How do I measure the approximate size of a building?
It is fairly simple to measure the approximate size of a building by pacing the outer walls of the building itself; each large step is approximately 1m. For an accurate measurement a tape measure must be used around the outer walls of the building.
To measure the approximate size of a more complex building design you can use the method below:
1. Split the building into smaller areas
2. Pace the outer walls of the building
3. Work out the size of each area in meters e.g., 2m x 3m
4. Multiply the length of the walls to work out the square meter area of the building e.g., 2m x 3m = 6m²
5. Complete this caluclation for each area of the building and then add the square meter areas together to give the total square meter measurement
In the case of more complex designs it is easier to send us an approximate square meter size than the individual measurements of each wall. The equation to calculate the square meter size is above.
If this is not practical for you please send a hand drawn image with measurements along each wall and we will calculate the square meter size for you. Pictures/ drawings can be emailed to email@example.com or faxed to +27 (0)86 531 6591.
How do I measure the size of a rondavel?
A ronadavel (or round building) is slightly more difficult to measure but can be worked out by using the diameter of the building. You can pace the diameter on the inside of the rondavel (from the widest point to the widest point) then add 50cm to allow for the thickness of the walls (see below diagram).
If you would like to work out the square meter size of a rondavel you need to use the equation π r ² (see below example).
3 steps + 50cm = 3.5m diameter
Radius is diameter divided by 2 so r = 1.75m
π x 1.75²
π x (1.75 x 1.75)
π x 3.0625
3.14159... x 3.0625