Blueprint for House! Need? Necessity & How To Devise it? 

Blueprint for House! Need? Necessity & How To Devise it?

Blueprints of house construction are used by the builders and contractors as a customized plan to guide them on how to build or remodel a home. Many house owners are not aware of the construction and blueprints which could cause miscommunication leading to over-expenditure.

To make sure you get the home you want, homeowners should know about the basics of blueprints so that you get your desired home plans.

What do you mean by House construction Blueprints?

Blueprint is a type of construction drawing that shows how a building can be designed, what materials to be used and what are the features like doors, windows, sinks, and appliances to be used.

Whenever you‘re going to construct a building, you need to set up a blueprint. Whether you’re an architect, engineer, or construction worker, you show know how to read that.

These construction plans have to be with you and can be modified if needed later. The blueprint aims to make sure that the project has fulfilled the required compliances and building codes. 

Blueprint reading is an important skill that workers in the architecture design and construction industry need at each step of the building construction process.

Blueprint Basics

Blueprint is typically drawn on a 1/4 inch scale which means each quarter-inch on the plan equals 1 foot of the completed structure.

Main Features of a Blueprint

The anatomy of a blueprint includes:

1. Title block:

The title block usually contains-

  • Company Logo & Contact Information
  • Customer Name
  • Architect Name
  • Project Name
  • Site Address & Site Location
  • Drawing title
  • Date drawn
  • Number of sheets
  • Approvals
  • Scale

The title block contains important baseline information about the project.

2. Revision Block:

The revision block mentions any changes that are done to the drawing carrying the Date, Description of the Change, Name or Initials of the person doing the change.

The revision block section is included in various parts of the plan. When the blueprint is first drawn, the revision block stays empty and awaits revisions to the parts.  The things go on entering as the changes are made to the as-built drawings.

3. Grid System:
  1. Just like a map, the blueprint sheets carry a grid system that is both horizontal as well as vertical edges. That is the numbers are on one axis and letters are on the other. That helps in referencing a particular spot on the drawing.
4. Notes & Legends:

Symbols, abbreviations, notes, and other related information to each particular drawing are mentioned at the bottom of each floor plan. This becomes easier to decode the symbols of drawings. 

The legend is critical because the person can easily get confused while reading the blueprint as different architects & engineers usually produce them. Symbols don’t mean similar things for the construction workers working in different specialties.  

Besides this, there are some custom symbols are used that are not seen in other projects.

Examples of such symbols: 

  • Compass Symbol-Building Orientation
  • Straight Line – Indicating a door and the arc showing how it will open.
  • Thick lines- Denoting exterior walls
  • Triple line –Location of the window
  • Stove, Toilet, tubs are drawn in simple outline form.
5. Drawing or plan, Elevation & Sections:

The main area filling the center of each blueprint sheet is assigned to the drawing plan, Elevation & Sections that illustrates a particular view, feature, and system of the project.

6. Key Plan & Plot plan:

Key plan should be provided with the building location, Septic tank, septic tank location along with the plot plan.

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