Home Design Drawings

Home Design DrawingsProgressing a home from concept to realization requires many plans and drawings that guide how it will be created. The designs have two purposes: to document what the homeowner currently wants to and give an advance notice that the design may need to be modified. Some of the plans feature a snapshot of the homeowner's entire home while others focus on minute details that must be completed before construction is over.

Preliminary, Sketch and Working Drawings

These are rough drawings that an architect will create to give the homeowner a general idea of what their home might look like. Often, if the homeowner wants a particular feature such as a dormer, the architect will at this point include one or more to reflect what their client actually wants, as well as discarding features that the client definitely does not want.

Site Plans

Site plans are a rendering of the entire property on which the home will be built. These plans give the architect, builder and homeowner an idea of the "big picture" and how each aspect of their home will fit together. For homes that are located on a subdivision, a site plan will clearly identify the lot number and define the dimensions of the lot.

The design of the home, and its relation to the driveway or roadside parking, are depicted on the lot since many homeowners wish to plan how their cars will be housed within a garage or an assigned parking space alongside their home. The site plan will also give client a sense of scale.

If the homeowner requests landscaping services with their home plan, the site plan will show the landscaping features including fencing and outbuildings that will surround the home. In some cases, the landscaping features will be marked for future development after the home is built.

Floor Plans

For multi-storied homes, the floor plan will give a 2-D rendering of how each floor will be built. The floor plan zooms into particular features, such as the height of cabinets in a kitchen and their distance from an appliance or door. At this level, the builder or architect will define the scale of individual features in the home. A 3-D floor plan can often give clients a better idea of the scale of fixtures or features, but may come at an additional expense. Either type of plan allows the homeowner to makes decisions about their preferences for the scale of features and material types.


An elevation drawing depicts the home from the perspective of an onlooker. These designs are created to give both builder and client an idea of the height of the home, each floor and large vertical features such as columns and windows.


Ask anyone what a home plan looks like and they'll immediately think of blueprints. Although more modern types of plans have replaced them, blueprints were originally used to represent the "official" or "legal" plan of a building. The plans filed for commercial buildings are often simply referred to as blueprints, and if a homeowner is required to file their home design with the government or homeowners association, the plans are commonly referred to as blueprints.

How to Make Your Own Home Design

There are many software programs that allow you to create a plan of your proposed home, known as Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD). You can use them as a way to generate initial ideas about the layout and design that you want. Some of the software can be downloaded for free, giving the amateur home designer a chance to try her hand at designing a building. The software can give 2-D or 3-D images of a proposed home plan, and when meeting with an architect they can help narrow down what the homeowner wants in their new home.

You will need a licensed architect or builder to ensure that the plans you create meet local building codes. You also have the option of purchasing pre-made home plans or working with an architect to create a custom designed home. Due to local government regulations on new and existing structures, home design software programs will never replace the work done by licensed professionals, but they are a handy tool for envisioning your core requirements.

Home design drawings are a representation of what a proposed home will look like once construction is completed. As the construction progresses, these drawings give both clients and professionals a snapshot of the progress and an idea of what revisions need to be made in order for the home to fit the homeowner's needs