COVER SHEET - This is the first sheet of the drawing set. It shows one or more 3-dimensional views or renderings of the home.
PLOT PLAN - This plan shows the legal building lot boundaries, setbacks, easements, location of building on the lot, location of well, septic system, utilities, and sometimes, roads or driveways. If the lot is too big, an inset is shown to identify the building coordinates on the lot. Drawing scale varies with the size of the lot.
SURVEY PLAN - This plan is the same as the Plot Plan with the addition of topological information from a survey. Drawing scale varies with the size of the lot.
SITE PLAN - The site plan is a fully detailed, 2-dimensional representation of a 3-dimensional terrain model of the developed building site. From this model, 3-dimensional renderings can be generated to show semi-realistic views of the building on the lot from any desired perspective. The site plan shows the building on the lot including driveways, roads, sidewalks, utilities, improvements, and a representation of existing and/or future landscaping and terrain elevations. Drawing scale varies with the size of the lot.
FOUNDATION PLAN - The foundation plan is an orthographic view of the home's foundation as viewed from the air. It shows, by dimension, the placement of interior and exterior foundation footings, walls, piers, flat-work, etc. Additional details are included as required. The foundation type may be slab-on-grade, crawl space, or basement. Drawing scale is 1/4" = 1'-0".
FLOOR PLAN - There may be more than one floor plan for a home depending on the number of levels. A floor plan is an orthographic view of the layout of a floor as seen from above without the confusion of a higher floor or roof system to obscure the view. Drawing scale is 1/4" = 1'-0".
ELECTRICAL PLAN - The electrical plan shows suggested locations for electrical outlets, switches, breaker and service panels, communications jacks, etc. Drawing scale is 1/4" = 1'-0".
BUILDING SECTIONS - These drawings show orthographic views of vertical slices through different sections of the building. A drawing package may include one or more of these sections depending on the complexity of the structure. Various building assemblies shown in these section views are identified by tagged pointers which reference a description of the assembly elsewhere on the page. Additionally, building sections will show elevation measurements of windows, floors, walls, and other structures relative to a common datum, usually the finish floor at the main level. Drawing scale is 1/4" = 1'-0".
WALL SECTIONS - These drawings identify in detail all components of a wall identified in a Building Section. A drawing package may include one or more of these sections depending on the complexity of the structure. Drawing scale is 1/4" - 3/8" = 1'-0".
EXTERIOR ELEVATIONS - Exterior elevation drawings show flat, 2-dimensional orthographic projections of a building structure which typically include Front, Rear, Right, Left, and Auxiliary views. Drawing scale is 1/4" = 1'-0".
ROOF PLAN - The roof plan is a 2-dimensional orthographic projection of the roof of the building showing all ridges and valleys. This drawing is also helpful in showing the location of chimneys and other roof features such as crickets and vents. Drawing scale is 1/4" = 1'-0".
INTERIOR WALL ELEVATIONS - Interior wall elevations show flat, 2-dimensional orthographic projections of interior walls of a building. These are helpful when showing wall treatments containing alcoves, soffits, cabinets, etc. Typically, a drawing sheet will include multiple wall elevations in a matrix. Drawing scale is 1/4" - 3/8" = 1'-0"
FLOOR AND ROOF FRAMING LAYOUTS - These drawings are 2-dimensional orthographic views of the placement of floor joists and roof trusses/rafters. Drawing scale is 1/4" = 1'-0".
FRAMING PLANS - A detailed framing plan shows all timbers and lumber used to form the walls, floors, roof, and ceilings. For the owner-builder with limited construction experience, these are invaluable. Depending on the complexity of the project, these plans are a great resource for any framing crew. The drawings will include 2D orthographic projections of all walls, floors, and roof. Additionally, 3D views at different angles showing only the framing will be provided.
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