Measured Drawings | Project Summary 12

Measured drawings of multistory buildings and residential spaces are something that I create often. In this post, which I’m publishing as another in my series of project summary posts, I’ll discuss a project of this nature.

Project Background

An NYC Architect, who in the past I did an existing site survey for, contacted me to request an existing site survey of a residential apartment located in a building on the Upper East Side (UES) of Manhattan. An “existing site survey” is another term for “measured drawings”.

He wanted the measured drawings to include:

  • Floor plans.
  • Door widths/heights (to face of jamb).
  • Window widths/heights (to face of jamb), sill height, exterior wall thicknesses.
  • Ceiling heights.
  • Bath fixture locations and sizes, centerlines to sink/toilet/tub/shower plumbing.
  • Radiator locations, radiator sizes, riser locations.
  • Electrical panel locations, size/height.
  • Plumbing/steam riser locations if exposed.
  • A reflected ceiling plan with ceiling beam dimensions/locations.

As I mentioned, I had done work for this Architect before, so I pretty much knew exactly what he wanted. Therefore I submitted a proposal to him, he approved it, and I scheduled a day to access the apartment.

Project Summary
Item Description
Type and Location: A residential apartment located in New York City, NY.
Client: Architect
Scope of Work: Create a measured floor plan and reflected ceiling.
Floor Plan Area: 1,748 sq.ft.
Was the space occupied with tenants?: No.
Access Restrictions: No. Someone met me onsite and unlocked the vacant apartment for me. At the end of the day I merely pulled the door closed behind me when I left, and then as I left the building I let the doorman know that I was finished in the apartment.
Field Setup and Breakdown Time: This time is lumped into my field time. For a project like this it typically only takes me about ten minutes to setup, and then 10 minutes to pack-up at the end of the day.
Field Measuring Time: 11.55 hours
CAD Drafting Time: 9.25 hours
Total Travel Time: I made two visits to the site, each of which took 2.00 hours round trip. Therefore 4.00 hours was my total travel time.
Misc. Time: Approximately 1.00 hour of project coordination.
Crew Size: 1 man
Field Equipment Used: Hand held laser, tape measure, point-and-shoot camera, pens, pencils, eraser, paper and foam board.
Comments: This was a fairly reasonable space to measure and draft. The layout was not complicated, nor dense.
Total Time Spent on Project: 25.80 hours

A project sample of floor plan measured drawings.

A project sample of floor plan measured drawings.


A project sample of reflected ceiling plan measured drawings.

A project sample of reflected ceiling plan measured drawings.



That’s all for this project summary post. Please check back in the future for more such posts!


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About Brian M. Curran

I'm Brian M. Curran and I run a drafting services business in NYC. My aim is to create quality drawings, and to be entrusted with important projects. For some project on-site videos, please visit my Google profile.
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