Floor Plans for Mobile and Manufactured Homes – Reading and Understanding Them
I wrote several articles recently about new model homes. When looking at a new home, you need to know how to read a mobile home floor plan. While some retail locations have homes onsite you can walk through, they also are likely to have a number of home models you can purchase or customize. If you can’t walk through in person, it’s good to know how to read a floor plan.
Floor plans tell you about a home. Of course, it will show the size of the home. But a good floor plan also will tell you the size of the rooms, the way the doors open for those rooms, even where the appliances are in the kitchen and bathroom. Know these features – they can help you pick out the right model of mobile or manufactured home for you.
Let’s Look at an Example Floor Plan:
To start with, a floor plan is drawn from a bird’s eye view. That means that it is drawn from above, as if the roof had was removed and you were looking down on it. You can pick out the main rooms pretty easily.
For example, look at this Dutch Edge II floor plan from Champion Home Builders.
To start with, all the walls are solid lines. (On some floor plans, they are filled in with a pattern.) The breaks in these lines indicate doors, windows and openings between rooms.
Can you find the front door? It’s in the living room. Imagine walking into this home. You can see what areas of the floor are carpeted (they are in brown), and the areas that are tiled (the crosshatch pattern). This home has an “open floor plan” – notice that there is not a wall between the living area and the kitchen.
In addition, notice that this mobile home has a second door to the outside through the Utility room. Notice the ways the doors are drawn. On the front door, the door swings into the living area. On the back door, it swings outside. Of course, that is fairly common. The reason it matters is that now you can see which way all the doors swing – and that can make a difference in where you plan on putting your furniture.
As you can see, the windows on this floor plan are white with double lines. Additionally, notice the notes around the edges of the floor plan – this home has optional windows. So, in this model home, you can add an extra window in bedroom #3 , one in the master bedroom, and you can choose to have a large three-panel window in the living area.
Occasionally windows will have slightly different symbols. These could indicate bay windows or casement style windows.
One of the other things you can see in a floor plan is the location of the toilet, sinks, bathtubs. In this little floor plan example from Adventure Homes you can see the location of a large garden tub, a shower, double sinks and a toilet.
Likewise, in the kitchen, you can see the placement of the stove, sink and refrigerator. Here’s something to note: you can see in the floor plan above that the home comes with a stove, but the washer and dryer are optional. Again, this is standard, but good to know when you shopping for homes.
Also, the floor plan will include built-in cabinets. It is in the floor plan above in light gray.
Do an Imaginary Walk Through of the Floor Plan
In conclusion, if you are shopping for new model homes? Look at as many floor plans as you can. Walk through them with your mind, and go from room to room. It will help you pick the right home for you.