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Standard/common dimensions.

I am in the process of thinking about renovating an addition on my house which would include a kitchen, informal dining area, basement access and a bathroom and am surprised at how difficult it seems to just lay the project out. I'm pretty handy and like doing things like this myself for the cost savings as well as for the learning experience. When thinking about the sheds that I have made I was surprised at how many assumptions I made in the design as far as ceiling height, door sizes, roof pith, entry stairs and ramps etc. It didn't seem to matter much because they were just sheds. For the home this tasks seems daunting in that you would seem to have to contact door manufacturers to get the dimensions for the openings, appliance companies, cabinet manufacturers, bathroom suppliers for proper toilet and sink placements, figure out the correct stair dimensions etc etc etc just to lay it out. Is there any place or book that you know of that gives you standard building dimensions such as the standard opening for a dishwasher, cabinet doors, door and window sizes, common stair pitches, ceiling heights etc.

Timothy Miller
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Howdy great sources are the how too books available at libraries or at the big box stores.... Home depoe 11/2" thick book on kitchens and baths is absoultly helpful in layout. Just takes time and $$ to research and build.
The contractor desks can give you great information too at the box stores.

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The mydeco website has a really cool 3d tool where you can organise your room and try out different furniture and finishes such as wallpaper, wood floorings etc. and you can change the floor plan to represent your home. It's a really good way of deciding how you are going to arrange and decorate a room before you start, and it’s free! Check it out at mydeco.com

Hank Bauer
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See if you can find this book.
Traditional Details for Buliding,Restoration,Removation and Rehabilitation.
By John Bella
This book will give you everything you will need and then some.

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