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Site Plans - What They Are and How to Create One

Draw a site plan using our easy site plan software, envision the layout of the property and surrounding plot.

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What Is a Site Plan?

A site plan (also called a plot plan) is a drawing that shows the layout of a property or “site”. A site plan often includes the location of buildings as well as outdoor features such as driveways and walkways. In addition, site plans often show landscaped areas, gardens, swimming pools or water, trees, terraces, and more. Site plans can be large-scale showing entire plots of land with the buildings on-site or can be of smaller scale useful for creating a garden or backyard plan.

Large 3D Site Plan Example

Why Are Site Plans Important?

Site plans are essential for garden designers and landscapers to create layouts and show changes to a property. 

Site plans are also an important part of marketing real estate properties to show the complete property, including key outdoor features. Site plans give potential homebuyers an idea of the size, scale, and orientation of the property, better than photos do.

Site plan and floor plan

Site Plan vs. Floor Plan

The difference between a site plan and a floor plan is that a site plan demonstrates all the structures on a property area or piece of land whilst a floor plan illustrates the interior layout of a building. 

Both site plans and floor plans are useful in presenting a property, with site plans having the added benefit of including the surrounding grounds and plot.

Types of Site Plans

There are three types of site plans that are helpful for real estate, landscape design, and home improvement projects:

2D Site Plan With Landscape and Swimming Pool

2D Site Plans

A 2D Site Plan gives you a clear overview of the layout of your property. It can be a simple black and white diagram or color-coded to show different landscape features such as green areas or paved areas.

RoomSketcher Site Plan Software 3D Site Plan

3D Site Plans

A 3D Site Plan is a full-colored 3D rendering of your landscape layout. 3D Site Plans make it easy to understand and visualize what the landscape actually looks like including details such as structures, materials, plantings, and more.

Site Plan Live 3D

Visualize Site Plans in 3D

Bring your site plans and garden designs to life with Live 3D! Tour the property in a virtual 3D walkthrough.

How to Make Site Plans

There are two easy ways to create site plans. Either use a DIY floor plan software or order site plans from a redraw service.

Site plan software mac computer

Draw Yourself With a Floor Plan Creator

You can easily draw site plans yourself using a floor plan software. Even non-professionals can create high-quality site plans. Often, all you need to do is invest 10 minutes of your time in learning the software, and then you will be drawing in no time. 

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Order floor plans from blueprint to 2D and 3D Floor Plans

Order Site Plans From a Redraw Service

If you have an existing blueprint or sketch of the site, you can use a redraw service to get a professional site plan. Just send in the sketch, and the floor plan will be ready the next business day. The best services offer a solution where you can easily edit the final plan as well. 

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How to Read Site Plan Symbols

To make it easier for you to read a site plan it can be useful to know some standard site plan symbols.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Site Plan Resources and Ideas

Find site plan templates and examples online in our Floor Plan Gallery.

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