I often forget to mention the experience I gained in building construction; in particular residential construction. My first full time job as a residential estimator taught me a great deal since I worked in direct communication with the field and the building crews. The people in the field actually doing the work became my greatest asset making me a better estimator and drafter. Run it by the “field” was one of the most important things I was taught. They know.
One thing I often think about is today’s readily available 3D views and quickly generated sections. Both now so easily enhanced with rendering of different flavors. This of course saves a lot of time and can enhance design checking and material count if utilized (detail, detail, detail). And very importantly giving the field a good picture of what they are asked to build for the client. “A picture is worth a “thousand words.”
The above images are recent residential examples I produced in order to help the client “see” their idea. And very importantly supply detail for the builder and the field.