A good floor plan will give you a lot more information, helping you communicate your needs and desires to your interior design should you design to hire one.
A quarter circle is the symbol for a door. The bold line represents the door itself and the arc shows the way in which it opens and moves. Thus, you get information about the placement of the door and how exactly rooms are connected to each other.
The main door is designated as a slightly larger symbol than the interior doors that connect one room to another.
Whenever the door appears as a dotted line on the floor plan, it’s not going to be provided when the owner gets the key to the HDB apartment. They will be responsible for choosing and buying their own doors.
As far as windows go, there are a few distinct possibilities.
Casement windows look like a bolded line on the wall with two quarter-circles for each representing the direction of the window being opened. A thin hollow line by the wall is indicative of a sliding window. Thus, you will get information about both the type of the window and the way in which it opens.
In some cases, the floor plan will provide information about the height and width of the window. This information is very important (just like the direction of the wall on which the window is positioned) because it can help you determine the amount of light that’s going to be entering the flat.
Finally, look for PES on the floor plan. This is a specialised indicator for HDB flats. PES stands for private enclosed space. This is a private outdoor area that belongs to the respective unit, hence you have usage rights. Depending on the layout and the size of the building, the dimensions and the shape of the PES could vary significantly from one floor plan to another.
These are the main essentials to master when reading the floor plan of an HDB apartment. Occasionally, floor plans can be more intricate and provided with additional details or symbols. While such floor plans are very useful in terms of learning exactly what you’ll be getting yourself into, they can be difficult to read.
If you have a trusted interior designer that you’ve worked with in the past, you may want to get their opinion on the HDB apartment floor plan. Professionals in the world of construction and renovations can extract a lot more information from the diagram and provide viable suggestions in terms of buying and renovating.
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