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Have you ever had a dream house you wanted to bring to life?
You may have had that dream at one point in time or another, but you may have found yourself not licensed to draw the plans. At best, you need a working understanding of how to design that house. If not, at least, this knowledge will help you understand a blueprint of your design, if an architect you’ve constructed creates it.
Your Dream House in Reality
Some subjects in school may have given you a basic idea of what it’s like to design a house. If not, here’s what actually goes behind creating a blueprint.
Be familiar with the area
It all starts with the location on where you’ll build. You may be building a structure from scratch or recreating something you’ve bought; whatever state your project may be in, you need to figure out how to create it by determining measurements or how large an area you’re going to be redesigning. Ocular inspections of the location helps.
In architecture, measurements are everything. It’s easier to design a layout if you’ve got an idea of how much space you’re working with. If there’s a structure already standing, you can measure the walls and style your layout according to what had already worked with the old structure. Doing this will ensure that your structure will fit the available space easily.
Have a sure idea of what you want
Even if you’ve got the wall and floor plan measurements in place, you should also have an exact idea of what will be in this house. This includes furniture; where these will be place, how large they are, and how big of an area each of them will occupy. This will further determine if your designated area is large enough to house this and have people still moving properly in them.
Picture out everything by drawing it complete
The idea here is to give your client—if you’re an architect—or you a general idea of how the building or structure will look like when finished. Try to see with your mind’s eye what furniture or other appliances your structure will hold. This includes all the rooms available in the house—bedrooms, the kitchen, the bathroom, absolutely everything.
Finish the yard
The basis of a good blueprint is one that’s finished fully and covers all the bases. You should include all areas that are supposed to be covered by the floor plan. Even the porch, the backyard, and the front yard should be covered by the layout. The carport, complete with the car and accessories, is an example of something that should be included in a layout plan.
Finishing your Plans
In a literal sense, completing your layout is a virtual representation of you completing your plan. It will be easier to see up to where you’ll be able to fund your project if you have something tangible to base your building or renovation plans on.