Big Mistake #1: Structure to Structure vs Finish to Finish
Sometimes, we hear of professionals dimensioning from Finish to Finish, instead of Structure to Structure.
Recently, we began reaching out to Builders/Contractors from all over the world to try and put and end to this debate, and every single one of them has responded by saying that they need plans dimensioned from Structure. This is the standard feedback that we get: “You need to make the drawings Builder friendly. Can you imagine trying to figure out the framing locations by going through each wall and subtracting the thickness of each finish material to work out the actual dimension to set out the frames?”
Personally, we’re not sure why anyone would dimension Finish to Finish, as there are simply way too many variables with finish materials. Also, when you are building you need to set the project out from it’s foundations/bones, which is the structure. Everything else (eg. finish material) is a by-product.
We’d love to say that this is a minor issue, but we have come across this issue quite a lot.
Now, you may be thinking that if you dimension from Finish to Finish that it is not big deal, but actually it’s quite a BIG problem on site. Although every wall may only be out by a few mm/cm/inches – this very quickly adds up. And you can say goodbye to precise detailing (eg, bathrooms with no tile cuts), etc.