If you are looking to remodel a San Diego home, there are a lot of preparations that you must take in order to make sure that everything goes smoothly. A San Diego remodel is not necessarily a cheap undertaking, so taking care of all these preparations is absolutely necessary in order to minimize expenses and maximize efficiency. One of the first things that you must do is measure the square footage of your home. Only when you have the knowledge of the square footage of your home can you accurately make decisions when it comes to things like carpeting, furniture, etc.
Getting the proper square footage of your home is not as easy as you might think. In fact, there are actually standards that you must follow. Up until the mid 90s, there weren’t actually any standards, but the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) changed all of that. Luckily, you don’t have to pay anyone to measure your square footage, because the ANSI made their standards public. The reason that measurements are now so complicated is because some rooms don’t actually count toward the total square footage of your home. When doing a San Diego remodel, you must know this information and keep it in mind before you can start working.
Even if you hire a general contractor San Diego, they may need to know the square footage before they can properly perform a San Diego design and build. While they will be able to take the measurements themselves, it’s good for you to be armed with all the information that you need before you start on your project. This will help you budget and prepare for your remodel San Diego so that there are no surprises down the road. If you didn’t already know, the square footage is the area of a room, so the first thing to know is how to figure out the area of a shape. If you have a square room, you measure the length x the width. If you have a triangular room, you measure 1/2 (base x height). If you have a circular room, you measure 3.14 x the radius squared.
As previously mentioned, there are certain rooms which should be ignored in your square footage measurement. First of all, your garage does not count as part of the house, even if it is attached. No other rooms which are unfinished count either, including basements or crawlspaces. Even if your basement is finished, no room that is partially underground counts toward square footage, nor does any room with a ceiling below 7′.