Procedure For Drawing your Elevations in AutoCad 

Save as your Altered House Plan as Elevations.

Make an ELEVATION LAYER with a colour of WHITE and linetype of CONTINOUS. Then change to that layer.

Copy your altered house plan so you have 4 plans.


Rotate the 3 copied plans so you have each side facing down.

Rotate your dimensions with the floor-plan just in case you need them later.


Freeze or turn off your dimensions so it is less cluttered to work with. 


Use your floor plan to project lines and draw your front view.

Move your plan up on the page and then bring down lines for your front view (walls, windows, doors, roof overhangs and peaks.)

Draw a horizontal line near the bottom (with ORTHO on) for the bottom of the front elevation.

Copy or Offset this line up 8 feet for the ceiling height -- this will be erased later on.

Trim lines and insert Doors and Windows

For bay windows you will most likely need to put in a window close in size then explode it and stretch it to fit to size.





From the 8’ corner draw the slope of the roof with a regular pitch of 4/12, 5/12, 6/12, etc.

Draw the slope with a line started at the wall corner and then coordinate entry @12’, 5’ for a 5/12 pitch.

Copy the line up 6” for the roof thickness and extend to the roof peak and overhang.


Delete the 8’ line and the lower roof line for a hip roof.  Trim the wall lines to the overhang

If there is enough space put your back view on the same sheet..         

Rotate your plan 180° for the Back Elevation

Freeze all the floor plan layers when no longer needed.

Using the HATCH command add roofing, siding, stucco, etc.

Hatches  - ar-arroof, ar-rshke, brass, brick, clay, cork, dolmit, dots, line, earth, grass, insul, , plasti, trans and others – 

Only hatch on one side of a roof line or the line will be hard to see. 



Use appropriate looking hatches for the parts of the house and change scale for appropriate sizes!!!

Add notations as to material types (normal names not hatch names)!!!

Rather than fully fill with the hatch use some random filling as shown below using splines, then erase the splines afterwards.

You may need to draw a rectangle around the doors or windows so the hatch doesn’t go through them.

Then draw the other sides of the house – right & left sides and back.  

Add the Pitch Symbol and dimensions:

  • Create pitch symbol by copying the roof line up and draw horizontal and vertical lines then add the numbers
  • Dimension lines are 4 feet away from the elevation then 2 feet apart thereafter.
  • Dimensions are usually on the right side but can be on the left side if needed.
  • Add all the dimensions as follows on each of the elevations:
    • Ground to top of the eaves (top of the overhang)
    • To all roof peaks including bay window corners connections
    • To chimney


Do not delete the four floorplans – you may need them to fix up errors latter.

Set up your drawing so you have the FRONT ELEVATION and BACK ELEVATION on the layout paper. 

Plot out these elevations on the large plotter to a scale of 1/4” = 1’.

Then set up your drawing so you have the RIGHT ELEVATION and LEFT ELEVATION on the layout paper. 

Plot out these elevations on the large plotter to a scale of 1/4” = 1’.

Print out the Mark Sheet and Check Off that you have all the required criteria completed.

Hand in you elevations with your floor plan and the mark sheet to the proper handin area.