Save time by starting with the right template for your residential project specification. A specification is a simplified listing of all the materials, expectations, standards and performance criteria for your project. It lists, in detail, all the information that the drawings aren't able to. This is the outline specification I use as the starting point for all my residential architecture projects at 30X40 Design Workshop.
- 27-page Residential Architecture Outline Specification Template
- Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) Formats Included
- Template includes Embedded Styles so it's easy to change fonts + formats
- Swap in your Logo for the Placeholder in the Header
- Fully customizable + editable to your standards
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What are Specifications?
Architectural Specifications form an important part of the Contract Documents; they describe - with specificity - aspects of the work that the drawings can't. This specification has been carefully crafted, revised and developed over many years in my studio. As building science, new materials, and best practices evolve this base specification template I've updated this template.
You can use this as the foundation and starting point for creating your own custom set of specifications, tailored to your practice and standards. Because my practice is focused on residential architecture, this document has been designed to be used for light wood construction and covers residential scope and scale projects.
These are NOT 3-part specifications, they are outline specifications, meaning they're general in nature and describe systems, reference some manufacturer's + products, materials + thicknesses. Some aspects of the work are described in general terms using performance requirements. For example: how a structure is expected to perform during a blower door test. You'll want to review this document carefully and tailor it to your needs, treating it as a template for crafting your own personalized version.
Why do you need them?
Specifications include references to aspects of the work it would be difficult or impossible to include in your drawing set. They cover information and details you might not have thought to include as well. They complement the drawings and make the pricing or bidding process more efficient ensuring you're left nothing to chance or for someone else to decide for you. They're part of making sure you have a complete project and accurate pricing.
Divisions Included (CSI)
- Division 1 - General Requirements
- Division 2 - Site Construction
- Division 3 - Concrete
- Division 4 - Masonry
- Division 5 - Metals
- Division 6 - Wood + Plastics
- Division 7 - Thermal + Moisture Protection
- Division 8 - Doors, Windows + Hardware
- Division 9 - Finishes
- Division 10 - Specialties
- Division 11 - Equipment
- Division 12 - Furnishings (Limited Information)
- Division 13 - Special Construction
- Division 14 - Conveying Systems (No Information)
- Division 15 - Mechanical Systems + Plumbing
- Division 16 - Electrical
These will save you time and provide the foundation you need to build your design business on. They can be treated as an expense to invoice through your project, or as a general business expense.*
*Please consult your tax advisor for details.