The Construction Details Books

Welcome to your online access to the construction detailing books from First In Architecture

Understanding Architectural Details

This website is for universities, colleges and libraries to gain online access to the series of construction detailing ebooks available from First In Architecture.
The paperback books are already featured in many university libraries but now they can be made available online to all students studying architecture and construction orientated courses.
This website offers an annual subscription to access the books.

About the Books


Understanding Architectural Details is the popular ebook series from First In Architecture. A new approach, and a new look to educational construction books, Understanding Architectural Details is a highly visual, high colour set of books that guide the reader through construction methods and detailing. The books have received excellent feedback, with one main request being that they can be available to all students on the construction and architecture courses. They are now!

Understanding Architectural Details – Book 1

A Visual Guide to Residential Construction Detailing

The ebook includes around 200 pages of explaination and details on the following areas:

  • Functional requirements
  • Masonry construction
  • Timber frame construction
  • Foundations
  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Roofs
  • Notes on the building regulations

We look at the principles behind construction detailing, and delve deep into each area of the building to make sure you have a full understanding of the construction detail.

There are over 75 2D detailing, with U-value information and clear labelling. There are over 75 3D details, which clearly demonstrate the construction of the detail and help you to really understand the build up.


Understanding Architectural Details – Book 2

Basement Construction

This book focuses purely on basement detailing, the different types of construction and waterproofing (Types, A, B & C), along with the elements of waterproofing.

This book includes:

  • Principles of basement design
  • Guide to Type A construction
  • Guide to Type B construction
  • Guide to Type C construction
  • Over 25 2D images
  • Over 15 3D images

Understanding Architectural Details – Book 3

A Visual Guide to Commercial Construction

This book is packed full of over 120 construction details in 2D and 100 construction details in 3D – all for concrete and steel construction. All of this in over 200 pages!

The areas covered are:

  • Foundations and floors
  • Frames
  • Walls and cladding
  • Roofs
  • Insulating concrete formwork

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One of the most difficult aspects of teaching, and learning about, construction technology is how to convey the reality of construction details when it is often difficult to see them in practice.  This marvellous book of details provides an invaluable aid to help teachers to explain complex 3-D details, and students to understand them.  The clarity of the 3-D details is outstanding, and the coverage is comprehensive.  This book fills a gap in the teaching of architectural detailing in residential construction and will be of immense benefit to teachers and students alike.

John Bradley

Senior Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University