Blueprints provide a helpful outline or image to individuals who are thinking about constructing a house, office, or other building. Blueprints give users the chance to "mess up" and rebuild if they decide to change something. Several services exist online that allow you to create, save, and/or print the blueprint you create. Websites providing these services include Gliffy.com, FloorPlanner.com, and Smallblueprinter.com.
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Decide which type of blueprint you want to create online. House, office, and network diagram blueprints are among the popular ones people make online.
Point your web browser to a website such as gliffy.com, which allows you to make free blueprints. Sign up if registration is required. Alternatively, click on the "Get Started Now" button if using the Gliffy service to make a blueprint completely free without registering.
Notice the column in the Gliffy control panel along the left-hand side of the blueprint graph with sections for "Floorplans," "Network," and "Basic Shapes." Click the "Floorplans" title to expand this section. Click the drop-down menu in this section and click "Structure," a repository filled with walls, stairs, windows, doors, and floors. Click and drag the wall elements to the graph area. Expand and rotate the walls using the edge controls and rotator handle. Continue adding walls until you have the basic outline of the blueprint you want to create.
Fill the blueprint outline with structural elements like floors, doors, and windows. Click and drag each of these elements from the "Structure" section in the "Floorplans" repository over to the graph areas. Add doors to any entryways such as bedrooms, private offices, and bathrooms.
Add other elements important to your blueprint. Find appropriate furniture in the "Floorplans" repository for bedrooms, dining rooms, offices, and other rooms. Find elements such as computers, televisions, firewalls, and telecom links in the "Network" repository. Click and drag each of these elements to the blueprint graph area.
Save your finished blueprint or use the collaboration feature of Gliffy to get others involved. Click the "File" menu located above the blueprint graph area and choose the "Save" option to save your blueprint in your online account. Gliffy will prompt you to sign up for a free account at this point if you have not done so. Print your blueprint by clicking the "Print" option in the File menu.
Tips and warnings
- Download SmartDraw's free blueprint software at SmartDraw.com as an alternative to constructing blueprints online; this software contains much of the same features as Gliffy for making house and office blueprints.
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