Frequently Asked Questions
What version of CAD will I need?
All of the CAD drawings are AutoCAD 2010. Although the dwg files may be compatible with other programs such as Vectorworks, we cannot guarantee functionality. If you are not sure whether you will be able to view the CAD file, please download a full sample set: Go to Sample Download
What version of Revit will I need?
All core Revit drawings are in version 2019. All new Revit drawings published from Jan 2022 will be in version 2020. If you are not sure whether you will be able to view the Revit file, please download a full sample set: Go to Sample Download
What version of SketchUp will I need?
All of the SketchUp models are in SketchUp version 2015 or earlier. So, if you have SketchUp 2015 or later, you will be able to open the SketchUp models.
Do I have to use CAD and SketchUp?
No, you can also get the jpeg and pdf of each detail if you sign up to the Pro plan or purchase individual details. The jpeg and pdf files are for the 2d images only. The 3d details are only visible in the SketchUp files. If you are not sure whether you will be able to open any of the files - please download the full sample pack. Go to Sample Download.
Are the details relevant in my country?
The details are all based on UK construction methods and standards.
How long will I have access for?
If you sign up to the Lite or Pro plan you will receive access for one year. This will be auto renewed on an annual basis.
Does the subscription renew automatically?
Can I cancel?
The subscription is for one year access to the library, if you choose to cancel you will still have access to the library until your annual subscription renewal date. You can cancel at any time.
14 Day Money back Guarantee
We understand that signing up for an annual subscription is a big decision. If you are not satisfied with the Detail Library, you can send us a message within the first 14 days and we will refund your money. Any refund will be subject to our Terms and Conditions.
How many users can use an account?
Is there a subscription for teams or education institutions?
Does the library include the Understanding Architectural Details books by Emma Walshaw?
What details are included from the books?
What's the difference between the books and the library?
The books are predominantly aimed at students and new graduates (although people from all across the architectural field do purchase them) - they contain explanatory information along with a selection of details that can also be purchased alongside the book. The details are in CAD and SketchUp.
The Detail Library consists of many of the residential details from the books, but hundreds of other details that we have added. We add new details every month along with useful resources and technical guides. You can purchase one off details, or subscribe for a year to have unlimited access to all of the details, and the new ones we publish.
The Detail Library contains details from:
- Understanding Architectural Details Residential (4th Edition)
- Understanding Passivhaus
- Understanding Loft Conversions
- And some details from Understanding Architectural Details Basements
The Pro membership provides the details in CAD, SketchUp, and Revit (2D).
Some people like to purchase both the books and a subscription, and if this is of interest we offer a discount to anyone purchasing both.
Is it UK construction?
All details are based on UK construction and drawn in metric units. If you decide to sign up to the library from outside of the UK, we cannot guarantee how helpful the details will be for you.