Architecture involves great new possibilities. It has developed gradually so that now we have numerous ways of building our houses and mansions in every possible way we want. A house is not just a place for living; it is also a place where you can have your imaginations worked upon to have any sort of dwelling you want.
The major sections or parts of a house are actually the areas of our need or of our interest. The balconies, the stairs, windows and doors, every part of the house comprises of a definite structure and thus a definite function.
House construction isn’t simple at all, and one cannot just start by piling up bricks upon one another. By doing that, a structure might be built, but it would have many construction faults, and this is why we need a plan for constructing all the elements in a specified area which not only features our needs but also different set of instructions for the basic building model.
Some of the features exhibited by home design plans are as follows:
One of the things that home design plans show is the floor plans. It is a detailed, to the scale drawing or sketch of a house which shows the relationship of all the rooms, any other areas and features at one story or level. It is drawn commonly at a level of 4 feet above the ground and it shows the overview of a house: the fireplaces, any sink installation areas, furnaces, everything.
Interior and exterior elevations
The home plans also tell us about the degree of exterior and interior elevation so that proper measurements could be taken during the process of construction. In the exterior elevations, roof pitches, rooflines and final fall of the land is marked and in interior elevations, the elevation of the interior walls and also the interior-finish components or the millwork.
A section is a cut through any area of a house which is then noted on the house plan. These explain the details of the finish touches and the way a building will be constructed. It features a detailed discussion about the ceiling height, ceiling type, window and door type.
Roof plans are also shown in the more detailed house plans. The pitch of the roof and its overall detailing is the purpose it serves. The other thing that is shown in it is the framing or the support which a roof would have after it is constructed. This gives the builders an idea that from where the roofs are to be supported so that it doesn’t interfere in the floor structures. A compromise is sometimes made between the frames and the floor area underneath. The pitch of the roof on the other hand is the degree of its steepness.
A house plan also includes details of the type of foundation a house would be constructed with. The depth of the foundation, their location and its contours are discussed in this plan.