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Understanding Construction Drawings
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Understanding Construction Drawings
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Understanding Construction Drawings

Mark W. Huth

Fifth Edition

Updated to the 2006 International Building and Residential Codes, the fifth edition of UNDERSTANDING CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS continues to highlight a range of real construction projects - from residential dwellings to commercial structures.

This enhanced edition combines information and a hands-on approach to learning. The text provides thorough coverage that builds the foundation for a broad understanding of the entire construction process.

The book begins with a simple duplex home that focuses readers on the fundamentals of views, lines, basic dimensioning, and symbols. Next, coverage of a multi-level single family home goes into more depth in orienting and cross-referencing drawings. The third section explores multifamily construction and is accompanied by more complex drawings for practice and more advanced interpretations. The final portion of the book introduces students to elements of commercial construction, including structural steel, masonry, and reinforced concrete.

An extensive set of drawings packaged with the book illustrates each building so that students can apply important skills and gain a "real-world" understanding of construction drawings in an engaging way.


  • Updated materials and techniques to meet the 2006 International Residential Code.
  • Carefully revised to update material throughout to ensure accuracy
  • More than 600 questions throughout the book encourage readers to critically review plans and apply those skills to various types of construction drawings.
  • Each section features a virtual walk-through of the appropriate building for visualization of concepts.
  • A math review at the back of the book provides step-by-step instructions for all the math concepts presented.


1. The Design-Construction Sequence and the Design Professions.
3. Scales.
4. Alphabet of Lines.
5. Use of Symbols.
6. Plan Views.
7. Elevations.
8. Sections and Details.
Part I Test.
9. Clearing and Rough Grading the Site.
10. Locating the Building.
11. Site Utilities.
12. Footings.
13. Foundation Walls.
14. Drainage, Insulation, and Concrete Slabs
15. Framing Systems.
16. Columns, Piers, and Girders.
17. Floor Framing.
18. Laying Out Walls and Partitions.
19. Framing Openings in Walls.
20. Roof Construction Terms.
21. Roof Trusses.
22. Common Rafters.
23. Hip and Valley Framing.
24. Cornices.
25. Windows and Doors.
26. Exterior Wall Coverings.
27. Decks.
28. Finishing Site Work.
29. Fireplaces.
30. Stairs.
31. Insulation and Room Finishing.
32. Cabinets.
Part II Test.
33. Orienting the Drawings.
34. Party Walls.
35. Plumbing.
36. Electrical.
Part III Test.
Unit 37. Commercial Construction.
Unit 38. Coordination of Drawings.
Unit 39. Structural Drawings.
Unit 40. Mechanical Drawings.
Unit 41. Electrical Drawings.
Part IV Test.
School Addition Master Keynotes.
Math Reviews.
Material Symbols in Sections.
Plumbing Symbols.
Electrical Symbols.

Duplex Drawings.
Lake House Drawings.
Town House Drawings.
School Addition Drawings.

416 Pages - 8-1/2 x 11 in.

Mark W. Huth brings many years of experience in the industry to his writing--first working as a carpenter, contractor, and then a building construction teacher and his career has allowed him to consult with hundreds of construction educators in high schools, colleges, and universities.

He also authored several other construction titles, including Basic Blueprint Reading for Construction, Residential Construction Academy: Basic Principles for Construction and Practical Problems in Mathematics for Carpenters.


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