Residential, Commercial & Industrial plans

A brief definition of the terminologies

Residential, Commercial and Industrial Plans:


Residential plans.

As the word implies residential meaning a Home, Dwelling, Apartment, Townhouse or Cluster development, a place of residence.
These are designs for living spaces, as opposed to working, industrial or manufacturing areas.

Residential plans include additions and/or alterations which may be added to a dwelling.

Normally residential plans comprise of three main categories:

  • Low-cost housing
  • Middle income housing and
  • Upmarket luxury housing.

Within these three categories there are Apartment Buildings aka Flats, Cluster and Townhouse developments.

Crane Designs has extensive experience with Residential plans in Johannesburg.

We provide architectural drawing services in Feather Brooke Estates; Dain Fern Estates; Cedar Lake Country Estates; Kaylami Estates; Willowbrook Estates.

Cluster developments in Chane Cliff Estates; Gary’s place (Roodepoort) and many other private dwellings.

We produce 3-D virtual models of all of our projects, this enables smooth communication between clients and ourselves.

3-D models aid to visualize the end product.

Creating 3-D models help the client visualize such things as parking space, landscaping ideas, wall colours and textures and roofing finishes.

During the design process, 3-D virtual models allow for corrections which are immediately visible to the client.

Correct site orientation to allow for the best utilization of the surrounding scenery.

Property Developers use 3-D virtual models and artistic renderings to produce sales and marketing information of their project/developments.



Commercial plans.

Commercial plans refers to drawings where the general public conduct business, places of education, and places of worship.

A commercial building is a building that is used for commercial use.

Types can include office buildings, warehouses, or retail (i.e. convenience stores, ‘big box‘ stores, shopping malls, etc.).

In urban locations, a commercial building often combines functions, such as an office on levels 2-10, with retail on floor.

Local authorities commonly maintain strict regulations on commercial zoning, and have the authority to designate any zoned area as such.

A business must be located in a commercial area or area zoned at least partially for commerce.


Industrial plans.

Industrial plans refers to drawings for structures related to the manufacturing process of items, such as factories, assembly plants, chemical plants and agricultural storage facilities.

Industrial architecture is the design and construction of buildings serving industry. Such buildings rose in importance with the industrial revolution, and were some of the pioneering structures of modern architecture.

The architectural design of industrial buildings depends mostly on how pronounced the standard features and characteristiclines of the structures are. Characteristic features include large and long facades; large, unbroken blank walls and glasssurfaces, corresponding to a single, undivided internal space; and repeated faces of parallel spans. Other features arepeaked, stepped, or curvilinear roofs; distinctive stairwells; and various engineering structures, such as flues and ventilationducts, pipelines, and exposed equipment. The appearance of industrial buildings depends in great part on the artistictreatment of the materials and structures used, the shape of structures, the system used to divide walls into prefabricatedelements, the surface finish, and the color of structural and finishing materials. This is especially true when prefabricationmethods of construction are used. Glare-reducers, sun deflectors, decorative lattices, and other elements for providingshade greatly affect the appearance of industrial buildings in southern regions.


Krugersdorp drive through bottle store.
Industrial projects.

You can be a general, a politician, an economist who is depressed,

a musician in a minor key, a painter in dark colours.

But architecture is that complete ecstasy that the future can be better

and it is that belief that I think drives society.

– Daniel Libeskindarc