The Millwork exercise on the NCIDQ Practicum Exam tests your knowledge of both millwork construction and accessibility.
You’ll show that you can design for both functional needs and building codes by coordinating cabinetry with plumbing and electrical services. For the problem you will draw an a plan, elevation and section view.
This cabinetry is a great example of accessibility as applied through the NCIDQ Building Codes.
Be sure to study the NCIDQ Building Codes:
- 5.0 ACCESSIBILITY
- 7.0 ELECTRICAL
It helps to visualize real-life scenarios that combine cabinetry with plumbing and electrical. For example – a kitchen, bathroom, restroom, bar, reception or laboratory area. Your design must include an accessible element.
If the design includes a sink, the sink MUST be accessible and you must draw it in your section. Always follow the program instructions about what to show for your section.
Think about the kind of information you would hand-off to a cabinet shop or other fabricator. A good solution is easily understood, and could be built from your drawings.
Watch this video for a great illustration of an accessible sink cabinet. Draw this example for practice in plan, elevation and section view. Being able to draw and understand this in this in 3 dimensions is what the NCIDQ Millwork drawing is all about.
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Action Steps for the NCIDQ Millwork Drawing
To master this drawing, do this exercise at least three times for practice. You should be able to complete it within the 1 hour allotted during the exam.
Aim for being able to solve any variation of the millwork problem comfortably within 45 minutes.
On exam day you may be stressed, and you’ll probably receive a drawing completely different from the ones you’ve seen in practice.Aim to be over-prepared, not under-prepared with these action steps for NCIDQ MillworkClick To Tweet
Besides the millwork exercises in the practice exams, try drawing the cabinet design featured in the video. Imagine how this could be included in an accessible kitchen layout and draw this, too. Be sure to go back and review the accessibility codes you used for restroom design, and apply them to this problem.
Here are some more great examples of accessible millwork in residential and commercial design. Use them to help you visualize and build up a library of mental examples for the NCIDQ millwork exercise.Even if you don’t have experience with these, take some examples and practice drawing an elevation or a section. Be sure these line up across all dimensions, and refer to a typical program for what you’ll show in elevation and section view.