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Residential Architectural Survey

This is an example of the information measured and drawn for an architectural survey of an existing home.

The plans indicate the overall footprint of the home and accurately scaled and dimensioned rooms, walls, brick veneer, doors, windows, skylights, kitchen counters and cabinets, appliances, bathroom fixtures, tubs, counters, closet bars, critical furniture pieces (like beds), stairs and handrails, chases, walks, decks, and potentially utilities and mechanical equipment if potentially interferring with a project.

Property and site information might also be required. A site survey by a licensed land surveyor will be needed, although often this is providing with the deed during purchase or development. It can be helpful for additional site limitations to be established with further site analysis.

For an addition or renovation requiring work on the exterior, full elevations of the relevant facades are usually required to ensure the proper fitting of new work to the existing. This typically includes those seen in this example: slope of the ground against the building, brick size/coursing, doors, windows, skylights, garage doors, roof pitches and overhangs, gutters, gable vents, chimney, trim and important decorative items, locations of utilities, decks and handrails, access doors, foundation vents, and anything else that might coordinate or interfere with a possible project.

In addition to coordinating quality work for construction drawings, existing elevations may also be used for permitting, review by homeowners associations, and general design solutions such as for color and material selections as exemplified on the Craftsman Home.