Floor Plans Generate Excitement

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Excitement for your listing means SOLD! Floor plans are a great marketing tool. Distribute them as a handout at open houses, upload them to your website to complement a virtual tour. or put them on your MLS Realty page to inform potential clients. Prospective home buyers appreciate as much information as possible. We help you provide that.

Below is an article we found that further explains the functions and benefits of a floor plan.

Floor Plan Drafting Explained

By Brian M. Curran

Overview

Floor plan drafting is but one of many different types of services offered by drafting service businesses. In this article I will discuss floor plan drafting as it pertains to existing structures. I will point out when such drafting would be called for, and what content would be drafted.

Defining Terms

Drafting is the craft or trade of drawing. The type of drawing that comes to my mind personally is technical drawing. In the AEC industry, plans are what is drawn. Plans are sometimes known as blueprints. However, nowadays drafting is done using CAD software, so the term blueprint is a bit out of date.

“Floor plan drafting”, as it pertains to existing structures, is a term that refers to the process of a person visiting a structure in order to measure a floor plan with a hand held tape measure and a hand held laser distance measuring device. Then subsequently using CAD software to draft the floor plan from the measurements that were collected in the field.

The Need

Floor plans of existing structures could be required for many different reasons. Let’s look at two hypothetical scenarios in order to better understand the demand for such drawings.

Consider for example if one were selling his apartment, and a potential buyer from across the world wanted to see the layout of the apartment, along with the associated number of square feet of living space. A floor plan of the apartment could provide the information needed to meet both of these requests.

Alternatively, consider if one owned a private home and wanted to enlarge his kitchen, complete with a new cabinet and appliance layout. Suppose he wanted to do so by demolishing a common wall and combining the existing kitchen with an adjacent room. In order to determine what type of cabinet and appliance layout would fit the new space, a floor plan of the two existing rooms would most likely be the starting point of the renovation project.

What Would Be Drafted?

In the past I have been asked, “What is normally included in a floor plan?” The answer to this question is as follows.

First, let’s understand what the word “plan” means. The word “plan”, or “plan view” as it is used in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry, is the top-down view of something. To better comprehend this, let’s consider the first floor of a house as an example. A “plan view” of the first floor of a house would be a top-down view of it. The plan view would be the perspective of the floor as if a bird were hovering over it and looking down upon it.

Now, in regards to “What is normally included…”. It would normally include the exterior walls, interior walls, window openings, door openings, stairs, bathroom fixtures and kitchen appliances. Also, on more complex floor plans, more information may be included, such as cabinetry, radiators, mechanical equipment, electrical outlets, switches, light fixtures, alarm panels, heating registers and et cetera.

In Closing

Floor plan drafting of existing structures could be required for many different reasons, and a drawing could include more or less information depending on what it would be used for. Nevertheless, as have been mentioned, there would be some basic elements that all floor plan drawings would contain.

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