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, 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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.