The Importance of Floor Plans When Building a House
June 25 | by Jamey Vick
Creating a detailed floor plan of your home before starting construction is one of the most important first steps you can take. A traditional floor plan is a scaled diagram of the design and layout of the house. It is a bird’s eye view of the home from above, looking downwards, and it allows you to ensure all structural and other elements will fit into the final vision you have for the home. Advancements in technology now give homebuilders the option to created 3D floor plans as well. These computerized plans allow you to "walk through" your finished home and provide a much more realistic idea of what the house will look and feel like when construction is completed. The main aspects of a floor plan include the dimensions of the home and each room within in, the scale and ratio of the structure, and specific details about all the rooms, including things like where the closets and windows will be and even where you will place your appliances and furniture.
What benefits can a floor plan provide?
The benefits of a well-laid-out floor plan are endless. When purchasing an already constructed home, you get the opportunity to browse through the rooms in person and get a feel for the entire space as a whole. When building a house from scratch, you don’t have this luxury, but you can have the next best thing with a detailed floor plan.
- Floor plans allow you to visualize your ideas – Both 2D and 3D floor plans help you see what your home's layout will look like. They give you the unique opportunity to take your ideas and put them down on paper or into a specialized computer program where you can visualize what your finished construction will be. Floor plans are also much easier to interpret than professional blueprints are. Blueprints can be highly technical and require a certain level of knowledge and expertise to understand. Floor plans are much easier to comprehend and make it much easier to picture the finished product.
- They contain essential details about your home – All of the necessary information about your home is documented in a good floor plan. Things like the location of windows, doors, closets, appliances, and even furniture layout will be contained in a floor plan.
- They allow you to choose your building materials in advance – 3D floor plans can be beneficial in enabling you to determine which flooring, cabinets, and other accessories will suit your space the best. It can be challenging to try and visualize which finishes will work best together, but a floor plan can help make this process much more manageable.
- Floor plans can help determine the furniture and décor of the house – Since floor plans are created to scale, they can help you determine which furniture will work best in each room. They can also help ensure that you have sufficient space for the appliances you want and can be of great assistance when planning the final décor.
- They are easy to change – Once you get your ideas laid out, you may find that certain aspects of the layout don’t work as well as you thought they would. That is perfectly ok. Changing your floor plan is much easier than trying to make changes after construction has started. You can adjust room sizes, window placement, and even the entire layout of the house well in advance. If you’re using a specialized computer program, making these changes is even easier. You can simply drag and drop specific features or even shift rooms around with just a click of the mouse.
- They are the first step in creating the final blueprints – The blueprints are the plans that a contractor will receive before starting construction. These blueprints are drawn up by an architect and are based on the floor plan layout. A thorough floor plan will provide the architect with all the information they need to create a proper and well-thought-out set of blueprints.
- They act as a reference for construction workers – While construction workers must follow the blueprints as their primary guide, floor plans can help them more easily see your vision for the home. The better able they are to see your vision, the more accurate their work will be. Since most construction projects involve multiple subcontractors, providing each with a detailed floor plan will allow them to see what all other workers are doing and enable them to schedule properly what needs to be done.
- Floor plans help you determine your final budget – As mentioned above, having a well-defined floor plan can help you decide which building materials you will use. It can also help you plan out your finishings, appliances, and furniture for every room in the home. This will allow you to calculate your final budget more accurately and help you to stay within your means.
Without a detailed floor plan, visualizing how your finished home will look can be challenging. It also makes adequately expressing your vision to the contractors and workers who will be creating it even more complicated. Taking the time to develop a well-thought-out floor plan will translate into having a well-designed home that meets all the expectations that you set out to achieve.
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