Measuring: The Key to Home Remodeling

Jerry Walch By Jerry Walch, 20th Aug 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Although this is the first in a series of articles on kitchen remodeling, one of the two most often remodeled rooms in the home, accurate measuring is the first step in remodeling any room in the home. The other most often remodeled room in the home is the bathroom. The kitchen and bathroom are also the two most expensive rooms to remodel and the ones where mistakes can be the most costly.

Draw a Floor Plan

No matter what room you are planning to remodel, the first step is to draw a floor plan of that room. This floor plan does not have to be done using a CAD/CAM program or using drafting tools, a hand drawn sketch on graph paper will so. Show the approximate position of all doors and windows on this drawing. For the overall room, show all measurements in inches, not feet and inches. Mark the height of the ceiling in the center of your drawing.

Label and Measure Doors and Windows

Starting at the top left hand corner of your floor plan, measure clockwise around the drawing, labeling each window, window 1, window 2 and so on. Label each door in a similar manner. Take the measurements from the corners of the walls in order. Mark theses dimensions on the drawing in inches. Measure and mark the distance from the floor to the bottom of each window as well as the overall height and width of each window on the drawing. When measuring windows and doors, their trim is considered part of the window or door.

Identify and Measure Unmovable Obstructions

Show the location of any obstructions that you cannot move or do not want to move, obstructions such as radiators, vents, pipes, exposed plumbing. Use square or rectangular boxes to represent these obstructions, labeling them as to what they are and with their dimensions—height, width and depth. If they reach a; the way to the ceiling, you can omit the height dimension. Show their location by measuring from the nearest wall corner.

What Not to Show on Drawing

Do not show the positions and dimensions of anything you intend to remove and replace during the remodel, such as appliances and/or kitchen cabinets. Instead show the positions and dimensions of what you intend to install.


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Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
21st Aug 2013 (#)

Jerry, great to see you here again!

Good tips for home remodeling, I would love to be able to redo our kitchen. It is okay but rather dated.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Mark. We'll see how it goes.

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author avatar Trillionaire
23rd Aug 2013 (#)

Thank u for the great tips.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
24th Aug 2013 (#)

You are most welcome, Trillionaire.

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author avatar vpaulose
11th Sep 2013 (#)

Interesting post dear brother. I am still struggling to survive at Knoji. Do you still write there?

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author avatar Jerry Walch
11th Sep 2013 (#)

No, Brother, I haven't written anything for Knoji in almost two years. My online writing is primarily limited to Demand Media Studios these days.

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
11th Sep 2013 (#)

great tips. we are living in an old house but old beliefs and vaastu shastras dont exactly allow us freedom

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author avatar simplyoj
13th Sep 2013 (#)

Great share from the expert, Jerry.

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author avatar Carol
18th Sep 2013 (#)

Thank you for your useful tips Jerry.

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author avatar usha kiran
29th Sep 2013 (#)

Excellent tips...

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