1. When laying out the dimensions to rooms in a house, what is the proper way to measure? Basically, if I say I want Room A to be 12'x12", is that from stud to stud, or sheetrock to sheetrock? Also, how much do you add for sheetrock and stud when laying out a room on the other side of the wall?
2. Foundation walls first, then concrete floor for basements? Also, when do you put in pipes, sewer, ect? Before foundation is layed? Or after foundation walls are poured?
I am wanting to learn more about the process into designing a house. I'm no architect, so I am just wanting a better understanding of everything. One day, maybe, I hope to oversee the building of my own house.
Regarding room measurements, I've seen either system (centers of walls and paint to paint).
The important thing is to make sure whoever puts them in knows what you've done.
Unless you're there when they do it, they might not measure all that carefully, anyway. Depends on the crew. One thing that seems universal though -- if there's any question, they won't wait for an answer.
I like doing initial sketches on graph paper -- 1 foot to a quarter inch square, using a half a square for a wall thickness.
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