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How to Read a Floor Plan

When dreaming up your new home, a floor plan is the ultimate guide. It maps out the space and helps you visualize how everything fits together.

Floor plans can be a bit confusing, whether you are working with a design drawing, which has only basic information, or a more complicated working or construction drawing, which is used to build the home.

Here are some tips for understanding a floor plan:

  • A building may have several floorplans. A floor plan shows the layout of an individual floor, so a multi-level building would have several floor plans. You would need to understand each plan to get a full sense of how the entire home will be laid out.
  • Use an existing space to get perspective. Floor plans are drawn to scale. To get a feel for scale, look at one of the floor plans and calculate the real-life measurements of a major room. Then, compare those measurements to rooms in the house where you live now. With a sense of the size of one room, you can imagine the remaining rooms, hallways and traffic flow.
  • Understand how square footage is measured. Canada has no national standard for measuring square footage, so measurement may vary from plan to plan based on whether the measurement is to the outer wall or the inner wall of the room. Refer to your provincial real estate council guidelines or ask the building developer for the most accurate information about square footage of your home.
  • Dimensions and shape are needed for a true sense of size. Room dimensions are presented width by length. For example, a room that has a dimension of 12′ x 16′ means it’s 12 feet wide (from side to side) by 16 feet long (from top to bottom). Keep in mind that rooms are not always rectangular. To fully understand the size of each room, make sure you get a sense of its shape as well.
  • Get used to the symbols. You may see symbols that are new to you. That’s because, in addition to rooms and dimensions, floor plans also show the location of walls, windows, doors, sinks, toilets, and other critical fixtures; each of these are represented by symbols. Note that symbols may vary slightly based on the designer of the floor plan. Be sure to clarify directly if there’s any confusion.

At Karoleena, our team is here to guide you from the first planning stages through to completion to ensure an exceptional homebuying experience. We use modular construction to manufacture premium modern homes with a variety of layouts and features to choose from. We deliver superior design and quality craftsmanship in an unbeatable timeline.

Take a look at some of our modular designs here.