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Elevation, Importance and Types of Elevation Plans and Elevation Drawings

Architectural elevations – Drawings that depict a structure from a single facade usually front, rear or side view of house is presented through elevation plans.

An elevation is a view of an object from one side, a flat depiction from one facade. Usually elevations are drawings of an exterior of a structure or building but are not restricted to portraying exterior view as most believe. For example an elevation can be a view of an interior or an exterior wall of a building.

Elevation plans are diagrams drawn in perspective of views of the vertical or standing part of objects. Elevations provide a two-dimensional view showing height and width. Usually this view of wall shows items that cannot be clearly displayed in plan.

House elevations are drawn to scale so that measurements can be taken for any aspect necessary. The wall is measured down proportionately to a size that will fit on a sheet. Each elevation is then titled with the scale noted below.

Exterior elevation drawing sets include front, back and both side elevations. These elevations specify the arrangement of the different facades of the building, including ridge heights, the positioning of the final fall of the land, exterior finishes, roof pitches, etc. While interior elevations show detailing of the inside walls and millwork like wall moldings, signs, graphics, window sizes, or a finish pattern that is applied on the wall.

Architectural elevations are ultimately designs for conveying the appearance of interior or exterior wall and finishes of a building. What if these designs are paid an extra attention to depict uncommon and artistic rooflines and impressive millwork and trim configuration?

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