An exterior elevation is a two dimensional drawing that shows what each side of the house looks like from the outside. The drawing provides the builder with key information about the home. This sheet contains a lot of information that can be used by the builder to create the home as it was designed.
The exterior elevation is much like the foundation layout sheet. While there are dimensions that must be adhered to such as the finished floor and plate height and the roof pitch, there are things that can be changed is absolutely necessary. Things of a more decorative nature can always be changed or altered to better suit your own specific style. Things like banding detail, sill detail, and roof tile (or shingle type) can be changed, but following the plans will assure the best results.
Many times we see our homes built where exterior details are overlooked or given less than the desired attention. This always results in a home that lacks the detail that makes it memorable. It may seem like a reasonable idea to substitute a 8 inch square post with a 12 inch square post, both being structurally suitable. However this will detracts from the overall balance of the design. We look to classical sizing parameters for proper proportion and scale.Careful thought and not a small amount of work has been devoted to creating the best possible curb appeal for our designs. It is important to remember that while a lot of the elements of the exterior elevations can be altered, doing so without a thorough understanding of the effects it will have can result in a less than desirable effect.
An elevation drawing is an orthographic projection drawing that shows one side of the house. The purpose of an elevation drawing is to show the finished appearance of a given side of the house and furnish vertical height dimensions. Four elevationsare customarily drawn, one for each side of the house.