What is a Site Plan for a House?
By HiLine Hal
This post was originally published on June 15th, 2019, and last updated on Feb 10th, 2021.
Every dream home starts with a thoughtful and thorough site plan. Site plans, also known as “plot plans,” are an essential step in your home building journey that outlines all the elements of your property. Whether you’re dreaming of building a large multigenerational home, or a small ADU on your property, it all starts with a plan.
Site plans help paint the picture of how your proposed new home, building layout, landscape, and terrain fit together.
What is a Site Plan?
A site plan is a scale drawing showing the intended use of your property and the space between each element. It usually includes the following elements: the building footprint, details of the utilities, necessary landscaping, and setbacks as governed by the building department.
The site plan is an integral part of starting the construction process on your new home and determining the size of the home that will fit your property. Your local building department will require specific elements to be clearly marked on the site plan. For this reason, it is advisable to determine those elements early in your feasibility study by visiting your building department.
Get Help with Site Plans from our Home Consultants
Many people dream of their home for years before they are ready to start looking for a property. Then they find the right property; the one where you can envision your dream home. When you start talking with the professionals you may hear terms you are not familiar with, such as site plan, feasibility study, perk holes, and more.
We have assisted thousands of homeowners who are open to learning about building terms but are not sure where to start. One place is our FAQ page, which will answer some common questions we have heard through the over 20+ years of homebuilding in the PNW region. Please always feel free to connect with your local home consultant as they are your personal resource to assist you in starting to build your dream home.