The term reflected ceiling plan probably isn’t familiar to many people, but this fairly simple document can really help to prevent problems and speed up alterations and repair work if it is done correctly. If, for example, you undertake larger scale DIY, or are responsible for refitting certain aspects of an office space in-house, then there is a compelling argument for making a reflected ceiling plan as you go; just as it can very much worth your while to get one made professionally before any such works if you are unsure.
What is a reflected ceiling plan?
A reflected ceiling plan is essentially what its name suggests; it is a representation of the ceiling, along with all it’s fixtures, fittings structures and services etc clearly marked to allow easy understanding and locating. The word reflected refers to the fact that the ceiling is perceived from above on the plans rather than from the view within the room, thus it is a reflected version of itself. This basically means that a reflected ceiling plan is a floor plan, with the ceiling’s features marked on it.
Why would I need one?
As with any type of planning document, renovation is usually the main reason for having them drawn up, but there are plenty of others. If you wish to make changes to the structure within a ceiling or add various electrical devices for example, then understanding where the electrical cabling and other services are located can save you from a lot of hunting around and attempting to fit them. Similarly, if you have had a lot of construction work carried out on a property, it can be useful to get either the construction firm or a third party such as V Mark Survey to draw up a professional reflected ceiling plan of the new layout to inform future buyers or to remind yourself should you need to know.
Doing it yourself
If you have undertaken renovation or extensive DIY work, then this is also a very good reason to have reflected ceiling plans drawn up, either simple ones yourself or ideally professional ones. This will give your work some professional creedence and ensure that all of the changes are known. This can be a real saving grace when you are attempting to make alterations in the future as there is nothing more embarrassingly dangerous than accidently cutting through a live electrical cable because you forgot that you put one there.
Ultimately, the need for a reflected ceiling plan is fairly situational. In short however, if you are seeking to make changes or have just made changes to the layout of concealed services and alike within a ceiling, then having a document that details where everything is now positioned can be of great use. After all you may think you can remember where things are, but if you sell the property or someone else needs to do work on it, having the plans will make things a lot easier.