sketch a possible design solution for three of the following two-storey projects: 1. A holiday house in the countryside on the side of a steep hill. 2. A beachfront café (ground floor) and restaurant (top floor). 3. A small electronics factory on an industrial estate. 4. A new post office in the high street of a small town. 5. Four flats for single people on an inner-city brownfield site. Remember to think about the function of the structure, and possible issues to do with the topography, ground conditions and weather.

Which on es do you like the most? qxd 19/3/08 12:50 Page 58 Your role as a design technician Building on the work that you have done throughout this unit, you can: – prepare a checklist of the points you will need to consider before sketching a design solution – list the types of sketches and drawings that you would prepare, including the scale to be used, and the features that should be included in each one. Task One: Prepare sketches and a 3D model for a two-storey building To pass your assessment for this unit you need to consider very carefully all the project information that you will be given by your teacher.

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