When I first became an architect, I had a crash course in how to measure a house. It’s true, my learning curve wasn’t as steep as interpreting the 2015 Code Book. After thirty years of measuring houses and buildings there are three tips that I have created to measure a house that make it a more enjoyable and efficent experience.
It’s tempting to want to skip tight corners and a small level change in the celing or floor. After years of measuring, or just living life it’s easy to guess how long an inch or a foot is. Don’t Guess! It does take more time to accurately measure every inch of a house. The temptation to guess at measurements will quickly fade once you get back to the office and realize that your plans are inaccurate and you’ll have to remeasure the site. Do it right the first time. You’ll thank yourself later.
Bring the Right Measure Tools
- I have a bag set aside with all of the tools I need, so I can just grab and go. Here is what has been in my bag for the past thirty years:
- Standard Tape Measure
- Extra Long Tape Measure
- 3-4 Sharpened Pencils
- Tracing Paper
Recently, I just upgarded to my new Laser Measure. I LOVE IT. It’s accurate. It’s fast. It’s easy to use. It’s my go to. Of course there are always those tricky spaces when my standard tape measure still gets the job done.
Bring Someone Along
It’s easier, so much easier to measure a space when you have someone who can help you. It’s important to note that whoever you bring along should know how to read building plans, and how to use a tape measure. You may have to give them your own crash course in how to measure a house, but it will save you time. Plus, measuring a house can be a tidious process and it’s nice to have a friend along.
You don’t have to be an architect to know how to measure a house, in fact it’s a good skill to have in case you want to update or remodel your house. It also helps the architect to have basic plan with measurements to work from. Comment below if you have any questions or your own tips on how to measure a house.