Bathroom Redesign Guide by Odyssey Bathrooms

Getting professional help with your working drawings is not difficult, but it can be expensive. Architects are very well qualified for drawing your plans, but their fees are generally costprohibitive for simple home remodeling. Who can you turn to if you don’t want to pay the price for an architect? You could check into drafting companies.


Drafting Firms

Many drafting firms draw blueprints and floor plans. Again, if you only need a floor plan, you can do it yourself, but if you are doing extensive work or structural work, you would be better off with professionally drawn plans. Most drafting companies will draw working plans from your rough drawing for very reasonable prices.


Free Drafting Services

There is another option that may not cost you anything. Some building-supply stores will provide free drafting services for their customers. If you are willing to buy your materials from the supplier, there is a good chance that you can get your plans drawn for free or for a very modest fee. However, the free plans may not be the bargain they appear to be. Before you commit to a deal, check the supplier’s prices and the quality of the materials. It is possible that the price you will pay for the materials is far too much. If this is the case, you may be better off to pay someone else to draw your plans, so you can buy your materials wherever you want.


How accurate do preliminary sketches have to be? There is no rule that says preliminary sketches must be to scale, but if they are not, it is easy to lose perspective on the job. It is not important for the symbols to be exact drafting symbols, but you should strive to maintain a consistent scale, regardless of what the scale is. If you draw the floor plan without using a scale, objects may appear much larger or smaller than they actually are. Many homeowners sit down with pencil and paper and draw a bathroom plan that looks spacious, but if the sketch is not drawn to scale, there is no way to judge how spacious the room will be. If you are freehand-drawing a bathtub, it is easy to draw it to fit any space you want, but in real life you will need a space with a width of 5 feet to install the tub. Many homeowners fail to realize how large vanities, bathtubs, linen closets, and similar items are. This distorts the options available in a given space. To avoid disappointment when the construction starts, draw your sketches to scale.


Judging sizes for some items can be difficult for homeowners. Take a look at the questions and answers below to get a feel of the types of sizes that you may need to deal with:


  • Q: Do you know how wide a typical vanity cabinet is?
  • A: It is normally 24 inches to 48 inches feet wide.
  • Q: What are standard widths for wall cabinets that are

not custom-made?


  • A: The most common widths for stock wall cabinets are
  • 12, 15, 18, 24, 30, and 36 inches.
  • Q: How deep are most of these cabinets?
  • A: The depth of most wall cabinets is 30 inches.
  • Q: If you are remodeling a wet room and need a small vanity, what might be the smallest stock size available?
  • A: A vanity with dimensions
  • of 16 x 18 inches

shouldn’t be any problem to find. Knowing these typical sizes will be important when designing your new bathroom. How will you know what sizes to use for various items? You can look in catalogs for sizes, or you could go to building-supply centers and measure various items. Sizes are easy to come by.