What is a Floor Plan?
A floor plan is a scaled diagram of a room or building viewed from above. The floor plan may depict an entire building, one floor of a building, or a single room. It may also include measurements, furniture, appliances, or anything else necessary to the purpose of the plan.
Floor plans are useful to help design furniture layout, wiring systems, and much more. They’re also a valuable tool for real estate agents and leasing companies in helping sell or rent out a space.
The Importance of Floor Plan Design
Floor plans are essential when designing and building a home. A good floor plan can increase the enjoyment of the home by creating a nice flow between spaces and can even increase its resale value.
What are the key characteristics of a good floor plan when designing your house?
- Versatile and flexible. Make sure in the future an office can easily be turned into a child’s bedroom whether for your family or a future buyer’s.
- Ideal room layout. Make sure bedrooms are far from entertaining spaces. Bathrooms shouldn’t face common entertainment spaces like dining rooms or living rooms. Most people will like if the kitchen opens to the dining or living rooms so whoever is cooking can still interact with guests or keep an eye on the kids playing.
- Size matters. Whenever designing any room or hallway, think about how many people will be in that space at one time. Do they have room to move around? Is there room for furniture to accommodate all the planned activities?
- Fits your priorities and lifestyle. If entertaining is important, make sure there’s a good flow from the kitchen to an outside space and living room. If you work from home, make sure your office gets ideal light and is perhaps in a quiet location. When you do laundry, is it ok if you have to climb three floors to get from your master bedroom to the laundry room?
- Find the balance between architectural details and practical considerations. Think about the safety of kids, cleaning, heating and cooling bill before falling in love with some majestic staircase or floor to ceiling windows.
Marketing and communicating with floor plans
Floor plans are also key in communicating the flow of your space to potential buyers or renters.
Rightmove released a study in 2013 that suggests that real estate buyers consider floor plans not just nice to have, but essential when looking at properties. One in five said they would ignore a property without a floor plan. They also rated floor plans more important than photos and the description of the property. On the flip side, when sellers consider hiring a real estate agent, Rightmove found that 42% wouldn’t hire an agent that didn’t offer a floor plan.
Adding a floor plan to a real estate listing can increase click-through from buyers by 52%.
You can also use a floor plan to communicate with contractors and vendors about an upcoming remodeling project.
How to Draw a Floor Plan
There are a few basic steps to creating a floor plan: