When considering on buying a new condo, there are many things that a potential client must note before beginning to invest in a property. One of those ways is by simply being aware of what exactly it is they are buying. This can be solved by carefully examining around if the property is already complete but difficulties might rise when viewing a site that is currently under construction. In order to observe and evaluate a property, home buyers must first examine the floor plans of the property. This way, they can predict and build a proper vision on what exactly is going to be built.
With intricate details and strange symbols, reading a floor plan might look complicated at first. Though, once the guide explains these symbols in a simple way, reading a floor plan is nothing difficult to understand. Even better, you might have a much better time visualizing how the unit is going to be when completed. This can begin by examining the first thing that comes to mind – the main door.
The main door is what you’ll need to find first in order to determine how rooms can be used and connected to each other. This is commonly drawn as a quarter circle, either facing inwards or outwards depending on which arcs are drawn on the floor plan. The door symbols can also help determine whether or not two rooms are connected and can also indicate how much space is needed to allow the door to be opened properly.
With natural light and ventilation, windows are favorable by many folks looking for a good home. There are two kinds of windows that are commonly drawn on floor plans – sliding windows and casement windows. Sliding windows that are movable are usually by two lines which parallel and have a thin follow gap between them. For casement windows that don’t slide, they are usually similar to the door symbols though they do not arch and are rather small.
When reconstructing a new home, many homeowners will consider altering room spaces and create new boundaries suited to their taste. Because of this, many will want to know and see which walls can be altered and removed without any risks of damaging the entire building. Structural walls for example, are the bearers and the foundations of homes and so, cannot be removed without the risking the entire structure of the home. Thankfully, the indication between the foundational walls and the non-foundational walls are easily indicated in the floor plans. Structural walls are indicated by thick lines while the non-structural are indicated by thin walls.
By looking at the floor layout, it’s very important for home buyers to be able to visualize how the different rooms and areas are laid out on the floor plan. Depending on the type of client, the visualization may vary. For example, many condos have an open kitchen which means the main door opens directly to the kitchen due to the efficiency of the fact that most families can easily lay out heavy groceries right onto the kitchen table. Those who usually host might prefer to have an open living room so they can entertain guests. Parents would want their master bedrooms near their children’s so that they can easily access and keep an eye on their children during activities or if a night incident happens.
Corridors and connecting rooms are also important considerations while looking at floor plans due to, as mentioned previously, the type of lifestyle a potential client has. For example long corridors are used to link between living rooms and bedrooms at a certain distance, usually for those who often host to create room for guests to hang around. For those who seldom entertain, they prefer short corridors and connecting rooms for ease of access.
Floor plans often come with small numbers which indicate the dimensions of each room. These are usually in millimeters and are a great way to get useful information so that rooms can be estimated for furniture or such. It’s also a great aid when it comes to renovations. Besides size, floor plans also draw out the shape of rooms. The boxed shape is usually the most common since odd corners might raise difficulty when designing and bringing in furniture, eventually ending up as a waste of space.
PES or Private Enclosed Spaces are those who are usually living alone or with a partner. These spaces can vary greatly and are usually a private outdoor place for the unit such as a small ledge for small potted plants or a large platform that can host a dinner under the stars every night. Although this is a great idea for those who live privately, families would consider on using the space for more bedrooms to accommodate the family members. These are usually indicated with large square spaces with small PES text.
Now that you can read floor plans, it’s an absolutely necessary so that visualization may be easier in order to be one step closer to your dream home.