Measured Building Surveys
Prior to commencement of any commission, it is important to have an accurate record of a site, any existing structures and any services.
RDJW Architects have the experience and skilled staff to undertake precisely measured surveys and provide reliable, accurate building information including plans, elevations and sections.
Drawing Types Explained:
Floor Plan Drawings
Floor plan drawings are one of the most common drawing types in architecture and building engineering projects. A floor plan is a scaled drawing showing a view from above which clearly defines the relationship of rooms and areas to each other. Floor plans are important as they show elements of a building and where they are positioned. Elements include doors, windows, walls, stairs, overhead beams etc.
A floor plan is one of the first places a designer will start when coming up with their designs. It can help to understand the layout of a room and see whether furniture fits, and obtain accurate floor areas for contractor pricing.
A section drawing shows a cut through a building as if it had been sliced with a knife and one part has been removed. A section through a building is very useful for a designer as they can clearly see the relationships of the spaces to each other, which may not be clear on a plan. It is also useful for getting a clearer picture of heights within a building and can show important relationships between items such as ceiling and floor levels. The direction and location of the section lines are usually stated on the floor plan drawing and if drawn correctly will show the section as it is at that exact location.
An elevation drawing is a view showing one side of a building. An elevation drawing is the most common method to show the outside of a building and is useful as it can clearly show what an existing or proposed situation looks like. An elevation drawing can pick up basic information such as the location of doors, windows and steps, as well as more complex features of the building’s facade, such as architectural details above windows and ironmongery.
Depending on the building works taking place an elevation will be required of the building faces that are being changed. For example, a rear extension may require both a rear elevation and a side elevation drawing.
A roof plan is a view looking from overhead, and it details the arrangement of the roof layout. A roof plan will note where items such as ridges, chimneys and eaves extents are. Roof plans are useful for designers as the layout of the roof could impact a new construction such as a loft conversion. Having a good idea of the roof’s specifications can help save money and avoid future problems as issues can be sorted prior to construction.
Surveying a roof can be difficult due to access issues and not being able to see it from ground level. If this is the case then sometimes a roof plan will need to be assumed using internal measurements within the loft area.
A site plan can be defined as a slightly simplified topographical survey. A site plan will show your building in relation to important features such as property boundaries, other building on the site, large trees etc. A site plan may also show where inspection chambers are and note their details, including invert levels and drain run directions. Sometimes it is crucial to know where your proposed development sits in regard to other features so issues are nullified.