Exterior Rendering

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 05:28 Published in Practicum

The Craft Studio project consist of converting student hand drawings into Revit (BIM) models that can later be included in a student plan book. I researched and developed the program that students must adhere to when converting their drawings. This concept will also be integrated into upcoming Craft Studio classes. The program sets a minimum criteria of what the homes must include to satisfy a typical middle income family and contain a set level of sustainability. The designs contain many features that home buyers are requesting, which will increase the value of the home while reducing utility costs. I then converted my Craft Studio project into four categories; suburban and urban designs in both basic models and deluxe versions— this same format will also be used by future Practicum students. The entire project took 99 hours to complete. 

Some of the drawings are on display at Andrews University. 


Presentation Board

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 05:28 Published in Craft Studio

My Craft Studio class studied precedent-setting architecture in the historical traditional Heritage Hills neighborhood in Grand Rapids, MI. Each student then designed a traditional home, for an empty corner lot, that fits the context of the area, and met a specified criteria, which included: homes between 1400- 1800 square feet (mine is 1400), two story, detached garage with living space above, front porch, rear patio/ garden area, three bedrooms, ADA entry, etc. The structure is timber framed with SIP panels that I took one step further by making sure my American Four Square design could easily be converted to stick framing. Drawings were displayed at Andrews University. 


Wednesday, 03 August 2011 05:28 Published in Practicum

Plans shown are for presentation purposes only, however, construction documents are available. Plans are available for Urban and Suburban locations and in Low - High end finishes and details.




Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Mark Smith and I reside in Stevensville, Michigan my wife and two children. I have been interested in Architecture since my boyhood days; however, because of my families business—a lumberyard—I never really got a chance to pursue my dream until later in my career. Read more...


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