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How to Read House Plans


Author's Note: How to Read House Plans

How many outlets do I need in an office or a kitchen, and what does an "open floor plan" actually look like on a set of house plans? I find the only way I can make sense of house plans is in relation to houses I've seen. In order to know what all those symbols mean, I have to walk around with plans in hand and look at houses in which those features are built.

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  • Donald Gardner Architects. "What's in our house plans sets?" (March 31, 2012) http://www.dongardner.com/help/house-plan-sets.aspx
  • eHousePlans.com. "Blueprint symbols." (March, 31, 2012) http://www.ehouseplans.com/blueprints/blueprints.html
  • Homebuildingsmart.com. "Home building dos and don'ts." (March 31, 2012) http://www.homebuildingsmart.com/home-building-do%E2%80%99s-and-don%E2%80%99ts/
  • National Council of Building Designer Certification. "Construction plan standards." (March 31, 2012) http://www.ncbdc.com/plan_standards.htm
  • Swain, John. "Were blueprints once blue?" Boston Globe. Aug. 4, 2011 (April 4, 2012) http://articles.boston.com/2011-04-04/business/29380930_1_blue-lines-sheet-blue-dye

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