Home construction plans are 2D drawings or blueprints with information such as dimensions, plumbing and electrical fixture placement, wall details and necessary building materials for each project. All this information can be found in construction drawings to assure the project is completed correctly. Aside from the apparent specs and dimensions, construction plans also help communicate what the project is about.
Cad Pro is an affordable and easy alternative to other more expensive home design software programs. Cad Pro is great for creating kitchen design plans, innovative smart home designs, custom home plans, building plans, office plans, construction details, deck plans and much more.
CAD Pro allows anyone to share their ideas and new home construction plans with clients, colleagues or professional contractors using Dropbox®, Google Drive™, OneDrive®, and SharePoint®. Export files to Microsoft Word®, Excel®, and PowerPoint® with a single click.
What are Home Construction Plans?
Construction plans are a scaled floor plan or blueprint of a room or home viewed from above. The floor plan may illustrate an entire home, one floor of a home, or a single room. It may also include accurate dimensions, plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets and switches 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 are also a valuable tool for real estate agents and leasing companies in helping sell or rent out a space.
Why are floor plans important?
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 key characteristics of a good floor plan?
Versatile and flexible are the two most important characteristics of designing good home construction plans. Make sure in the future an office can easily be converted into a child’s bedroom whether for your family or future buyer’s.
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 it 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 is very important 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?
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.
Quality home construction plans find a 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.
How do I communicate home construction plans?
Floor plans are also key in communicating the flow of your space to potential buyers or renters.
Choose an area and determine the size of the area to be drawn. If the home already exists, decide how much (a room, a floor, or the entire building) of it to draw. If the home does not yet exist, brainstorm designs based on the size and shape of the location on which to build.
If the home already exists, measure the walls, doors, and pertinent furniture so that the floor plan will be accurate. If the layout is being created for an entirely new area, be sure that the total area will fit where it is to be built this is referred to as a plot plan. It is advisable to examine homes built in similar areas to use as an estimate for the floor plan.
Add walls for each room of the home, taking care to draw them to scale. Begin adding features to the space by including the unchangeable things, like the doors and windows, plumbing and electrical fixtures as well as the refrigerator, dishwasher, dryer, and other important appliances that must be placed in a specific location.
CAD Pro has helped thousands of homeowners, professional designers, builders, and contractors plan and design all types of home construction plans. CAD Pro is used by NARI professional remodelers and contractors and the NRCA roofing contractors. CAD Pro is also used by NHBA home builders and contractors, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). as well as the (NALP) National Association of Landscape Professionals.