Last edited 19 Jul 2017

Principal elevation

The term 'principal elevation' typically refers to the front elevation of a dwellinghouse. The front elevation of most dwellinghouses faces a road. However, where it is not obvious which elevation is the principal elevation, other factors may be considered, including:

  • The position of the main door.
  • The position of windows.
  • The relationship to the road.
  • Boundary treatments.
  • Ornamentation.

There can only be one principal elevation.

The 'rear elevation' is the elevation opposite the principal elevation.

Side elevations link the principal and rear elevation.

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