Last Monday I talked about how we begin the design process. Today’s post is all about how we build a floor plan that is focused on function. This step comes before we build a scheme / start sourcing products as this often requires the most strategy and mental energy- so I like to do it immediately right out of the gate.
First step is to do a site measure. If it’s a small space, we usually do it ourselves. However, if it’s a whole house or a larger commercial space, we bring in an outside company like PLANiT Measuring that laser level measures everything for us and provides us with electronic floor plans.
Then we play on AutoCAD. CAD- which stands for computer aided design, sure is a valuable aid. We move pieces around, we manipulate sizes, we get to see what will actually work in real life. Above is a condo project we were hired for where the client wanted to live and work in- all in 500 square feet. Especially in a small space like this, every inch is going to count. Thus putting it on the computer allows us to be accurate and weigh all choices carefully.
Another tool I love for building a floor plan if you don’t have AutoCAD is icovia. I love the pre-drawn products and fairly easy usability.
After the floor plan has been built we transfer the floor plan into another computer program called SketchUp. What I like about SketchUp is that it provides an accurate rendition to scale of our design and it’s so easy to change colours, products, etc. and share them with clients in a short amount of time. Once we have sourced the actual pieces (more on that next Monday) we put the exact items into the model- clients always love to watch us fly around on the computer- take a peek below and enjoy!