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\n<\/p><\/div>"}. For example, a window that is 24 inches wide by 30 inches tall would be written as 24" X 30". Architectural Measurements or land surveying is the technique, profession, and science of determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional position of points and the distances and angles between them.. How can I tell from the drawings if a wall is load bearing? How to read floor plans. Special pages found in the electrical plan pages may be "riser" details, showing the configuration of power supply wiring, panel schedules, identifying specific breaker amperages and circuits, and notes regarding types and gauges of wires and conduit sizes. The ratio is typically represented using a ratio such as “1:100” or “1:2.5” depending on the type of blueprint. The intermediate structural framing plans. The type of architect’s scale we’re going to look at is used to make measurements on a drawing that is dimensioned in feet and inches, like architectural drawings. You may have to add the distance given from the OBL to the living room wall, then the distance to a hallway wall, then across a bedroom, to the bathroom wall in question. This might look like this: (11' 5. Architect scales are enumerated incrementally, both from left to right and from right to left, typically with a different dimensional relationship in each direction. You may also find ceiling height in a detail drawing. Floor plans consist of various levels of detail depending on the stage of the project. Simply read the number on the scale as though it were feet. The plumbing rough-in. This is rarely incorporated into a residential set of documents, such as for a single family residence. Architectural sets often include a range of different drawings, such as building plans for each floor level, electrical plans, reflected ceiling plans, elevations, sections, construction details and internal elevations for individual rooms. Read number off the scale that is closest to the ending point of the item measured. What is an Architectural Scale? 1 0 obj Where am I most likely to find the ceiling height on most architectural drawing sets? How to Use a Three-Sided Drafter's Ruler. Like; Sign Up to Comment. Higher numbers on top. Many Architects number their paragraphs so that they can cross-reference actual verbiage from the specifications onto their drawings using the paragraph numbers, which improves the coordination of the various trades. All tip submissions are carefully reviewed before being published. These documents can cost hundreds of dollars (US) to replace, so try to protect them, and have a flat, wide, protected work surface to unroll and read them on. Using the small hash marks on the opposite side of the zero to measure the inches for a line that is not exactly flush with a full increment. Graduations on an architect scale are enumerated with whole numbers that represent the true size of the artifact in the drawing in feet. In a rectangular swimming pool, the dimension might read 16' X … Room-Size Measurements. To make reading blueprints and measuring your house dimensions easier, an architect's scale will come in handy. Appears in. If you cannot absolutely establish an exact building line, you may have to suppose the location is correct and continue. The third digit is in feet and the fourth digit is the inches that the window is tall. View fullsize. An example would be that the electrical plans, a circuit may have the "home run" "leg" (the wire going from the first junction box in a circuit to the panel box (the power source) highlighted or in darker ink than other circuits, and exposed conduits may be indicated by a solid line, and concealed conduits by a dotted or broken line. Step 2 Locate the scale on the drawing or blueprint. These are shaped so that they offer a flush contact with the plan page so exact positioning of the rule is possible, decreasing the possibility of error. A scale is also a type of ruler that uses a ratio to measure blueprints without the need for calculations. However, to receive permits and to have your project built, you will need a comprehensive set of construction documents. Specifications are the architect's way of indicating the quality standards, materials, model numbers, and other characteristics of projects. ���� JFIF d d �� �Exif II* i� �� L , File source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Architectural_scale.jpg �� C The arrows, dots, or tick marks are drawn with a thicker and/or darker line to make them stand out graphically. Inches are marked by black numbers. Once you move into reading the actual architectural sheets, it’s important to know that architectural plans are labeled with an A (A 001 or A1-X, A2-X, etc.). For instance: a note "4-127" may refer to a type of Masonry, as Division 4 represents Masonry. Example of an Architects Scale Ruler. An architect, then, turns to the 1/4-inch calibrated portion of his ruler to determine the actual measurement. Fines are also issued. These plans are included although most architects (for single family homes) already indicate the location of the plumbing fixtures on their floor plans. "OFCI" or "GFCI" (Owner Furnished, Contractor Installed, or Government Furnished, Contractor Installed) indicate the item is supplied by the customer, but installed by the contractor. We know ads can be annoying, but they’re what allow us to make all of wikiHow available for free. Most architectural, construction and engineering drawings and blueprints are scaled to allow for large areas, structures or items to conveniently fit on a reasonable size of paper. The 45-degree tick marks are drawn in a consistent direction. A three-dimensional desk for example, may be expressed as 25" X 82" X 39" which means the desk is 25 inches wide by 82 inches long and 39 inches tall. $4�%�&'()*56789:CDEFGHIJSTUVWXYZcdefghijstuvwxyz�������������������������������������������������������������������������� ? Understanding floor plans is a must – in the first of our two-part guide, an expert reveals how ... take a little time to compare to the measurements in the house you currently live in to get a feel for relative size. To create this article, 31 people, some anonymous, worked to edit and improve it over time. Then, use the info in the index to help you examine the floor plans and other drawings. Look at house plan books or online to get an idea of the lines, measurements, and basic appearance of plans. Your site plan or architectural floor plan should have a, Use your plan to measure the location of each corner of the building, including offsets. Understanding architectural drawing scales and learning how to read scaled drawings forms a fundamental and core skill that every architecture student must learn. In a nutshell, the floor plan is two-dimensional plan of how the house will look from the top down. He will be able to accurately construct an architect’s architectural concept and design into a realistic building structure. Read the cover sheet. So if a measurement taken from the drawing is 10mm, then at real world scale would be 1000mm when built. The numbers represent a window that is 3-feet 0-inches wide by 5-foot 0-inches tall. These are the site survey redlines which are different from the original set of drawings (aka corrections). When in doubt of a measurement or other description contained in the plans, consult the architect who drew them, rather than taking a chance on an error that can be difficult to correct at a later date. The side shown below shows a 1/4":1' scale going from right to left (on the other end of this side but not shown is the 1/8":1' scale). Methods of Measurement. The "title block" or "information block." The first digit is in feet and the second digit is the inches that a window is wide. Scale 1:100) to demonstrate scale, as well as a block or granulated scale, which helps give a visual indication of sizes and distances. Topographical information. Figure 3 shows five different lengths, read from both sides of the scale. The demolition plan. Throughout your home renovation project your architect should be able to provide you with 3D floor plans and other 3D images of the design. Full foot marks are red. Typically, the architect will identify each drawing with a letter and number. Be careful your set of drawings are "original size," since many sets of plans are provided in "full" and "half" size sets, you will are able to scale distances with full size drawings without needing to calculate the scale via drafting rulers. How To Read an Architect Scale Ruler An engineering scale or architect scale ruler is essential for measuring distances for every part of a scaled-down design in an architectural drawing, blueprint or orthographic projection. Construction and fire protection equipment drawings must be interpreted with a high degree of accuracy. Select the Area tool to measure the area within the line segments that you draw. You see, architectural drawings like house plans are drawn to a particular scale. They provide a unique visual representation of what exactly needs to be built. One of the key functions of a set of architectural drawings is the ability to depict a large structure as a series of much smaller 2D graphic illustrations. 4 0 obj Architectural Scale Line up zero mark on scale selected with beginning of item being measured Determine at what point on scale the end of the item you wish to measure is. Some home plans with more intricate corners (I’m look at you courtyards!) A machinist ruler is an important piece of equipment for mechanics and others who need exacting measurements. For example, if an existing building is only being refurbished then it is likely there will be an existing pole. The first requirement in constructing a building project is to understand architectural drawings, which are also called blueprints, or plans. The elev… 5 0 obj These lines break down the scale you are using into inches. The architectural plans are where you will see where your office is, where the bathrooms are in relation to workstations, etc. http://www.dongardner.com/help/house-plan-sets.aspx#1, consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. Measurements - Size and Width, Furniture and Use More detailed floor plans with dimensions include “dimension strings” to locate windows, doors, walls and other architectural elements. Because there are many different line usages indicating different type walls, piping, wiring, and other features, you will have to see individual plan page "key notes" to understand them. Floor plans normally feature a written ratio (e.g. stream An existing pole is a pole which is already in place on building site. The elevations specify roof & ridge heights, the finished ground heights of the site, exterior finishes, roof pitches, fence locations and other details that are necessary to give the house its exterior architectural styling. wikiHow is a “wiki,” similar to Wikipedia, which means that many of our articles are co-written by multiple authors. To read an architect's drawings, start by looking at the plan index, which should include a key for reading any abbreviations used as well as a scale bar so you know the size of the structures in the drawings. A window dimension on blueprints is treated as two-dimensional space. <> This will provide the builder with information regarding the topography, or the slopes or flatness, of the site. Many office or art stores sell these. This will contain the project name, the architect's name, address, and contact information, the project location, and the date. wikiHow is a “wiki,” similar to Wikipedia, which means that many of our articles are co-written by multiple authors. The cabinets on the drawing are 12 feet 8 inches wide. They are about the size of a standard ruler. An example would be finding the center line of a bathroom wall to locate the potable water pipe stub up. Even if your car had a fuel gauge that was only updated weekly, the car has one advantage over your projects. Such similarities allow us to provide high quality scenery elements for architectural models. Architectural Measurements or land surveying is the technique, profession, and science of determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional position of points and the distances and angles between them. The first digit is in feet and the second digit is the inches that a window is wide. By using our site, you agree to our. The ability to read and interpret construction drawings is of great value to any construction worker. Please help us continue to provide you with our trusted how-to guides and videos for free by whitelisting wikiHow on your ad blocker. %PDF-1.4 3 0 obj This post will cover how to read your floor plans. Measurement Worksheets Measurement Worksheets for Practice.