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What You Need to Know About Construction Blueprints

What You Need to Know About Construction Blueprints

by Proforma Construction, October 24, 2019

Understanding construction blueprints.

If you work in the construction industry, then being able to read blueprints is an essential part of your job.  Construction professionals who try to skip this step will fail to complete their work properly and will ultimately be unsuccessful.  So, if you are interested in working in the construction industry, then it’s important to know a little bit about blueprints beforehand.  These are some of the important things to know about construction blueprints.

  • What are Blueprints?

Construction blueprints are two-dimensional drawings that contain all the details needed for a building project.  Blueprints are needed to apply for permits, set the project schedule, and actually complete the construction.  Blueprints contain essential details, such as quality specifications, building codes, and measurements.

  • Tips for Reading Blueprints

When reading blueprints, the first thing that you should do is scan the entire plan and read all the notes and specifications.  Once you are aware of the project basics, you can focus on the finer details of the plan.  After looking at the plan view (or most basic blueprints), you can move onto the blueprints for specific aspects of the build.  For instance, blueprints are created for different components of the project, such as the roof, building structure, and plumbing and electrical systems.

Oftentimes, reading blueprints is difficult because the person creating the plans will use their own set of abbreviations and symbols.  Unfortunately, there is no universal shorthand, so the abbreviations and symbols you see will differ depending on the individual creating the blueprints.  Fortunately, most people include a key on their blueprints, so everyone knows what they are referring to.  So, look for this key first to help you navigate through any unfamiliar words and symbols.

  • Why are Blueprints so Important?

Construction blueprints provide the base of the project planning process.  Based on the plans laid out in the blueprints, the parties involved in the project will discuss and address concerns, assign specific tasks, hire labor, allocate resources, and so on.  Blueprints also provide essential information that will guide contractors throughout the building process.  As a project nears completion, the contractor will also refer to the blueprints to ensure they have met building standards and specifications.  From planning to completion, blueprints play an inextricable role in the construction process.

This is what you need to know about construction blueprints.  Do you have additional questions about these important documents?  If so, then contact your Pleasanton contractor at Proforma Construction.   Serving Pleasanton and the surrounding California area, our highly-trained team is ready to make your commercial construction dreams a reality.