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Architectural Plans and Elevations: The basics of what, how and why it’s important?


Architectural Plans and Elevations

Architectural Plans and Elevations plays a crucial role in the construction process. They are used by architects and builders to get an insight into how to go about the different steps of the actual construction process. The architectural plans incorporate schedules, working drawings, elevations and other significant sheets.

One of the most common architectural plans would foundation plans, roof plans, floor plans, elevation views etc. This will offer a great sense of clarity on how the entire structure will look post the completion process.

What is an elevation drawing?

An elevation detailed drawing include the first angle projection of all the different parts of a structure as viewed from a specific direction. The perspective in an elevation drawing is flattened. Most of the architects use the four dimensional view when creating the elevation drawing – north, south, east, 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 architectural elevation drawings are an integral part of construction projects?

Elevation detailed drawings

The reasons are quite simple yet very significant. The architects at BluEntCAD perceive the elevation view of any structure to be very effective and valuable for construction projects. The elevation views are created for both interior and exterior space of a building. Every side of the space is displayed in an excruciatingly detailed form.

Elevation views

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 even roof slopes. The details are quite vivid and gives a maximized sense of how every section of the building is going to look.

When it comes to the roof slope, it may differ for all covered parts of a house. A garage or shed roof may need a different kind of slopes. With respect to the exterior finishes, BluEntCAD architects add them to the elevations. So while one side of the architectural elevation drawing of a house can showcase a brick, the other three would probably showcase other kind of materials.

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 hence the builders and carpenters know exactly where to set them. The design features such as lowered counters and fixtures allow the carpenters to install the features as per the requirements. The universal design heights and details for doors, cabinets, and other features are shown as well.

Hence, this kind of exhaustive clarity is very vital for builders and contractors to understand the overall design of the structure.

How do BluEntCAD architects bring architectural plans and elevations to life?

Architectural plans

To create an accurate house plan the designers at BluEntCAD first work on the concept of the house. They need to draw a very rough architectural house plans that incorporates various details. It gives an insight into how to organize the space and how big every part of the space is going to be. It offers a clear picture and defines the mass, shape and scale of the house.

These details include the most intricate information on which room should get the most natural light versus which room is going to be more private in nature. Also, which space will have the perfect view. These help in connecting the dots and then 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 the final shape, the perfection is measured by the balance it reflects. The changes or modifications made do not ruin the entire concept of layout and that is where BluEntCAD architects score brownie points!


Architectural plans and elevations are quite informative and give the clients a glimpse into what their future home is going to offer. There is exhaustive clarity as every stakeholder is able to get a deep understanding of the scale, texture as well as the placement of the doors, windows, roofs, and columns. This is what BluEntCAD architects and designers are brilliant at – creating an evocative feel to architectural house plans! Connect with us to know more about our architectural plans and elevations services.

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