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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