With the help of some great software, I did it!
Ok, so I’m pretty proud of myself.
Fast forward quinze jours, and they’re done! Ok, so they’re probably not perfect and will most likely change, but I’m very happy with how much I was able to do on my own.
I downloaded a great software called Edraw Max that allows you to do floor plans complete with furniture, electrical and plumbing icons. The software was REALLY easy to use. I didn’t even read the tutorial and after about an hour of fiddling with it, I felt operational. I think that anyone with good basic math skills and computer literacy could use this software with relative ease and I highly recommend it!!!
Using the measurements we had taken with the Laser Liner, I proceeded in the following manner:
- First I established the outside walls giving the correct measurements for walls, doors and window openings. This was probably the hardest part. The walls of Our Tour aren’t straight so I had to use a fair bit of basic geometry.
- Next I added the fireplaces and other features that are part of its overlying structure. I also added the beams shown above with dotted lines.
- Then I added the interior non-supporting walls we’ll be adding and laid out a basic plan for the bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Anytime I needed some basic dimensions I’d go to the Ikea catalog on-line.
- Afterwards I established the basic plumbing and water lines.
- I then made another floor plan with furniture to get a better idea of where we wanted the electrical sockets, switches and overhead light fixtures to go.
- Finally, I added the electrical icons and made a new floor plan with a general idea of where the wiring should go.
I now have several different floor plans: with furniture, without furniture, with all structural measurements apparent on the draft, another with electrical wiring and plumbing lines in different colors. My beau père worked at Electricité de France and will be doing the wiring for us so he’ll review and redraw the electricity and our plumber friend will review the bathroom/kitchen plans in greater detail.
So while I’m certain that some things will change and a few parts will have to be redrafted, I think we have a pretty good base to start with!
Update: Everything’s changed!
Some references/links that helped me out:
- Advice on where to place junction boxes and other tips from Doityourself.com.
- Basic sketch/layout of bathroom plumbing roughing from Manage my life.
- Plumbing vents/dimensions from Brady Inspects.