What is a Site Plan?
Site Plan vs. Floor Plan
A site plan is different from a house floor plan . A site plan shows all the structures on a plot of land, while a floor plan is for the interior mapping of the building that sits on the site.
A site plan drawing begins with clear property lines, precise measurements between key buildings and landscaping. It has everything that will exist within the property lines. The focus is on the exterior of the building or home.
A floor plan is a scaled drawing of the interior of a home depicting details such as the room sizes, doors, windows, fixtures, and relationships between those spaces. The focus is on the inside of the building or home. Floor plans allow for the visualization of significant changes within the home before they occur.
The Importance of Site Plans
The purpose of a site plan is to visualize all the structural elements on a piece of a land. It is an architectural drawing that clearly communicates a vision. It helps determine the best location for the driveway, lawn, deck or pool and determine which materials to use on each for the best overall design. A residential site plan can designate a theme or atmosphere to save time and manage the final project’s overall aesthetics.
A good site plan quickly communicates to the customer a beautiful visual of what to expect. Throw in a few extra details with lighting and let them see the design’s impact at different times of the day.
2D Site Plans
A 2D site plan is a sketch that shows the layout of the property from above. It includes the location of buildings and structures, driveways, landscaping, pools, walkways, and more.
This design provides a clear, flat diagram of the layout of the property. Sometimes they will be color-coded to distinguish various areas. It is a simplistic design and the first step in drawing a site plan.
A 3D site visual makes it easier to visualize the final product and shows the texture and contrast of various materials.
It is the pop-up book version of the 2D plan. Images are rendered in a more immersive way that allow the viewer to fully imagine walking through the site once completed. This allows the client to see the structure at different times of the day and night, providing additional details that can not be viewed in 2D.
For clients who are unfamiliar with reading site plans, the 3D site visual is an easier drawing to understand. It creates a lasting impact and a wow factor for clients, making them more eager to invest in the construction.
3 Key Site Plan Considerations
Draw to Scale
Site Plan Examples
Outline Property Boundaries
Identify the property lines with a hidden wall to get accurate measurements then hedge the plot or use a low wall to visualize it on the 3D view. You can use similar features to add a wall or hedge in the same way as you do to draw walls for the house floor plan. Once the property lines are established you can add the other structures and coverings.
Draw Site Plan to Scale
Use the import layer function to upload the terrain layer to Cedreo. You can rotate it and place it under the house floor plan. It allows you to include the shape of the lot. Once all elements are drawn, you can use a color code to identify each zone and add tree or vehicule symbols to display on the 2D view.
Add Furnishing Elements in 3D
Once done, you can add the deck, pool, lawn and furnish the projects with 3D trees, vehicules to make it realistic for the 3D site visuals rendering. You can select the 3D products and apply covering materials to adapt your project to your client’s needs.
Export and Save Site Plan
With one click, export and save a project in 2D. You can select the scale and format, jpg or pdf, before downloading. All projects rendered into 3D can be seen in the gallery and are ready to be downloaded in jpg format to showcase to your clients.