The building elevation diagram is an orthographic projection drawing of one side of the house. An elevation drawing aims to show the finished appearance of a given side of the house and provide vertical height dimensions. Typically, four elevations are drawn, one for each side of the house. A building elevation diagram refers to how a structure's front, side, or back is designed. When builders use the term, they refer to the various methods of building a house's exterior. Buyers often choose at least three to five elevations, depending on the subdivision.