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Measuring your Space.

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

Accurate measuring is a critical step in the remodeling process. Measurement errors are a source of significant delays and costly overruns. Obtaining a professional measurement of your space is highly recommended - talk to your designer or installers for help but if you are brave enough to try this out. We are going to teach you how to do it!

If you are in USA the first tip to follow is to measure in inches. Cabinets and appliances are measured in inches, so your drawings should be recorded in inches, not feet and inches.

  • Example: 148-1/8 in. NOT 12 ft. 6-1/8 in.

Is more important to record accurate dimensions, rather than draw your room to a precise scale. Be sure to write the actual dimensions on your drawings for all the elements in your space.

Well, here we go!

Creating a floor plan

A floor plan is a "bird's eye" view of the whole room, showing all four walls and the location of important utilities.

Start with wall A, the sink wall. Then go clockwise around the room with walls B, C, and D. Mark the locations of openings and fixtures along the wall segments.

Measure in two directions to locate the center of ceiling lights, fans, air vents, and any other fixtures in the floor or ceiling.

If there is an existing island or peninsula, mark it is size and location. Mark any outlets or utilities coming to these structure.

The total of your wall segments must equal your overall wall length. Always double-check!

Creating wall elevations

Sometimes elevations are needed to show important details as the height of a window or vent. Elevation are a straight-on view of each wall, with all the features measured vertically and horizontally, placing them on the wall space. This helps your designer locate your new cabinets and appliances along your walls.

Start measuring your room with the sink wall; label this wall A. Then, go clockwise around your room, labeling the walls B, C, and D if is required. Measure the full width of each wall, beginning in the left corner. check the width at two locations, 6 inches above the finished floor and 6 inches below the ceiling. use the smallest dimension. Now, measure the full height of your wall, beginning in the left corner. check the height at two other locations. if your wall is square take the smallest dimension as the full height. For those houses with cathedral ceiling you may have walls with certain angles in that case take the measurements from each corner.

Measure from the center of outlets, switches, water lines and other utilities. Also, measure the distance of these items from the floor. for openings

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