How to Read Blueprints
Total Time: 2hr 9min with Instructor Jordan Smith
Learn how to understand, navigate, and use residential blueprints from professional builder Jordan Smith.
Chapter 1: Course Overview
A blueprint is the fundamental plan for the construction of any structure. In this lesson, Jordan provides a basic overview of the class, outlining the objectives and skills mastered in this online course.
Chapter 2: Scales & Measurement
Using a simple plan for the shed in his back yard as a guide, Jordan shares how to use an architect’s ruler to make reading scales easy.
Chapter 3: Title Sheets & Site Plans
A title sheet gives you information about the property, a building’s location on that property, the team involved in the project, and how to navigate the whole set of residential blueprints.
Chapter 4:. Floor Plans
Part of the architectural drawings within your set of residential blueprints, the floor plans provide a bird’s eye view of the interior plan for a house.
Chapter 5: Elevations & Sectional Views
Elevations and sections are two-dimensional views of the interior and exterior surfaces of a house.
Chapter 6: Details & Schedules
Rounding out the architectural drawings within your set of residential blueprints, details are just what they sound like: specific looks at detailed components of the building. Schedules are tables that help you accurately order and use doors, windows, and more.
Chapter 7: Structural Drawings
Structural drawings show how the design for a building can maintain the structural integrity of the home in normal and hazardous weather conditions. Jordan shows you how to understand the key components of a house’s structure from the perspective of a builder and an engineer.
Chapter 8: Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing (MEP)
No modern home is complete without the systems that make it function: HVAC (mechanical), electrical, and plumbing. As a builder or framer, it’s important to know where those systems will be routed so you can leave space for them to be laid in. Learn how.
Chapter 9: Putting It All Together
Learn how to put what you’ve learned to practice by reading a title page and navigating a complete set of residential blueprints.
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