When you are planning a remodeling job, sketching your intentions is a good way to design a rough plan of action. Having a sketch of what your want to do will make planning the job much easier, and you don’t have to be an architect to draw your own preliminary plans. Line drawings are often very effective for interior remodeling jobs. If you are not making structural changes in your home, a simple line drawing may be all you need to get the job done. Even if you have no artistic ability or inclination, you can do a pretty fair job of sketching a rough plan with the help of a ruler and some graph paper. If your job is complex enough to warrant elements such as cross-sections and elevations that you are unable to draw, there are many options for you to consider. Architects are one option, but plans drawn by architects are usually very expensive, and this can be cost-prohibitive in many remodeling jobs. Let’s imagine that we are going to remodel a bathroom but are not sure what we want it to look like.
Where should we start our planning?
It would be nice if we could look through a book of floor plans, but finding a book that contains only bathroom plans is not easy. There are, however, many books available that contain house plans, and these books can be a good starting point.
BOOKS WITH HOUSE PLANS
Books with house plans also contain bathroom plans. The bathroom plans are not drawn individually; they are a part of the overall house plan, but that’s all right. In the planning stage of a remodeling job, you are likely to be looking for ideas, and these books of plans can give your enough ideas to keep you busy all winter. Soon your problem will not be coming up with ideas; it will be deciding on which ideas to incorporate into your personal plans. A single book of house plans may very well contain over a hundred different bathroom layouts. When you consider how many different books of plans are available, you might find thousands of designs to work with. Many of the designs will be similar, but each will have its own special features. You can borrow from several plans to come up with an ideal plan for your house.
When you look at the floor plans for various bathrooms, notice how simple they are. Most of them will consist only of simple lines. Some may be drawn in a dimensional perspective, but most will just be simple line drawings. Don’t you think you could draw similar plans with the help of a few drafting tools and some graph paper?
SKETCHING YOUR OWN PLANS
Sketching your own plans can be very simple. If you gather a few basic drafting instruments, you can make the drawings look like those in the books of plans. There are templates available that enable you to draw sinks, toilets, and doors with ease; all you have to do is follow the stencil and you can’t go wrong. An architectural-scale ruler is not too expensive, and it makes scaling a drawing very easy. If you don’t want to buy a scale rule, you can use any ruler to create your own scale drawing. The grids on graph paper make scaling a rough drawing possible for anyone. The point is that you can draw your own preliminary plans.
Inexpensive templates are available for every symbol you see on an average floor plan. Some of these symbols represent the following:
All of these items can be drawn with plastic guides. All you have to do is hold the template on the paper and trace a pencil around the stencils. Your results should look as good as those of a professional.
Scale rulers don’t cost much, but they make drawing scaled drawings much easier than it would be with a standard ruler. If you want one of these devices, get an architectural-scale ruler; it will be of the most use to you for construction blueprints.
Scale rulers are equipped to handle several different scales. It won’t matter whether you are working with a 1/4-inch scale or a 1/2-inch scale; your scale ruler will convert the scale to realworld measurements. All you do is position the ruler on a line and measure it. If you are working with a 1/4-inch scale, a 3-inch line will read as 12 feet on the scale ruler.
Graph paper is the best type of paper to use for your preliminary drawing. The paper has grids spaced at proportional distances. You can assign each of these grids a distance value. For example, you might say the distance between horizontal lines equals 1 foot or 1 inch, depending on what you are drawing. Once you have graph paper, a ruler, and a pencil, you can draw a rough plan of what you want to do. Having a template for your symbols will make the drawing look more professional, but you can get by without the template. Equipped with these tools, it takes almost no artistic ability to draw a simple floor plan.