With our desire to build innovative homes, floor plans can become quite tricky to read. A final floor plan can detail countless things, but here are the basic aspects you should familiarize yourself with to avoid being lost in your own home:
Before you examine the features of the floor plan, take note of the scale legend. Most builders establish an understanding with the homeowner to skip the “1/4 inch equals 1 foot, 1/8 inch equals 1 foot” reminder. Make sure to talk to the builder about the scale of the home, and apply it when you inspect the other features provided.
Literally straightforward. Walls are the first things you will distinguish upon glancing at a floor plan. Architects will make their illustration reflect the width of those boundaries, given that the walls are substantial enough. For renovations, new walls will have a patterned fill to separate them from the existing structure.
Architects from HamletHomes.com, a Utah home construction company, suggest doing a “virtual walk” to make sure all your house’s doors are swinging in the right direction. Note where the arc of the slated doors go, and where they begin. They say that picturing yourself in front of the door can give you an easier time realizing whether the builders are planning to place one in a wrong spot or orientation.
Windows are easy to miss, especially if the walls are thinly drawn. Look for three perpendicular lines along the walls. If you have a double casement window planned somewhere, there should be an extra perpendicular line beside the central one.
Locating where the stairs are is simple; you just need to make sure that the illustration is up to scale and it has the design you want. Architects always draw an arrow towards the higher section of the staircase. Some builders will specify this by printing UP or DOWN on either end. Take note of this since stairs can be very difficult to redo.
Once the time comes when you find yourself inspecting a floor plan you did not draw, remember that you have invested enough to let a mistake slip through now. Reading a floor plan is not that complicated. With the right knowledge and communication with your chosen builder, your perfect home can exist beyond a sheet of paper.