By Meg Escott
So what's the story with blueprint symbols? Well, the layout of the electrics, lighting, data, HVAC and plumbing locations will have a big impact on whether or not your home turns out to be a well designed home.
If you like you can get the free blueprint symbols file which includes all the symbols on this section.
Here's some examples of blueprint design mistakes.
What’s that I hear you say – “Do I really need to go into this much detail?” I’d say the answer is yes! An architect or home designer will know what ‘best practice’ for all the house systems is. They’ll know the codes and regulations. But who’s going to make sure that all the little details about how you live your life are accommodated in the house systems – and reflected with the blueprint symbols used on the blueprints? – That’s you!
It always pays to check that everything you want is reflected in the blueprints. If things aren’t as you want them on the plans, you’ll be paying for it later on with extra hassle and cost during the build.
Your architect might not know (or didn’t remember when he did up the electrical plan) that by your bed you have a lamp, clock, a hot blanket to plug in and you also like to charge your mobile phone by the bed at night. To avoid bulky adapters or extension cords you’ll need 4 outlets by your bed instead of 2.
Sometimes it’s worth drawing out the parts of the electrical plan where you know what you want and handing them to your architect / draftsman / home designer.
I’ve included a more detailed list of what to check for in each category but in very broad terms.
Think carefully about the activities which will go on in each room and check...
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