This course is offered in partnership with MTCopeland.  Learn to read and understand architectural drawings, mechanical drawings, civil plans, finishing schedules, and more, in this blueprints reading class.  Spanish captions available.  @ HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

Residential Blueprints



Jordan Smith is the CEO and Founder of Smith House Company, a design+build firm  based in Austin, Texas. He learned to build and weld while working on the farm with his grandad, and after earning a degree in Welding and Materials Engineering, he spent the next 10 years working in the heavy construction building everything from robots to ships to offshore oil rigs before transitioning to residential construction. After spending a couple of years working with industry leading builders in Austin, Jordan and his wife Veronica struck out on their own to form Smith House Co.



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Course Description

Learn the fundamentals of reading prints for construction.

Course Outline

Class Overview – Outlines the objectives and skills mastered in this course.

Scales & Measurement – How to use an architect’s ruler to make reading scales easy.

Title Sheets & Site Plans – Provides an overview and a framework to navigate blueprints.

Floor Plans – Provides a bird’s eye view of the house.

Elevations & Sections – Provides a vertical view of the home.

Details & Schedules – Provides the specific information needed for a home’s finishing touches.

Structural Drawings – Show how the design for a building can maintain the structural integrity of the home.

Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing (MEP) – No modern home is complete without the HVAC (mechanical), electrical, and plumbing systems.

Putting It All Together – A final word on how to navigate prints from the beginning to the end.