How To Draw A Floor Plan By Hand – A Guide To Sketching A Floor Plan

How To Draw A Floor Plan By Hand – A Guide To Sketching A Floor Plan


Hello everybody and welcome my name is
Christopher Martin and today I’m going to be introducing to you some quick tips
on how to draw a floor plan at the property and mostly how to save some
time whilst drawing that floor plan. So I know what you’re asking why do I need to
draw a floor plan now essentially drawing a floor plan sketch is the
start to being able to create a market ready floor plan
so that you can start marketing the property to potential buyers this is
really important because it allows buyers to see what is that the property
the layout of the property and how they actually want to live in that property
before they even visit it. Another added benefit whilst drawing the floor plan is
that you can go around the property and see the best features for the property
that will help you when marketing it as well as that you can also see the
landscape of the property the layout of the property and where you can take the
best photos to market the property in its best light so now you may be asking
what do I include on a full plan sketch well all you need to really include on
the sketch is the layout of the property the basic features like the windows the
doors the kitchen utilities and bathroom utilities all of the measurements and
anything that you feel is actually a real selling point of the property it’s
very important to include the measurements on the sketch because then
that way you know the size of the property you know if it’s a single
bedroom or a double bedroom you know if it’s a larger lounge or a extended
reception room this is really important to include because then when the buyer
looks at the floor plan they can actually see whether they’re going to
use that as a kid’s room or it’s going to be their master bedroom it’s also
important to include the windows and doors in the sketch so that that way on
the floor plan the buyer can see exactly how you access each room and whether the
window is north or south facing so when you first enter a property I
know it could be quite daunting to know where to start when drawing the
floorplan it’s best to have a look around the property first
especially the ground floor just so that you know where you should start however
it can sometimes be quite confusing when you’re looking at hallway and you don’t
actually know if it connects to all the rooms in a certain way a really good tip
to avoid any issues with this is to start with the biggest room first and
then make your way around all the other big rooms and the hallway will
essentially draw itself so if you have a look at this example a good way to start
in this one-bedroom property would be to start in the corner which would be the
kitchen after you draw this room you can move on over to the reception room draw
the reception room then you can move on down to the bedroom draw all the
measurements for this room and then move over to the bathroom after you’ve done
this the hallway essentially draws itself you can now finalize the
measurements of the hallway and add it in on your sketch it’s that easy when
you’re measuring at the property make sure you always measure in meters if you
have a look at your graph paper each big square is one meter each small square is
200 millimeters this way when you go around the property and draw every wall
you can sketch out on the graph paper correctly so that it’s to scale so when
you’re measuring the property the main things you need are the width and depth
of every single room however some rooms are a little bit more complicated maybe
they have a curve maybe they have a bay window or maybe they’re an l-shaped some
rooms could even be diagonal I’m going to show you some quick tips on how we
can get around this and actually get the right measurement on the floor plan so
that you have everything you need if you have a look at this reception
room it has a bay window so all we need to do is get the width and then the
depth and then gather one extra measurement which is from the bottom of
the room all the way to the largest point of the bay window this will give
you all of the measurements that you need to figure out the size of this room
if there is a bay window on the ground floor and the first floor it is often
the case that they are very similar or exactly the same this way you can
duplicate the bay window on the first floor and just double check the
measurements later on this will save you about five minutes as a property
ninety-five percent of Edwardian or Victorian properties have the exact same
bay window on the ground floor as they do on the first floor so this way you
can save yourself a lot of time whilst at the property sometimes when you go
into a room you will see a curved wall this can actually be quite daunting to
measure so I’m going to give you a quick tip of how you can get the best
measurement out of this room easily if you start by drawing the straight lines
and do the width and the depth of the room all the way to where the wall
starts to curve this gives you a good base to start with after this go to the
largest area of the curve and measure from there down to where you last
measured this gives you all the measurements that you need and that way
you can represent the curve on your drawing correctly if you walk into a
room and see a diagonal wall it can sometimes be quite tough to measure
however with this tip I’m gonna make it nice and easy for you first of all
measure each wall that is not diagonal after you get these measurements you’ve
got the base of the room now measure the diagonal wall and connect them up on
your sketch this now gives you everything you need for a room with a
diagonal wall after you have measured and drawn your
room onto the sketch is important for you to add the additional features these
are things like windows doors fireplaces if you’re in a bathroom or a kitchen you
will have utilities as well these are all essentials that should also be on
the plan so before you leave the room here’s a good tip to make sure that
you’ve got everything you need after you measure each wall is a good idea to add
the features of that wall whilst you’re drawing it in this example you can see
we measure in the reception room the left-hand wall we then see that there’s
a fireplace so we add the fireplace we then measure the bottom wall and draw it
onto the sketch then we do the right-hand wall and on this wall there
is a door which enters you into the room so we add that feature if you follow
these tips you can be sure that you have included all the features that are
necessary for an accurate floorplan if you enter a property that has
restricted head height it’s important to add this to your sketch anything that is
under 1.5 meters is considered restricted head height in order to
represent this restricted head height on the plan just use dotted lines in the
areas where the height is restricted if there is cupboards or storage above you
can write eave storage or cupboards so that that way everyone knows why the
head height is restricted this gives us all the information we need for a room
with restricted head whenever you’re measuring a bedroom
don’t forget to include cupboards and wardrobes these are a really important
part of the property and really good for the bedroom
this can make it incredibly hard to make out the measurements of that room if you
forget to measure into the wardrobes when measuring bedrooms if you measure
into the wardrobes and cupboards you actually find a few extra square meters
this is because it’s important to measure the actual size of the room so
you need to measure into these wardrobes and cupboards this will affect your
total square footage after drawing the floor plan and this is really important
because it helps add value to the property let me give you this tip about
measuring wardrobes most wardrobes are actually 600 millimeters deep so this is
only free tiny squares on your graph paper this makes it really easy when you
go into a room you know that you can sketch it straight away it is always
worth double-checking these measurements but after you see a few properties
you’ll notice that the standard size is always the same when you’re in the
kitchen and you’re sketching onto the graph paper make sure you include the
countertops a lot of counter tops are a standard size of 600 millimeters deep
this is free squares on your graph paper if you see that it is bigger than the
standard size then do measure it to make sure you’re correct most the time if it
has a hob or a sink it is going to be 600 millimeters deep it’s only breakfast
bars to get a little bit bigger than the standard size it is important to add
these onto the sketch because it’s a feature of the kitchen that really helps
to buy and know exactly what they can do whilst in the kitchen stairs are a really important thing to
add at the property and sometimes it can be quite hard figuring out where these
go on the sketch when you’re sketching the stairs onto the graph paper remember
that the standard size for stairs is 800 millimeters deep this is for small
squares on your graph paper now most hallways actually double the
size of the stairs so this makes it really easy to gather the hallway
quickly here’s a checklist of things to remember while sketching the floor plan
always measure in meters your graph paper has this laid out for you already
each big square is 1 meter each small square is 200 millimeters it’s all the
big rooms first and the hallways will draw themselves if both floors have a
bay window then they are usually the same just make sure you measure both
rooms so that you know they are to scale if a room has a curved wall start with
two straight walls first and draw the curved wall last this gives you the base
of the room and saves you time make sure you include all the important features
of the property on the sketch this includes kitchen and bathroom utilities
as well as windows doors and fireplaces it’s really important to include all
these features on the sketch as it helps a buyer feel like they are living in the
home because they know what they can and can’t do any true stairs are usually 800
millimeters deep this is the standard size for stairs in a property and it is
usually half the size of the hallway remember to double check all of your
information whilst at the property if all of your information is correct on
the sketch this is going to save a lot of time later on remember someone is
selling this property and someone is potentially buying this property if any
information is inaccurate it will slow down the process thank you for taking
the time to watch this video today for more information on how to draw a floor
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