“The key to a good project is a good design”.
Internal elevations and joinery design drawings are critical to the success of your home design, and its overall outcome. Not having them is instructing your builder to navigate without a map. Ultimately it can lead to expensive mistakes and design disappointments that could have been avoided.
Internal elevations show detailed joinery design, placement of taps, basins, accessories, shower niches, handle details, and anything else that is visible front on (opposed to a floorplan showing an aerial view).
It’s an area that homeowners often feel they don’t need, as they feel they can easily instruct the cabinet maker or builder in this area, which can lead to lots of issues on site, and ultimately lead to miscommunication and a less than ideal outcome.
So, what exactly are internal elevations anyway?
Internal Elevations are drawings that show the detail of a wall as if you are facing it front on. Typically you would have four internal elevations for each room showing each wall and what you can see on that wall as if you are facing it. They detail the size, placement, and design and construction notes, which can include the following (depending on the room);-
- Joinery design – location, benchtop thickness, handle detail and location, shadow lines and other details, floating height, size of cabinetry fronts and profile, shelf backing detail, appliance location, cabinetry type (pull out, retractable, push to close, bi-fold etc), opening mechanism
- Shower niche location, size and edging finish
- Tile layout – the extent of tiling, start and finish lines, and tile sizes.
- Shaver cabinets and mirrors – size and exact placement, recessed, opening mechanism
- Tapwear, mixes and showers – type, location (eg, wall or surface mounted).
- Location of power points
- Recessed details or fixing type
- Location of any noggings
- Drain location, size, and type
- Towel rails and toilet rails height, size, and location
- Location of any heating or cooling ducts
- Skirting tile extent
- Fireplace details, finish, and placement.
- Plus so much more depending on the design
Here is an example of a Kitchen Design showing internal elevations and joinery design;