You know what style of house is going to work best for your family, and sometimes that means stepping away from a traditional build and creating something customized. Don’t let the thought of drawing your own floor plans scare you! There are several easy ways you can do this to ensure you get absolutely everything in a home that you want and need.
Draw Your Own Floor Plans with Graph Paper
Graph paper is a great place to start when drawing your own floor plans. For a rough sketch, correlate each square to one foot. Start by determining the overall square footage of the home, and then divide that among the rooms you need. For example, if you want a 3,000 square foot home, decide how much of that will be devoted to the kitchen, each of the bedrooms, the living spaces, etc.
Your rough sketch does not have to be perfect, but it’s a great starting point to get your ideas on paper. Once you have mapped out your home, you can move onto using software to refine the plan, or take your sketches to a custom home builder to turn your drawings into blueprints.
Draw Your Own Floor Plans with Software
Home plan software and smartphone apps make it easy (and fun!) to draw your own floor plans. With so many software programs on the market, you will find one that is user friendly, whether you shun the computer or if you are a computing whiz. Keep in mind, however, that the more user-friendly the software, the harder it may be to completely customize the plan the way you want. Regardless, software is a great first step for drawing your own floor plan, or the perfect second step in digitizing your roughed out sketch and seeing it come to life in a 3D format.
Draw Your Own Floor Plans with an Architect
Specialized in knowing everything from load bearing walls to roof pitch, an architect is your best bet for getting everything you want and need in your custom home. When you sit down with an architect to draw your own floor plan, he or she will tell you if the flow of the rooms is ideal, if you are lacking critical elements (you may not like beams in the basement but something needs to support the second floor!) and what all your options are (no beams but classic arches, perhaps?)
For example, let’s say you want a bright and airy studio to work on your oil paintings. The architect may suggest an upgraded ventilation system to ensure your paintings are not subjected to too much dryness or humidity, and that air is easily exchanged in the room whether or not the windows are open. This system may require extra wiring or equipment in the basement, so all that needs to be worked into your floor plan.
Trust a Contractor with Your Floor Plans
Whether you are sketching, using software, or enlisting the services an architect, your floor plan will eventually be turned into blueprints. This is when your Calgary contractor comes in to make your dream home a reality. The best contractor in Calgary will listen to what you need and respect the decisions you made for your home, as long as they are optimal for your safety and the soundness of the home.
After all the time and effort you took to draw your own floor plans, you need the best Calgary contractor to execute your vision. Trust the experts at HomeFix to bring your vision to life.
HomeFix has been Calgary’s premier contractor for luxury renovations for more than 25 years, ensuring that families in any stage of life can grow or age in place in the homes they love.