What to pay attention to when reading the architectural plan of dwelling

Before buying a flat, also from the secondary market, it is worth getting acquainted with the architectural plan carefully. It differs significantly from the sales plan in that it contains much more relevant information, which will have an impact on the subsequent fitting-out of the premises. A layman may have a problem with reading the architectural plan correctly. In this guide we suggest you which elements you need to pay special attention to.
Load-bearing walls
On architectural plans, they are usually marked with a thicker line and diagonal lines. Load-bearing walls must not be demolished or moved, unless support columns or so-called “hoists” are used. However, it is a complicated operation which will significantly increase the costs of renovating and adapting the flat to your needs. Partition walls are thinner, they are usually marked with grilles – they can be moved freely to enlarge the space or to separate a new room.
Location of the apartment in relation to the rest of the world
This is a very important issue for people who want, for example, to have a brighter living room and a cooler bedroom. It is worth checking carefully whether the current architectural layout of the apartment suits us. If not, it may be very difficult or even impossible to make any changes – for example, in tenement houses there is usually no possibility of transferring water, sewage and gas systems.
Designation of window and door joinery
All door and window openings must be marked on the architectural plan. Pay attention not only to the fact that the number of the objects corresponds to the actual situation, but also to the dimensions planned by the architect. It may be that the doorways are very narrow, which makes the use of the rooms uncomfortable. Window openings also determine the direction of furnishing the apartment – they can, for example, prevent the kitchen cupboards from being hung in the desired place.
Make sure that the door is opened in the direction planned by the designer!
Meters, electrical equipment
In the case of finished apartments, it is usually not possible to change the location of the electricity and water meters. This causes certain arrangement difficulties and significantly limits the freedom in this area. Electrical equipment, e.g. sockets, can be moved, but this is connected with further expenses. If the location of your accessories has been poorly planned or is simply not right for you, be prepared for additional finishing work.
Please note that your landlord will need to provide you with an architectural plan of the property (if any). Take him home and take a look at the details listed. This will minimize the risk of making a serious mistake and buying a property that simply does not suit you.

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