By Apolline Ferdinand. Floor Plan. Published at Sunday, May 06th, 2018 - 00:43:18 AM.
Floor plans used to be called “blueprints.” They came in a roll and included all of the details required to build (or change) a home. Today, they still contain “building instructions” in the form of multiple pages of drawings, but most house plan are delivered as digital files and can be viewed on a screen or printed out onto regular paper for review, to get bids, or to submit for permits.
Many new homes have entryways and “great rooms” with extra high ceilings. The lower floor may show the ceiling height numerically with a dashed line indicating the perimeter of the taller space. From the second floor the plans will include a note that a space does not have a floor but is “open to below,” as shown here.
If the front door opens directly to the living or dining space there’s often no notation, just the door swing. Door swings trace the swing of the door in and out — good to keep in mind as you think about furniture placement. Sliding doors are noted not as swings but as thin lines parallel to — but thinner than — the line of the wall.
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.
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