You Don't Even Know What a Write-Off Is!

You Don't Even Know What a Write-Off Is!

If you don’t know what a write-off is, you’re not alone! Find out what a write-off is, what expenses you can deduct from your taxes, and the best way to track your expenses.

How to Link Excel Spreadsheets into AutoCAD and Revit

How to Link Excel Spreadsheets into AutoCAD and Revit

One of the biggest issues I see in projects is duplicate information. This is something I always try to avoid whenever I can. This might mean duplicate information within a single Revit file across multiple sheets, or duplicate information between different programs. One of the best ways to avoid this issue is to link files into your projects rather than manually typing in the information into multiple places so any changes only have to be made once and will update across all of your files.

Free Time Tracking and Invoicing for Freelancers

Free Time Tracking and Invoicing for Freelancers

If you’re looking for a free customizable method for tracking your time and invoicing your clients then look no further! This is the system I created and used when I first began freelancing which was a huge step up from using my notebook. If you hate doing math, I’ll show you the formulas you need to make sure your hours and amounts due are calculated correctly. Best of all you can fully customize your invoices to get them to look however you envisioned!

Must Have Tools for Existing Conditions Surveys

Must Have Tools for Existing Conditions Surveys

You can do an existing conditions survey simply with a pen, paper, and measuring tape, but it would take hours longer and leave you with much less documentation than if you were to use these recommended tools.

5 Resources Every Architect and Architectural Designer Needs at their Desk

There's so much more to being a great designer than drawing pretty pictures and building models.

Pretty pictures have to be accompanied by well designed spaces that not only comply with the code but also remain functional. The way to become a great designer is to gain as much experience as you can and know the right material to use as a guide. Having the right resources at your disposal is such an important element in your success as a designer, along with working under a seasoned and skilled professional.

22 of My Favorite Revit Keyboard Shortcuts

Using shortcuts is critical to having a working quickly and efficiently in Revit. I’ll never forget watching my partner on a project using the ribbon to draw all of his elements on our model. Tasks that I could complete in seconds would take him minutes which is time that adds up quickly. I want you to make the most of your time so you can begin working faster and smarter in Revit, so here are 22 of my most used Revit keyboard shortcuts.

What's a Drafting Brush?

Updated 12/05/2018

What’s a Drafting Brush?

Who doesn't need a tool to wipe the crumbs off their desk?

When I first started hand drafting I always used my hand to wipe away eraser bits and pencil shavings. I would get so frustrated when the heat from my hand would attract the graphite on the page and spread it all across my drawings! I thought, there has to be a better way! 

Soon I came across this tool called a drafting brush. It would glide gently across my drawings, cleaning away all the eraser bits, excess graphite, and heck, even the crumbs scattered across my drawings from eating at my desk! A drafting brush is such a simple tool but an essential one to keep your drawings clean and crisp.



 

The drafting brush I use: Westcott/C-Thru*

What's an Eraser Shield

Updated 12/05/18

What’s an Eraser Shield?

Have you ever tried to erase a part of your drawing and end up erasing too much or smudging it with your hand?

I've had that happen so many times!

Then I discovered the eraser shield which changed my life. It's literally a stainless steel shield with voided forms that guides your eraser as you erase. It's amazing! Watch below to see how it works.



 

Eraser shield I use: Westcott/C-Thru


What's an Eraser Pen

Who knew you didn't have to take an Xacto to your erasers to erase with precision!?

Having the right tool for the job is key for productivity. Improvising can work well at times but I've found that improvising can take up valuable time and can lead to unsatisfactory results.

When I was in my earlier years in school I used to use an Xacto or Olfa knife to sharpen my erasers when there was a small area that needed to be fixed or erased. Once I found the eraser pen though, it saved me tons of time and I could see a noticeable difference in the quality of my erasing which is important on final drawings! Watch below to see the eraser pen in action.

 

Eraser pen I use: Staedtler*


What's a Kneaded Eraser

Who knew there were so many different types of erasers!?

It's vital to know the purpose of different tools and how to use them in different way so you can be more productive. Using the right tool can be the difference between having a great project and potentially having to start a rendering over.

Watch to see what a kneaded eraser is and how to use it.

 

Kneaded eraser I use: Prismacolor*


What's a Lead Pointer

If you haven't seen last weeks post/video about lead holders, go check that out first!

This week we're talking all about lead pointers - what they are and how to use them. Check out the video to see more!

 

Here is the lead pointer I use: Alvin Rotary*


What Are My Custom Computer Specifications?

What Are My Custom Computer Specifications?

A few years ago I had a friend build a custom computer for me, built to suit my needs. I was so frustrated with the performance and lifespan of the prebuilt computers I’d had before of all prices, brands, mac, pc, you name it. The prebuilt computers just couldn’t perform the way I needed them to so I decided to go the route of custom built computers. Since announcing this transition to the interwebs, I’ve been asked so many times what specification I have for my computer, so here they are!

What's a Lead Holder?

When I was first starting out in architecture I knew close to nothing about what supplies I needed, how to use them, or where to get them. I want to save you the trouble and stress of not knowing these things. This is the first video of a new series called "What's This Thing?" where I will introduce different architecture studio supplies, and terminology and explain what they are and how to use them. In this video we look at a lead holder and lead refills.

 

Here are the lead holders I use: Kohinoor* and Prismacolor Turquoise*

Here are the lead refills that I use: Prismacolor Turquoise


Paring Down for Tiny Living

As you may or not know, I'm in the process of designing a tiny house on wheels that I'll be building for myself! I have a bunch of design iterations (which I will eventually be sharing with you) and am now refining one of my designs.

To make things even more real, I am paring down all of my belongings so that I can live more simply in my tiny house, clutter free! Watch to see the transformation and see the amount of things I hoarded in a tiny bedroom!

 

New Channel Direction

I noticed myself starting to make more videos geared toward my personal life outside of architecture. I realize that some of you are only interested in my architecture videos and less interested in my daily life, and some of you are the opposite! I want to be able to give all of you what you want, and cater to both of my audiences, so I'm announcing the start of a new vlogging channel called Chels and Cheese! Watch to see more updates!

 

I Love My New Job

I absolutely love my new job!

Last week was one of my worst weeks, this week was one of my best. The new firm I'm working for is absolutely amazing. It even surpassed the high standards and expectations I had going into it. The contrast between this job and my old one couldn't be more drastic, the difference is night and day.

This new firm is extremely employee oriented, everyone is so genuinely nice and talented and loves to work here. I couldn't be more proud to work for such an outstanding, friendly, encouraging, low-pressure firm. This was a good week :)