Do you want to buy a new home? If yes then there are a lot of things that you should note before buying your new home. The main thing that you need to know is what exactly are you buying. This can actually be very easy for you but difficulty at the same time if the house is still under construction. This is where a floor plan comes in.

Reading a floor plan can be a very daunting task due to the symbols used. Several individuals will only be able to identify the number of bathrooms and bedrooms when reading a floor plan. But when you are equipped with some general knowledge about floor plans it will be very easy for you to get more information from a simple floor plan. The following information will help you to read and understand floor plans before buying a home.

1. Size

Several floor plans will come with scales which will help you to determine the actual dimensions of the house. This will make it very easy for you to estimate the size of each room and the whole house.

2. Doors

The main trick when trying to understand a floor plan is to identify the main door and after that, it will be very easy for you to understand the whole unit. But the great question is how do you identify the main door? However, this will be very simple once you identify door symbols, doors will help you to know if the rooms are connected, that is if the bathroom door opens to one of the bedrooms then you will know that the house has an ensuite master bedroom.

3. Walls

It is actually very simple when it comes to identifying different walls on a floor plan. Non-structural walls will be drawn as thin lines while structural wall will be represented by thick bold lines. Mostly the round walls will be structural walls and the rest of the walls will be non-structural.

4. Windows

Windows will be identified by thin hollow lines within the floor. The only difference between doors and casement windows is that windows will be represented using pairs.

5. Floor layout

If you want to buy a new condo, it will be very important for you to understand how different parts of the house are laid out within the unit. Imagine walking through the house, are you impressed on how the different rooms are arranged within the unit? Does it fit your desired lifestyle? You should also consider how some rooms are laid out in relation to others, for example, parents who have young kids will want to have master bedroom next to children’s room so that they can watch their kids easily when they are asleep.

6. Shape

Floor plans will also show shape for every room and corridor in the house. Boxy shapes will be more favorable as odd shapes will make it difficult for you to fix different types of furniture.


Armed with this information it will be very easy for you to read and understand floor plans when you want to buy your next home.