How To Read House Floor Plans

May 19, 2009 House Plans Comments Off

Have you ever been to see an architect or builder only to have him throw house floor plans in your face and go on talking, expecting you to know exactly what it all means?

As a design and drafting firm we work with house floor plans on a daily basis – it’s our business. But most home buyers only ever really look at them maybe 2 or 3 times in their life, so why should they be expected to know everything? It is the builder or designers job to explain to you how house floor plans work, but here is a quick overview of the basics.

How To Read House Floor Plans

First let’s take a quick look at an Australian house plans.


As you can see, something like this may be easy for a professional to understand, but for the average home buyer it could easily confuse. Here are the main things to look for on house floor plans.

  1. House Floor Area

    House Floor Area
    The size of the house has a direct relationship with the cost it will incur to build. The bigger the house, the more expensive to build. A lot of builders quote on a certain amount per square meter, so knowing how big a house is will give you a quick way to estimate how big your house is.In the plan above, you will find the floor area in the bottom right of the house floor plan above the logo. You will notice that while the house is only 106 squar meters (by the way, m2 is just shorthand for square meters), that once you add verandas and carports and patios the total floor area can quickly grow – and builders quote on the total floor area – not the house floor area.

  2. House Dimensions

    dimensionsDon’t freak out seeing all these lines and and numbers around house floor plans, it is just telling you how big certain parts of the house are – and is really easy to understand!

    The most important dimension is the overall dimension. This is the top one, and tells you how wide or deep this house will be, and is extremely important when making sure that it will fit on your block of land. Under that the smaller numbers are widths of different areas of the house, and line up with the walls to let you know exactly how wide a portion of the house is. If you look at the bottom line you will see ‘bed3/2′ and then a couple of numbers underneath it. This shows you that the bedrooms are 3.2meters wide (measurements are in mm) and the 70 is for your wall. The 530 is you wardrobe.

  3. The Floor Plans Layout

    floor plan layoutThis is definitely a personal thing, but you have to make sure that the way the house is laid out in a style that suits the way you live. Are the bedrooms in the right place? Would you prefer ‘bed 1′ to be at the opposite end of the house as the other bedrooms, do you want an ensuite – it is all about personal opinions, but you need to find the house floor plan that suits your way of living.

    All house floor plans are different and each builder has a different style, so make sure you study the floor plan layout before making any major decisions.

    If you are looking for a house plan for your next home, then why not preview our Australian house plans. We have over 150 and there is no obligation to buy. All you have to do is use the preview request form below and provide you name and email address, and we will send you to a link where you can look over all our concept plans!

I hope this has help you understand how to read house floor plans. As you can see, once you get to know the basics, they really provide a lot of information that is important for helping you choose the right Australian house plan for your next project.