Custom House Design: Three Core Guidelines for Drafting Your Floor Plans

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Welcome to my blog. I'm Carrie and I would like to share some of the top tips I have learnt about construction and repair work in the home. My passion is for buying old property and carrying out work on them to bring them into the 21st century. I started out doing this a couple of years ago. I used some money I had inherited to buy a wreck of a place and if I am honest, I didn't have a clue what I was doing. I was really lucky to find some great contractors who helped me out a lot and taught me lots of very cool things.

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Custom House Design: Three Core Guidelines for Drafting Your Floor Plans

16 April 2019
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


The process of designing and drafting the perfect floor plan is complex and challenging. Therefore, if you are planning on building a unique custom house, you should choose an experienced draftsperson for the design and drawing tasks. This expert will help you create the best residential floor plan for your family. However, you should not neglect personal participation if you have some ideas. In simple terms, if you have a vision in your mind, you should draft a rough floor plan and have your specialist incorporate the details in your official design. Here are some basic steps for drafting your floor plan.

Calculate the Total Area

When drafting your floor plan, you should determine the area of the building or room. In simple terms, you should know the precise measurements of the residential space before you begin drafting. Under normal circumstances, you should first determine the total surface area of the entire floor. If you know the total area, you can allocate different proportions of the space to the specific rooms. Moreover, you will be able to plot the floor of movement. It is also important to know the size of each room for detailed drafting. If you have no idea about the area of the planned house, your plans will not be actionable.

Plan for Accurate Representation

After determining the area of the building, you should choose your scale for drafting. It is advisable to always use an accurate scale when drawing your rough floor plan. Otherwise, you will not be able to determine if your ideas and plans are practical. Simply speaking, if your drawing is up to scale, you might make wrong assumptions about the size of your space. If you have time, you should use an architecture ruler for scale. However, you can also utilise simple graph paper where a square represents a unit area of real space.

Think Before Drafting Your Rooms

You should begin the drafting process by drawing your walls. If you are planning on drafting the entire floor, it is advisable to outline the exterior walls first. Then, you can move on to allocating area to different rooms. When drafting the rooms, you should think carefully about the position of various spaces. Make sure that your plan is practical for your needs. If the rooms are placed arbitrarily, your house will look chaotic. You should also remember to maintain your scale when drawing your walls, windows, doors and even furniture. If you are uncertain about your ideas, consult your draftsperson for the best outcome. 

Reach out to a contractor who offers draftsman services to learn more.