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The Importance of Floor Plans When Building a House

June 25 | by Jamey Vick

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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.

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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