5 Tips on How to Draw a Blueprint by Hand

How do you draw a blueprint by hand quickly and efficiently? Here at RoomSketcher, we get this question all the time. Fortunately, we work with thousands of professionals who create hand-drawn blueprints every single day, all over the world. We asked them for their top tips on how to create an accurate blueprint using just pen, paper, and a laser measurer. We’ll share these tips with you in a moment, but first, let’s take a quick look at the difference between a floor plan and a blueprint.

Floor Plan vs. Blueprint – Definition

Floor Plan and Blueprint can sometimes be used interchangeably, but don’t let that fool you – the differences are quite significant. A blueprint originally referred to as a copy technique, characterized by white lines on blue paper. It didn’t have to be a floor plan per se but could be a drawing of a building, a construction drawing, or indeed a floor plan. Nowadays, a blueprint most often refers to an architect’s drawing of a floor plan, complete with lots of measurements and details. Here at RoomSketcher, we consider a blueprint to be anything from an architect’s floor plan, to a hand-drawn sketch of a floor plan. Basically, a floor plan that you likely wouldn’t want to use for sales or marketing purposes (because it’s too detailed or just a rough sketch).

A floor plan, on the other hand, is a type of drawing that shows you the layout of a home or property from above. It is much more polished than a blueprint and is used for sales, marketing, and communication purposes. Examples include when you are listing a property for sale, communicating a design to an interior design client (or your spouse!), working with contractors, and much more.

To create the floor plan, you first need a blueprint. Sometimes you can get one from the architect, the home builder, or from earlier home sales. Often, however, there won’t be a pre-existing blueprint, and you need to draw the blueprint yourself, by hand.

How to Draw A Blueprint By Hand

Before you get started, make sure you have a pen and paper, plus a simple laser measure. If you don’t have a laser measure, you can still create your blueprint, it will just not be as accurate. If you are not using a laser measure, use a standard tape measure, or as a last resort, try to “step out” distances using your feet where a long stride represents 1 meter or approximately 3 feet. With tools in place, follow the RoomSketcher 5-step process on how to draw your blueprint by hand.

1. Start with a Walkaround of the Property

A walkaround is a great way to get to know the property before you actually start drawing. A lot of professionals already do this as part of their work. For example, if you are a real estate photographer – you might have already walked the property as you shot photos. The idea of the walkaround is to give you an overall visualization of the shape of the property. You want to aim to represent the property’s shape on paper so you don’t get surprised half-way through your drawing.

Tips at this stage: If it’s a house, take a walk around the house outside and make a

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