By Sergine Melina. Floor Plan. Published at Saturday, March 10th, 2018 - 08:01:40 AM.
3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath modern home with a dramatic 2-story living room with giant corner windows. It includes a 3 car attached garage and is planned for a finished basement with an additional bedroom, bathroom, large recreation room and wine cellar. This home has a very open floor plan with both the dining room and kitchen opening into the dramatic 2 story living room space. Big windows and patio doors allow great access to decks and yard. The plan includes a main level flexible room that has a separate entry and a tall ceiling, so it can be used as a studio, bedroom or office.
Many of us dream of building a new home or changing an existing house to make it truly “ours.” With a bit of practice the secret language of architectural plans will become clear and the surprises that sometimes come from misunderstanding plans will be replaced by the joy of seeing a personal, imagined experience become real. When reviewing prospective contractors' reference projects, ask if you can review the plans and see how the space compares. Carry a tape measure and note the dimensions of rooms that “work” and those that feel wrong. Pay attention to the placement of windows for light and views. It is fun and a with a little practice you will be able to “read” a floor plan like a pro.
Windows on two sides of a room balance daylight and create a spacious feeling; windows on just one side of a room create a cave-like feeling and promote glare. Windows set high in a wall can provide daylight while preserving privacy; however a room with these high windows, often called clerestories, will feel tight and boxy if it does not also have lower windows on another wall for views. A window wall that wraps around the end of a room, can be an especially dramatic way to celebrate a view -- as long as there is an overhang to protect from too much direct sunlight.
Stairs are drawn as a series of rectangles usually with a direction arrow indicating whether the stairs travel up to the next higher floor or down. Where the stair rises 3 ft above the floor it is cut with a diagonal line. Stairs above the “cut line” are shown with dashed lines.
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