Measuring your Renovation Project: 3 things to know



This post is about measurement. Not the most glamorous subject, but I assure you, one the most important things when you are planning your home improvement project. Whether your are DIY or using a Contractor you will need to discuss measurement. In fact, the first conversation you have with any renovation contractor will always include a question about size. To help you out, I have created a list of the most common things you will need to know to communicate effectively with everyone involved in the project. Drop me a comment down there on the bottom if you want to clarify anything, or just add your take. 

1. Tools 


 There are several tools you may need to use in planning your project. The best all around is a measuring tape. Make sure it is long enough to measure your home. If you live in a decent size place, don't use a 1 meter tape measure, go ahead and splurge for a bigger one. It will make your life easier. An adjustable steel square is useful for measuring 45 and 90 Degree angles for joining. A stainless steel meter stick makes drawing straight lines easy, as well as measuring smaller distances. A level will help you make sure everything is, well, level. A plumb bob can be handy as well for measuring vertical alignment. If you want to get high-tech than a laser level is also an option, and does several jobs. Don't forget a notebook to write everything down on and a good old-fashioned calculator for the inevitable math. 

2. Units 


Most of the world, Singapore included, uses the metric system, however due to the British and American influence, there are still references to the Imperial system of inches and feet. If maths (and memory) were never your strong point then a converter like this one or this one are invaluable for convenience. Always remember to communicate the units you used to any renovation contractor.  

3. The Formula for Area




For Home Improvement  Area is the most common measurement you will use. This is calculated by multiplying the length of the room by the width (A=L x W). As an example, if you have a room that you measure (see how useful that tape measure is) as 3 meters by 4 meters, then the room is 12 square meters in area. Seems easy right? If the room is L- shaped then divide it into easy to measure rectangles and then simply add the results. See this example: [caption id="attachment_149" align="alignnone" width="543"] 
There is an old Management Theory maximum that says "If you can't measure it, then you can't manage it." Fortunately as a homeowner managing your home renovation project, you now can.


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