How to create a Floor Plan of your Space
You may find yourself in a position where either you want to hire someone who is requesting some existing floor plans or you want to play around with some ideas you have for your own space.
There are several ways you can go about developing a plan layout, some ways easier than others! We highlight some of your options below to get you started.
*Legibility and Information are Key*
The easiest method may be do a basic sketch of the room shape and take measurements yourself. My suggestion is to go room by room and then you can combine the information for adjacent areas next.
Go around the room with a tape measure and record dimensions of all the walls (width and height). Using a helper can be very helpful!
Measure ceiling height and if there are areas in room that change height measure those too (for example a soffit that can exist for ductwork)
Include the the dimensions of all openings, windows, doors including their height, width and window sill height from the floor.
Make note of permanent fixtures, trim, outlets, switches, or other important elements that could affect a design.
If you are doing a kitchen or bath project note water supplies (and shut off) plus utility connections like the electrical circuit box or gas line for stove.
*Photographs* can also be immensely helpful - as they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Take photos of each major wall of the room and ceiling to include as much detail as you can including any architectural features or important built-in elements.
REAL ESTATE PLANS
If your home has been listed for sale recently there may be real estate marketing plans available to provide a starting point. Sometimes these can be found on real estate sites or maybe you saved a copy from when you purchased your home.
You can also check for existing plans with the builder, developer, architect of your home.
For any new construction and most major renovations, permits issued would have required architectural plans be submitted. These can be a good starting point and can help you understand your homes history!
If you don't want to take on this process yourself, there are other options including companies who can come out and create basic plans for you. The costs for those services may vary. If you you are planning to sell or rent your home this could also be a good option.
Also, don't forget that if we are hired to work with you on a project we can help you with this because we always start with existing base plans.
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