• To begin, draw an outline of the room
  • Measure and note the ceiling height and any existing soffits
  • Measure and note all wall lengths
  • Measure and note the location of obstacles along each wall, recording their height, width and depth from outside edge to outside edge (include doors, windows and pipe chases)
  • Identify and note existing plumbing, electrical and lighting center lines on all walls including:
  1. Door Frames
  2. Range Hook-up
  3. Light Switches
  4. Electrical outlets
  5. Lighting fixtures
  6. Phone jacks
  7. Heating/air vents (including locations in the floor)
  • Record the height from finished floor for items like windows, outlets, and vents
  • Record measurements of any freestanding furniture pieces or appliances that may stand in the room
  • Have an electrician check the electrical service panel conditions to ensure it can handle any change of appliances you may be making in places
  • If attic or basement walls will be affected by the renovation, make sure any plumbing or venting changes are verified by a professional
  • Note window size and placement, along with trim and sill dimensions
  • Note the location of ventilation and duct-work on your drawing
  • Measure any items that will stay in the room and relate to your floor plan
  • Make note of any electrical details, such as light switches and outlets that need to stay, or could possibly be moved