Now that you have created all the building components that will be in the floor plan, it’s a good time to draw the exterior elevations. Elevations are horizontal views of the building, seen as if you were standing facing the building instead of looking down at it, as you do with a floor plan. An elevation view shows you how windows and doors fit into the walls and gives you an idea of how the building will look from the outside. In most architectural design projects, the drawings include at least four exterior elevations: front, back, and one for each side.
I’ll go over how to create the south elevation first. Then I’ll discuss some of the considerations necessary to complete the other elevations, and you’ll ...