One of the first steps towards building a house is creating a house plan which is to be used as a blueprint in construction. A house plan consists of many components such as a floor plan, roof plan, elevation, building sections and electrical plans. In this blog, we will be introducing how you can draw your own elevations for your house plan.
To be able to draw elevations, it is important that you have the floor plan ready. The elevations will show what your house will look like from all the sides with the perspective flattened out. This will be crucial for builder and concerned governmental authorities to ensure that the local building code is being followed in the construction.
Elevation drawings reveal many important components of the house including but not limited to - Walls of the house and their height, Dimensions of the roof, visible portion of the foundation, windows and gate and their dimensions, exterior features such as balconies, courtyards, and staircases, visible portion of the foundation, roof finishings and finished ground level.
You can choose between using a software for making your elevations, or drawing them out manually. There are free as well as paid software available on the internet for drawing house plans, but the software often come with a learning curve. Alternatively, you can hand-draw the elevations on paper. For doing that, the most basic materials you need are a ruler or an architect’s scale, plain paper, black graphite pencil, colored pencils, eraser, protractor, T-square, adjustable triangle, compass, tracing paper, masking tape and utility knife. For greater convenience in drawing, it is better to have a mechanical pencil with leads and an erasing shield for ensuring that you erase only the part that you want to.
You also need a flat, hard surface to work on such as a table. Also ensure that you are working in a well-lit space.
Mentioned below briefly are the steps that you need to follow for drawing the elevation for your house -
These steps for drawing the elevation of a comprehensive house plan will be discussed in detail in the blogs to come.