Draw a house plan using your feet as the unit of measurement

Raise the roof: draw your house like a drafter

Today, you are a drafter. A drafter (draftswoman or draftsman) transforms the ideas of engineers and architects into workable plans. Can you draw what your house looks like from above, if you lifted off the roof?

1. Write down how many bedrooms, bathrooms, living areas, dining areas, kitchens and other spaces you have in your house.

2. Using an A4 piece of paper, sketch a bird's eye view (a view from above) of all of the rooms inside your house.

3. Now comes the tricky part! Measurements are important when drawing a proper house plan. Usually, building trades would use a tape measure or laser device, but in this challenge you will be using your feet! Using one foot in front of the other, count how many feet it takes from one side of each room to the other. You will need paper and pencil to write this down so you don't forget.

4. Then, measure from the front to the back of your house and all sides of the house to get the overall dimensions of the building.

5. Finally, redraw your house plan to scale. You will need a ruler. Using the formula 2 feet = 1 centimetre can you accurately map your house, room by room?



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