Accurate dimensions of the existing space are critical for a renovation project. This is also true for any fixtures or structural elements that will remain in the newly designed space or will be reused or repurposed. Many designers make a second trip to the client’s home to verify all measurements and determine the accuracy of their design.
To collect dimensions of mechanical devices, fixtures, and structural elements, you can use:
• Form 7: Dimensions of Mechanical Devices
• Form 8: Window Measurements
• Form 9: Door Measurements
• Form 10: Fixture Measurements
As a reminder, all the needs assessment forms are also available online at www. wiley. com/go/ bathplanning.
Following are suggestions on how to collect accurate and complete measurements. Make your drawings at the site (client’s home) on graph paper. Alternatively, take your laptop and enter the drawings directly into a computer-aided design drawing program. Date your drawings and label with the client’s name and jobsite location.
• Measure each wall. Take at least two measurements, one low and one high on the wall, to help determine variations in corners.
• Prepare a dimensioned drawing, to scale (suggest 1/2” = 1 ’0” or a ratio of 1 to 20 in metric using mm or cm), of the bathroom space. Be sure to include wall thickness. Double check each dimension and record your numbers carefully.
• In a complex space, you may wish to prepare more than one dimensioned drawing. One drawing will note the correct dimensions of the space and additional drawings will be used to note other details, as noted below.
• Measure the ceiling height in several places.
• Project an elevation of each bathroom wall, verifying the dimensions of each wall. You will use these elevations to note the location of architectural features, mechanical devices (Form 7), windows (Form 8), doors (Form 9), and fixtures to remain (Form 10).
• If needed, prepare a reflected ceiling plan to note features on the ceiling, such as heat registers, beams, or lighting.
• Locate each mechanical connection, such as the soil stack, plumbing supply pipes, and electrical receptacles. Locate these features on the floor plan or the elevations, as appropriate.
• Measure any architectural features in the space, such as columns, arches, or beams. Locate these features on the floor plan or the elevations, as appropriate.
• Measure the location and size of each heat register, radiator, or other mechanical device. Include items on the walls, floor, and ceiling. Record these measurements on Form 7, and locate these features on the floor plan and/or elevations.
• Measure each window. Measure the size of the window, frame, and overall size of the window including the trim. Measure the location of the window from the floor, ceiling, and corners of the room. Include the height of the sill (Form 8). Note the location of each window on the floor plan and elevations.
• Measure each door, similar to how you measured the window. Locate the height of the door handle. Note the location of doors on the floor plan and elevations. Indicate the door swings (Form 9).
• Measure the size of any fixtures to be removed. Include height, width, and depth. Note any potential problems with removal (see Form 10).
• Measure the size and location of any fixtures to remain. Include centerline dimensions to determine clearances (Form 10).