Architectural Plans and Elevations: The basics of what, how and why it’s important?
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This blog has been updated on – December 02, 2019
Architectural plans and elevations play a crucial role in the construction process. The plans include schedules, working drawings, elevations, and other significant sheets. They are used by architects and builders to better understand how to go about the construction process.
Table of Content:
- What is an elevation drawing?
- Why are architectural elevation drawings an integral part of construction projects?
- Exterior finishes in elevation detail drawing
- Interior finishes in architectural elevation drawings
- How do BluEntCAD architects bring architectural plans and elevations to life?
- Get in touch
Architectural plans and elevation drawings mostly include foundation plans, roof plans, floor plans, elevation views, etc. Think of these documents as references that can be consulted by all stakeholders in construction projects time and again to:
- Be on the same page
- Familiarize themselves with the project flow
- Keep themselves updated on the project timelines
- Incorporate any new changes done on paper to the actual project.
What is an elevation drawing?
An elevation drawing includes the first angle projection of all the parts of a structure as viewed from a specific direction. The perspective in an elevation drawing is flattened. Most architects use a four-dimensional view when creating the elevation drawing – north, south, east, and west.
As per online sources, the exact definition is: “The term ‘elevation’ refers to an orthographic projection of the exterior (or sometimes the interior) faces of a building that is a two-dimensional drawing of the building’s façades.”
Why are architectural elevation drawings an integral part of construction projects?
The architects at BluEntCAD perceive the elevation view of any structure to be valuable for construction projects. Elevation views are created for both the interior and exterior space of a building. Every side of the space is displayed in a detailed form.
Exterior finishes in elevation detail drawing
The detailed drawings of elevation take into consideration all the particulars for framing and exterior finishes. This includes finished floor heights, roofing and siding materials, ceiling heights and roof slopes. The details are vivid and portray how every section of the building is going to look.
The roof slope usually differs for all covered parts of a house. A garage or shed roof may need a different kind of slope, while an attic might need another. BluEntCAD architects add exterior finishes to the elevations. So, while one side of the architectural elevation drawing of a house can showcase brick, the other three can showcase textured patterns that accentuate the curb appeal.
Interior finishes in architectural elevation drawings
The interior finishes on the plan sheet include work on cabinets, built-in bookcases, and trim work. They showcase interior elevations, so the builders and carpenters know exactly where to set them. Design features such as lowered counters and fixtures allow carpenters to install the features as per requirements. The universal design heights and details for doors, cabinets, and other features are shown as well.
This kind of exhaustive clarity is vital for builders and contractors to understand the overall design of the structure.
How do BluEntCAD architects bring architectural plans and elevations to life?
To create an accurate house plan, the designers at BluEntCAD first work on the concept of the house through architectural plans and elevations.
They draw a rough architectural house plan that incorporates various details including the architecture design, elevation drawings, and floor plans. This gives an insight into how to organize the space, offering a clear picture by defines the mass, shape, and scale of the house.
These details include intricate information such as which room will get the most natural light, which room will be the most private, which space will have the perfect view, etc. These help in connecting the dots and creating precise floor plans and elevation drawings.
Once the concept of the house comes to life, other details such as openings and trims are refined. The flat plan of the elevation detail drawing is used to connect the different facets of the house. Once the structure takes its final shape, the perfection is measured by the balance it reflects. The changes made do not damage the concept of the layout.
Architectural plans and elevations give the clients a glimpse of what their future home or office is going to offer. There is exhaustive clarity, as every stakeholder gets a deep understanding of the scale and texture, as well as the placement of the doors, windows, roofs, and columns.
Maximum Value. Achieved.