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Using Excel to Plan Your Space

Have you ever tried to draw the layout of your home?   When we first started talking about our studio project I just used graph paper to try to figure out our ideal floor plan.  One square equaled one foot.  Simple enough.  But then, I wanted a more professional type drawing.  I tried Smart Draw.  I consider myself fairly savvy when it comes to computer stuff, but I just didn't have the patience to work with that program.  Then, the clouds parted and the sun shone in.  No...wait...it was the light bulb above my head shining brightly!  Excel!  Why didn't I think of it sooner?  You could probably even use Power Point to make a decent drawing of your homes layout, or planned layout.

So, I spent a portion of my Saturday drawing out our little dream home.  It was so easy.  Of course, it doesnt have the actual symbols that a professional blue print would include, but it gets the point across.

  • First, adjust the Excel cells to your desired square size.  I chose 20x20 pixels, each square equaling one foot.  T
  • Then, simply insert lines for the walls giving the outer walls heavier weight lines and cabinets and such dotted lines.  
  • Excel has several different combinations of dots and dashes so you can use a different one to represent cabinets, counter tops, and room divisions.

So, without further ado, here is the drawing of the new layout for our studio.  As you can see each room has its diminsions along the different walls.  You might find like we did that using a text box for these was a little easier to manipulate because you can just move them rather than having to delete them and retype them.  There are also many symbols on the insert tab to show sinks, toilets, ranges and so on.

For our purposes, the broken line in the living area indicates that it is all one area with no wall there, but the ceiling heights are different (the wall there was a support wall, but we had a header inserted in order to open up the room a little).  There are dotted lines around the bedroom because we plan on using IKEA wardrobes/storage that will double as walls.   Originally, the only window was the front window and glass commercial door.  I am a lover of natural light plus Residential Code requires a window or exterior door in each bedroom and a window or exterior door in the bathroom for safety reasons...fire and such.  So, we have added a few more sources of natural light/safety precautions - a large window in the bathroom, a door with a paned window on the south side of the building and we will be adding french doors in the dining area which should sufficiently light the kitchen area.  So I think we are covered as far as natural light.  The front and back rooms will have 10 foot ceilings so we have considered two small windows along the top, but I'm not convinced we need it.  We will see.

These drawings have really come in handy for bid purposes.  We have used them as templates for electrical contractors to use to give us bids.  Although, the colorful dots aren't standard signs for electrical drawings, they have figured it out pretty easy with the key.  This drawing shows exactly how many plugs we want and where we want/need them.  It looks like a lot of them, huh?  Ok, maybe it is a lot of them.  but we need them.  Now-a-days everyone has at least two cell phone chargers, net book chargers, battery chargers, ipod players, tv's, swiffer sweepers, steam mops, irons, computers, wireless printers, lamps, alarm clocks, appliances and so on, and so on....  We would rather have too many than regret not putting in enough.

 You can also use the symbols on the insert tab of Excel to designate where you want your lights and what kind of lights you want.  The blue circles with no fill indicate can lights on our drawing.  The blue filled circles indicate under cabinet lighting.  I forgot to put a couple of switches there, as we would like to have a switch designated to switch the printer/fax machine and chargers off when not in use.  The red circles indicate conventional lights with fan kits.  My husband is a hottie.  No, I didn't just lose my train of thought.  I mean his thermostat is broken and he is always hot so he needs fans.  I could live without them.  Totally.  And that is no understatement.  The smaller red circles in the bedroom and dining room indicate we are using the original, conventional lighting.  We did not want to go through the work and expense of removing that sheetrock.  We can live with those lights back there.

So there you have it.  A quick insight into our vision for the future Casa Causpanic.  I was hoping we could get electrical and AC done this week, but it doesn't look like that is gonna pan out.  Soooo, we will see.  Maybe a move in date of about a month into the future isn't to much to hope for.  We shall see.

I hope you or someone you know can use this information!  Have fun with it.  Even if you haven't had any serious plans about renovating, just play around with some ideas.  It's fun and inspiring. 

Have a great day tomorrow!! We love you, our Casa Causpanic readers!  Thank you so much for your time!  We realize it is precious and it humbles us that you would spend it with us.  

PS:  I linked up at Reasons to Skip the Housework. 

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