The building elevation The title indicates which side of the house the drawing depicts. Some architects and drafters use compass directions to refer to a face of a home facing a specific focus on a site. We simplify it by referring to how the plan is oriented on paper, such as the Building elevation, which shows how the elevations correspond to the floor plans because we do not know how you will place your home on the ground. Scale compares the drawing on paper to the real thing built in the real world. We typically use a 1/4"=1'-0" scale for our elevations.