How Do I Read a Floor Plan? - Royal Homes How Do I Read a Floor Plan? - Royal Homes
My Favourites (0)
My Favourites (0)

Tips & Articles

How Do I Read a Floor Plan?

Planning Your Lot & Home


The floor plan is the “story board” for your custom home. Like Pixar starts with a line drawing of every scene in the movie, the home builder starts with a line drawing that tells the story of your home. But for many people, the floor plan is like reading gibberish. So I thought I’d give a couple of pointers.

First of all, the next time you go to Royal Homes Design Centre, ask for the floor plan of the home. Walk through it using the floor plan as your map. The more you “read” floor plans, the easier it is to understand them.House-design

While the floor plan does not outline the products used to finish the house, it is the essence of the home and includes the structure, stairs, doors, windows and room layout.

Don’t try to take the whole floor plan in at once. Locate the front entrance, open the door and walk into the front foyer. Then walk through the house, room by room. Take note of where the doors are, the location of the stairways, windows and closets.

The legend will tell you the scale of the drawing. That helps you understand the size of the room. Personally, I find it difficult to judge the size of the room from the dimensions. That’s why I always ask for the floor plan when I walk through a home. I can compare the dimensions on the floor plan to the feel of the room. This is important when you built your own home. The floor plan might look expansive but without understanding the relationship between the scale and the real size, you might be misled.

Another thing that you can take note of in the floor plan is the arc of the doorways. This tells you which way the doorway swings open. This may seem like a less important detail, but the swing of the doorway influences the flow of the room so you want to take note of it.

Royal Homes uses thick black lines to indicate walls, with the line thickening slightly to indicate bearing walls or exterior walls. A V line, as in the doorway of the Citadel indicates folding doors. If you look at the same design, you will see a pocket door in the two-piece bathroom at the entry from the garage. Royal Homes also uses arrows to indicate the entries from the outside. This helps you to understand the access to the home. As you can see when you look at the Citadel, the bank of windows in the great room includes three doors in a bank of French doors. If you were to choose this design, you may choose to include outdoor opening doors in the full bank of doors.

Citadel Back YardThe dotted line you see on the cabinets indicates overhead cabinets. Again, if you refer to the Citadel, you can see that not all the cabinets have overhead cupboards. This is specific to this particular design. In the bathrooms, you will be able to distinguish between a tub and a separate shower. The shower will be rectangle with an X through it. In the second floor bathroom you will notice the symbol in the centre of the tub. This indicates a shower in the bathtub. The short rectangle beside the toilet in the second floor bathroom indicates a half wall.

If you study the Citadel, you will notice laundry facilities in the Master bedroom and on the second floor. You will also see that there is a fireplace in the master bedroom and the living room. In the living room, you will see that there are built-in cabinets surrounding the fireplace. Any other built-in cabinetry you choose in your final design will also be included in the final floor plan.

You will quickly see the staircases. When there is a diagonal slash through the staircase with a squiggle in the middle that shows the placement of the basement stairs.

Before your home is built, you will sign off on the design and your custom changes will be incorporates. If you are struggling to understand the floor plans, your Royal Homes Designer will help you understand each feature.

We are very pleased and love our new home.Kathy
Email Us
  • FAQ

    Where can I get a price list or How come your website doesn’t show pricing?

    Prices vary geographically, depending on where you are building. With the amount of options available, price lists run into thousands of options. Prices change with the options you choose. The best way to get an idea on pricing would be to contact our Design Centre nearest to where you are building.

    What is your average square foot selling price?

    Prices for a complete home, including foundation vary from $250 sq-ft to over $350 because our homes are all custom built, we can design a home to fit your budget.

    Why should I buy from you over a conventional or "Stick-Builder"?

    The advantages of prefab include building in a climate controlled environment, using environmentally friendly products which reduces waste and a CSA monitored quality controlled program. There is less time start to finish, with less disruption to neighborhood. We also sell at a firm price.

    Do your homes include a foundation?

    Yes our homes include full foundation and basement.

    How long does it take to build a Royal Home?

    It takes less than two weeks to build a home in our factory, but the process from start to finish is very dependent on the timing of obtaining a building permit. For most of our clients the process from start to delivery is twelve to sixteen weeks with move in eight to twelve weeks thereafter.

    What size homes do you build?

    As a custom builder we can build any size home but generally the average size range is between 1300 and 3500 sq feet.

    Do you build garages?

    Yes. Garages are built on site after the home is delivered.

    Are the homes energy efficient?

    Building a prefab home in a factory assures the highest attention to sealing the building envelope and ensures that the cold stays out.

    Since your homes are so energy efficient and air tight, how do you get fresh air?

    All our homes have HRV heat recovery ventilator air exchanger to remove stale air, and introduce fresh air.

    Where can I put a prefab home?

    Anywhere in Ontario you like.

    Can I really customize my prefab home?

    Yes, we use state of the art custom design software, today no two homes are built alike.

    Do you finish the basement?

    Yes. We can customize your basement to the finishes you desire.

    Are Royal Homes built to code?

    All Royal Homes are individually designed to meet all provincial and municipal building codes for your specific lot location.

    Do you build stick-built or conventional homes as well?

    We are a custom home builder first and use prefabricated components wherever we can, because it is a better way to build. If you have a remote site or custom home design with large open spaces we would look at what makes most sense for that design and location. This could include prebuilt panels or partially site built specific rooms.

    What makes the building process environmentally friendly?

    Waste in the factory is separated and recycled, reducing the impact on landfills. This has less disruption in terms of noise and time at job site. Building prefab allows for higher energy efficient homes and reduced heating costs.

    How is your home delivered?

    Our home is delivered by way of custom designed hydraulic flatbed trailers and precisely craned onto the foundation.

    Can you make changes or custom design?

    Yes, clients are given preliminary plans to review and changes are welcome and easily accommodated.