Site Plan

Draw site plans easily to visualize the layout of the house and surrounding plot.

What is a Site Plan?

A site plan — sometimes referred to as a plot plan — is a document that maps out what structures will be included on a designated plot of land. It helps define the position and orientation of the house on the land, taking into consideration the sun position, to get a realistic view of the available space around the house once built. Home builders, remodelers, architects, and home designers use this tool to lay out detailed plans.

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, and 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.

2D site plan designed with Cedreo

The Importance of Site Plans

A site plan is an architectural drawing that clearly communicates a vision and includes all the structural elements on a piece of a land. . It illustrates the best location for the driveway, lawn, deck, or swimming pool and the materials that will be used to create specific features.. When creating a residential site plan in Cedreo, a designer can select a theme or atmosphere to save time.

A good site plan quickly communicates to the customer a beautiful visual of what to expect. Enhance the outdoor area with materials and landscaping, then adjust the sun angle to demonstrate how the completed project will look at different times of the day.

Types of Site Plans

There are two types of visuals that builders , remodelers , architects, and home designers use:

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. These are especially useful for new development projects, as sales representatives can show clients how their property fits into the neighborhood.

This design provides a clear, flat diagram of the layout of the property, and it may be color-coded to distinguish various areas. It is a simplistic design and the first step in drawing a site plan.

2D site plan designed with Cedreo
3D visual designed with Cedreo

3D Visuals

A 3D site visual makes it easier to show clients 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 imagine walking through the site once completed. Designers can show clients how their home and landscaping will look at different times of the day, with details that cannot be viewed in 2D.

For clients who are unfamiliar with reading site plans, the 3D site visual is easier 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

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Draw to Scale

Scale is an essential aspect of your planning project. It allows you to see exactly how each addition fits into the space you actually have. It eliminates misunderstandings and provides realistic expectations of what can be accomplished.
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Add Dimensions

Dimensions will help you determine the space structures occupy, parking accessibility, and how the proposed designs will work with the landscape.
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Include Easements

If your client has an easement — a section of land that someone else must use in order to reach a main road or their property — be sure to include that in your site plan.

Site Plan Examples

Here are a few examples of existing site plans. Take a few minutes to see how each feature plays an important role in communicating the final project.
Residential site plan
Residential site plan
Landscape site plan
Landscape site plan
Construction site plan
Construction site plan
House site plan
House site plan
Site plan rendering
Site plan rendering
Site plan with trees
Site plan with trees

How to Make a Site Plan

Whether you are a home builder or remodeler looking to make some changes to your client’s home, designing a site plan doesn’t have to be complicated. With Cedreo, you can create stunning site plan designs for residential and commercial properties to communicate the vision of a given plot of land.
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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 add a wall or hedge in the same way as you draw walls for the house floor plan. Once the property lines are established, you can add the other structures and coverings.

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Draw Site Plan to Scale

Use the import layer function to upload the terrain layer to Cedreo. You can rotate the terrain layer and place it under the house floor plan. Once you’re done drafting and have drawn all the elements, you can use color coding to identify each zone and add tree or vehicle symbols to the 2D view.

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Add Furnishing Elements in 3D

You can add the deck, swimming pool, garden, and lawn, then add 3D trees and vehicles before creating your 3D rendering.

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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 show to your clients.

Frequently Asked Questions About Site Planning

What is the Difference Between a Site Plan and a Floor Plan?

A site plan is for the exterior 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 allows you to visualize the location of the house on the terrain and the space available outside of the house, while the floor plan helps the clients see the available space inside the house, as well as furniture arrangement.

What is the Best Site Plan Software?

Cedreo — it’s the site plan software home builders, architects, and designers can use to easily build both 2D and 3D realistic interior and exterior renderings in just 2 hours. 3D renderings are also excellent sales tools for real estate professionals and interior designers, and with all files stored online, you can access your plans from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection.

Where Can I Find Site Plans?

A site plan likely already exists for the property you are updating. It can be found at the local county permit office or title company.

What is the Scale of a Site Plan?

The minimum scale for a site plan is 1 inch for every 20 feet, the maximum scale is 1 inch for every 60 feet.

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