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What To Put On Your Floor Plan for the Architect!

When preparing a floor plan sketch for an architect, it's important to provide as much detail as possible to help convey your vision and requirements for the home. Here are some key elements to include in your floor plan sketch:

what to add to your floor plan

  1. Room Layout and Dimensions:

    • Clearly outline the layout of each room, including bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, living areas, and any other spaces.

    • Indicate the dimensions of each room, including the width, length, and height.


  1. Doors and Windows:

    • Show the placement and size of doors and windows in each room.

    • Specify the type of doors (e.g., sliding, hinged) and windows (e.g., casement, double-hung).


  1. Entrances and Exits:

    • Clearly mark the main entrance and any additional entrances/exits.

    • Include information about the type of doors (e.g., front door, sliding glass door).


  1. Stairs and Elevations:

    • If your home has multiple floors, indicate the location and design of stairs.

    • Note any changes in floor elevations, such as steps or ramps.


  1. Circulation Paths:

    • Show the flow of movement within the home, including hallways and pathways between rooms.

    • Consider how people will move through the space and ensure there is efficient circulation.


  1. Furniture Placement:

    • If you have specific furniture arrangements in mind, sketch in the location of major pieces.

    • This can help the architect understand your functional requirements and design preferences.


  1. Built-in Features:

    • Indicate the placement of built-in features such as cabinets, bookshelves, and entertainment units.

    • Specify any special requirements for these features.


  1. Utility Spaces:

    • Clearly mark utility spaces such as laundry rooms, storage rooms, and utility closets.

    • Include any specific requirements for these spaces.


  1. Special Requirements:

    • If you have specific needs or requirements, such as a home office, gym, or other specialized spaces, make those intentions clear on the sketch.


  1. Exterior Features:

    • If applicable, include outdoor spaces such as patios, decks, or balconies.

    • Indicate any specific landscaping features or outdoor structures.


  1. Orientation and Views:

    • Consider the orientation of the home in relation to sunlight, prevailing winds, and desirable views.

    • Note any specific requirements for maximizing natural light or views.


Remember that your sketch doesn't need to be an architectural masterpiece; its primary purpose is to communicate your ideas to the architect through what is put on your floor plan. Feel free to include additional notes or annotations to provide more context and detail. The more information you can provide, the better equipped the architect will be to translate your vision into a detailed and functional design.

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