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Before construction can begin on any residential, commercial, or industrial building project, the information needed by all personnel involved with the project must be documented. Most of this documentation is in the form of architectural drawings, and perhaps the most useful and widely recognized of these is the floor plan.

A floor plan is a drawing that displays a bird’s-eye view of the layout of the interior of a building. The scope of the plan can range from a single room to the arrangement of all the rooms on a particular floor of a given building. Floor plans are usually drawn to scale, which means that if the drawings were uniformly enlarged, it would accurately depict the actual dimensions of the room (and any objects in the room) without distortion. A common scale used in the United States is ¼ inch = 1 foot (sometimes referred to as 1:48 scale). So, for example, a wall that is actually 8 feet long would appear 2 inches long on the floor plan. 

Nearly everyone involved in real-estate projects, from architects and contractors to real estate agents and potential buyers, can benefit from access to floor plans. Cad Crowd’s design experts have the experience to develop accurate, professional-looking floor plans for buildings of all sizes, on time, and at prices that are sure to be within your budget.

What to expect when it comes to floor plan design services

The number of services that our freelancers offer will vary. When you request a quote from us, be sure to provide us with a detailed description of your project in the Project Details section so that we can put you in touch with the right professional. Some things to consider are:

Where to start

Floor plans need a starting point. Our freelancers are able to work from photographs of your property, and most are even able to work from hand-drawn sketches. But if no documentation at all is available, we may be able to find a floor plan expert who would be willing to come on-site to make the necessary measurements. 

Conversion services

Floor plan freelancers also commonly provide conversion services. Existing plans in one format (like .pdf files) can be converted into a format more easily edited by CAD software. Other types of conversions are also available. For example, existing two-dimensional plans can be converted into 3D plans to add visual depth to your design.

Virtual services

In addition to 2D and 3D floor plans, some of our professionals can offer a service that is a step up. While still images can be impressive, nothing can beat one of the latest trends in floor plan design: Taking a walkthrough of your completed project. Interior 3D images of the property are stitched together into an animation that mimics an actual tour of the space. A walkthrough (sometimes referred to as a virtual tour or a virtual walkthrough) is an exciting way to experience the full measure of the layout of a building.

Virtual-reality services

There is actually another type of floor plan offered by some of Cad Crowd’s professionals, known as a virtual-reality tour. The technology is relatively new, so the service is not as widely available, but the prospects are very exciting.  

Don’t confuse a virtual tour with a virtual-reality tour. As impressive as virtual tours are, they are only short animations – movies of what your property would look like from eye level as you walk through the building. Virtual-reality tours, on the other hand, are truly state-of-the-art. By donning special virtual-reality goggles, viewers can experience and fully engage with the interior space of a building. As mentioned above, the technology is fairly new, and not every freelancer or company will have purchased the equipment and software needed to offer VR tours. But if this is something you would like to experience for yourself or to offer to prospective clients, please let us know when you request a quote. 

Additional services

If your project is larger in scope, you may need supplementary architectural documentation to complement your floor plans. Many freelancers also offer additional services like site/landscape plans and 3D rendering services. (3D rendering is the process of enhancing a three-dimensional computer drawing to make it appear more realistic. Skilled designers can use specialized rendering software to transform a floor plan into an image that looks like a high-definition photograph of the actual room.) Instead of having to take the time to obtain these additional services from other providers, a Cad Crowd floor plan designer might just offer you one-stop shopping.

Pricing

Floor plan pricing is often based on the number of rooms in the design or on the square footage of the project. Some of our contract firms offer a subscription arrangement with a monthly fee. Volume discounts are often available.

Floor plan design services are widely used

Businesses of all sizes and people from all walks of life make use of floor plan design services, including:

Appraisers Home buyers and homeowners
Architects and architectural firms Home-improvement contractors
Building developers Office planners
Designers and design firms Project managers
Engineers Property managers
Entrepreneurs  Property photographers
Home builders Realtors and real estate companies

Whether you’re working on a personal undertaking or a professional one, your project is important to you. And that makes it important to us.

Benefits of working with a floor plan design freelancers

The use of floor plans can benefit you, your business, and your customers in many ways.  

Floor plans add visual interest to marketing materials

Let’s face it – you’re not going to sell a house or rent an apartment by describing it in words. Interior and exterior images of the property will add pizzazz to your marketing literature. Include a 2D or 3D floor plan with those images; it can be the ticket to creating eye-catching websites and brochures.

They are a great aid for navigating a space

As mentioned above, adding compelling images to your real-estate literature can change the boilerplate language into striking marketing material. And while interior and exterior photos can help depict the ambience of a property, a floor plan will enable prospective buyers or tenants to get a feel for the actual traffic flow through a home or apartment. Photos can give you an idea of what the bedroom and bathroom will look like; a floor plan will give you a sense ahead of time about how far your walk between the two will be in the middle of the night.

They will help you maintain compliance with regulatory requirements

The list of documents necessary to obtain a building permit varies from location to location around the country. But the one document that almost all municipal building departments are going to require is the floor plan.  

They are a great aid for visualizing a space

You’re asking for trouble if you expect a contractor to remodel a room based on a verbal summary. So, along the lines of a-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words, a floor plan is going to be your best bet to get your point across. “As designed” drawings – blueprints that show the original intentions of the designer – are an invaluable resource you can use for comparison to the finished project.

Contracting with a floor plan service firm is going to save you time

When you work with a floor plan design company, you have the services of an entire team of professionals at your disposal. Reputable firms, like those that Cad Crowd can put you in touch with, will have the personnel who have the training and experience to create accurate floor plans quickly. These experts will be using the most up-to-date hardware and software available – resources that may be out of the reach of the average consumer.

Put another way, by utilizing our network of pre-qualified professionals, you can have highly accurate, exceptional-looking floor plans delivered to you at a fraction of the cost of obtaining the hardware yourself, and in a fraction of the time it would take you to learn (let alone master) the software. (In fact, simpler projects can often be completed for you in just a day.)

And finally… 

Having a floor plan can have a positive effect on your bottom line

For those in the real estate business, making floor plans an integral part of your business strategy can increase the number of potential buyers or tenants. In particular, three-dimensional floor plans will make your real estate listing look more professional. That’s going to grab people’s attention and help turn prospective clients into actual customers.

While few people would buy a house or condo without inspecting the property in person, traveling to and touring through dwellings is a time-intensive process. By having clients review floor plans ahead of time, the list of candidate properties can be shortened. That will save you time, and that saves you money.

But even the average do-it-yourselfer can realize cost savings through the use of floor plans. With a professionally drawn plan, homeowners can more precisely visualize completed remodeling projects ahead of time. This means you can more accurately estimate the amount (and cost) of supplies and labor for your project. A well-designed floor plan also means there will be a reduced chance for the need to make design changes after demolition or construction has already begun. And that’s going to help you stay within your budget.

Popular software packages used by professionals

There are many versatile software programs in use by drafting professionals. Among the more popular packages that can handle residential and commercial projects are:

3ds Max Navisworks
ArchiCAD SketchUp
AutoCAD SolidWorks
AutoDesk Revit Sweet Home 3D
Chief Architect V-Ray
MicroStation Vectorworks

If you’re looking for a freelancer with specific software skills, or you prefer working with particular file formats (.dwg, .pdf, .pln, .png, .svg, etc.), please let us know when you request a quote.   

Cad Crowd has the resources to help with your project

Let Cad Crowd help you achieve your project goals by putting you in touch with a floor plan design company or freelance specialist. Whether you’re remodeling a single room of your house, showcasing a condo for sale, or managing an industrial construction project, we’re right behind you. And with the decades of professional industry experience that our network members possess, you can be sure of obtaining high-quality results. 

Whatever the size of your project, Cad Crowd has the professional resources to help you meet your goals. Our freelancers can create the floor plans you need in a timely manner and within your budget. And you can rest assured that the quality of their work is backed by our accuracy guarantee.  

Hire a professional freelancer CAD designer for your next floor plan design project

Our freelance experts are among the most talented in the industry. Cad Crowd has an extensive network of pre-qualified and vetted professionals available who can develop the floor plans required to help you turn your dreams into reality. Obtain a free, no-obligation quote today!

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