Home and property improvements, whether a new build, or alterations to an existing structure or property, can result in significant changes to your home and outdoor space including issues like drainage, landscaping, and topography. Whether you’re working with an architect, a design-build firm or a contractor any changes usually start with a plan. A big part of that plan is knowing the existing elements and layout of your property and understanding how it will be altered. This is where a site plan comes in.
A site plan is a readable map or diagram showing a plot of land on which structures sit, such as a house along with any additional landscape topography and features such as a detached garage, outbuildings, an in-ground swimming pool, large trees, rocks, fences utility poles, or basically another other fixed element on the property. Whenever any additional structures or alterations are made to a piece of property, it should be added to the site plan drawing.
A site plan a scale drawing that is used by governments to historically document changes to a property. Generally, a residential site plan depicts everything within the property lines including topography, pathways, buildings, and utilities.