How to draw floor plans: A property photographer’s guide

By Tim Wright

Multi-skilled property photographers offer more than just their ability to shoot properties professionally. They know how to provide excellent customer service, show off all the best features of a property in the best possible light, and provide accurate floor plans to accompany their photography. 

At FocalAgent, we pride ourselves on the fact our photographers possess the full range of skills that a good property photographer needs. Below are our best practices for property photographers to bear in mind when sketching and drawing floor plans.

Download our Comprehensive Guide to Drawing Floor Plans for more detail and our step-by-step process.

1. Kit yourself out with the essential equipment

Drawing floor plans is more than just a sharp pencil and some engineering graph paper, but that’s a good place to start.

As well as this, you’ll need a tool to help you measure distances and dimensions, such as a laser measurer, and a compass so you know which way is north. We’ve included the full list of items you’ll need in our downloadable guide.

2. Take your measurements consistently

In the interests of accuracy and uniformity when drawing a floor plan, take all of your measurements at the same wall height, recording at least two measurements for each room (more for non-standard shaped rooms). State all measurements in metres, and round them up or down to the nearest centimetre.

3. Include every necessary detail

This includes doors (including reference to swing direction and door type), windows, permanent fittings, and labels for floor levels and rooms. Don’t forget staircases, gardens and garages. Thick walls (> 0.5m), basements, attics, low ceiling heights (<1.5m), chimney breasts and large fireplaces should all be noted down

Stepped changes in floor levels should also be expressed. Other features that we recommend to include in floor plans are assets to the property, such as swimming pools, annexes and summer houses.

4. Learn and use the correct symbols

Get to grips with how to represent various door types and swing directions, windows, staircases, fittings like cabinets, bathtubs, toilets, showers, stoves, heaters and more. The more floor plans you draw, the more practice you’ll get.

5. Always check your floor plans

Once you’ve finished any sketch or drawing of a floor plan, it’s time to recap, check and re-check everything from the shape to the scale and your measurements. Also make sure you’ve ticked off the items on our floor plan checklist, included in our comprehensive guide. Have you included everything?

Providing floor plans is all about a high level of accuracy, so don’t be tempted to skimp or cut corners where precision is concerned.

When you’ve got to grips with the best practices and processes behind drawing property floor plans, it’s pretty simple. Close attention to detail, commitment to the task at hand and the patience to double and triple check your work will be your greatest allies. Good luck, and happy drawing!

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