Architectural Plan Views

A floor plan is the most fundamental architectural diagram, a view from above showing the arrangement of spaces in building in the same way as a map, but showing the arrangement at a particular level of a building. Technically it is a horizontal section cut through a building (conventionally at four feet / one metre and twenty centimetres above floor level), showing walls, windows and door openings and other features at that level. The plan view includes anything that could be seen below that level: the floor, stairs (but only up to the plan level), fittings and sometimes furniture. Objects above the plan level (e.g. beams overhead) can be indicated as dotted lines.

Homes of Southern California: 1890s-2010s

My goal is to eventually fill out this post with a collection of floor plans and images that will be representative of the most common home types built in Southern California in the last 120 years or so.

Bungalow Floor Plans: 1900s-1920s


The floorpan below is an American Foursquare. This is a common house type in the midwest and eastern states, built in the early 20th century.


Contemporary Floor Plans: 1990s-2010s


A modestly sized home in Glendora, CA by The Olson Company (2015)

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A large home in Glendora, CA by William Lyon Homes (2015)



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