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How to Read a Floor Plan

Posted by Holli McRae on 8/28/15 9:25 AM

The floor plan, or plan, is the most common of all architectural drawings. From builders to architects, Realtors to appraisers, everyone uses a floor plan. More than likely this is because the floor plan is the one drawing that tells us the most about a house. From the type of house to the size of the house, a floor plan reveals area, structure, circulation pattern, stair location, door and window locations, room layout and so much more.

While floor plans do reveal a lot about the functional characteristics of a house, they often lack the information needed to describe the home's overall feel. This is because they can't easily show us what is going on in the third dimension. So when looking at a floor plan, remember that you're looking at just one view of the house and you'll need to look at other views to really understand all of the house's features.

Having said this, let's look at what a floor plan shows.

While ceiling transitions aren't readily shown in a floor plan because they occur above, drawing conventions can reveal them. Dashed lines, as in the drawing here, allude to a change in the ceiling above the floor. We may not know what exactly this ceiling change is, but we know that there is a change, and we can then go to other drawings, such as a section (a vertical slice through the house instead of the horizontal slice that a floor plan is), to learn more.

 

Author:

Houzz Contributor. My name is Bud Dietrich and I am an architect located in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. I am licensed to practice architecture in Illinois, Florida, New Jersey & Wisconsin and I am a certificate holder from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Since 1996 I have worked from my home office and provide full architectural services exclusively to the single family residential market. My passion is to transform my clients' houses into their homes. I strive to have the "new" home accommodate my clients' lives without fighting them at every junction. I look to add curb appeal to encourage a beautiful streetscape.

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