The elevation view is a side view of the structure. Jim explains that an elevation is not only a side view, but is also a side view from the outside of the structure. This view can convey information that includes vertical dimensions, elevations, locations of doors and windows, and outside finishes.
- [Instructor] If we call this Plan View again I'll look at the structure from directly overhead. The Elevation View can be described as a look at the structure from the side. But, more specifically from the outside of the structure or element that we're building. Now, most of the time the Elevation Views are going to be found exclusively in the architectural drawings. These views also contain dimensions, just like our Plan View here, but they also include detailed drawings of architectural features and finishes to help you really visualize the outside of the finished structure.
So, let's see what that looks like. I'm going to go ahead and split the screen so we can look at these two views side by side. So I'm going to leave our Plan View up here, and I'm going to open our bookmarks and navigate to sheet A 201, our exterior elevation. So you see now, two very different views of the same structure, we still have the house and we still have the garage in our Plan View but, over here in our Elevation View, this is what the side of the house looks like and the side of the garage looks like.
Now, let's zoom in and see what kind of information we can find on the elevation drawings and how that compares to some of the same information on the Plan View drawings. So, as we zoom in to the Plan View, remember, we looked last time at some of these exterior dimensions and it tells us how long this wall is and where to locate the windows in that wall. Now, if we go to the Elevation View, we're looking at this same wall this window is this same window and now we get some information, oops, on this other side we get some information about elevations and height of the building that we don't get here, so here we get information in the Plan View about how long the wall is and here in the Elevation View, we get information about how tall that wall is and I find that information here where it says the top of my foundation wall is at zero and the bottom of my floor joists is at nine foot, three and three eighths inches.
So that gives me an idea of how tall this wall is. Now while we're comparing these two drawings let's make sure we're properly oriented. I want to go ahead and zoom out on both drawings and make sure that we're looking at the Elevation View that corresponds with the correct side of the house. So, if I zoom in here, you'll see that this uses the term Right Side or East Elevation and down here at the bottom it uses the term Front or South Elevation.
Now, remember that when we're looking at a set of construction drawings and the designer is using the terms North, South, East and West, they're not referring to North, South, East and West, in an actual physical geographic location on the piece of property. They're talking about North, South, East and West, as it pertains to the Plan View. So if I come back here to the Plan View, North is always up, South is always down, West is the left, East is to the right.
So, that's important because again what we're looking here is the Front Elevation, the front is not the top, we know the front is the bottom because it says South and South is always the bottom according to our Plan View. So, let's go ahead and zoom in on our Elevation View and just look at a few more pieces of information there. Remember, at the start of this video I said, not only does it contain dimensions, but it also contains some details on the architectural finishes that the outside of the structure's going to receive.
So, you see that illustrated here in a couple different ways. One, you can see it visually illustrated here with the way they've drawn in the windows and the way they've drawn the siding in on this building. But, I also want you to take note, of this line that points to the siding. If we follow that out, we see that there's a number five inside of a hexagon. So, I want to go ahead and scroll over and I'm looking for a key that tells me what those hexagon symbols mean. So, here's my Sheet Keynotes that indicates that anything inside a hexagon is one of these numbers down here and what I was looking at was a number five which tells me it's Fiber Cement Siding.
So, again, I can go pick this information off of this Elevation View and really get a better feel for what kind of materials go into the building of this structure and how it's going to look when it's done. Let's look at one more piece of information. I have kind of a diamond shaped A and again the diamond shape indicates that's the window key and if I look at A I get some very precise information on the actual size of this window.
So, let's zoom out and again, I'm going to leave you with the overall Elevation View of the side of our building and remember that I opened this video by explaining that these Elevation Views aren't just vertical looks at the side of the structure but as you can see here, specifically from the outside of the structure. What I want to do now is continue on and see what we can learn from looking at a vertical view of the inside of the structure.
In this course, learn how to read construction drawings. Jim Rogers helps you acquire this important skillset by taking you through the different components that make up construction plans, and helping you understand the language of construction drawings. He covers types of views, highlights different kinds of construction drawings—including architectural drawings, electrical drawings, and plumbing drawings—explains how to read general notes, and more.
- Deciphering the language of construction drawings
- Understanding line types
- Reviewing plan views, elevation views, section views, and isometric views
- Reviewing architectural drawings, structural drawings, and mechanical drawings
- Drilling down to the details
- Reviewing reference points on drawings
- Understanding schedules
- The future of construction drawings