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I am going to try my best to explain my confusion in hopes someone will be able to help. I have built a house on Chief architect design. It records the house as being 2765 sf. I thought this was strange because I looked at a plan of a Australian floor plan of a house that was 400 sq f. Both houses, the one I built and the australian floor plan house have the same numbers of rooms. Now I understand that its about the size of the room. My rooms are pretty much all the same size as this house. So I opened a new floor plan and draw a space that was 400 sq ft and it was tiny. I used the interior decorating tool to place furniture in the area and all i could fit was one a few items before it was full. Which doesn't at all make sense. I am starting to think that 2765 ft in American terms may be different to Australian sq f. Because this isn't making sense. I tried again, and I though okay I will draw my garage and put two of the cars on the cheif design in the space. The program told me that, that space was 400 sq ft. My entire house that I live in currently in Australia is 670 sq ft. So how it is possible that one garage can be 400sq ft on the program when in real life I know its not. Am I missing something. Am I not converting right? Someone please help cause this is driving my partner and I crazy and we know some thinks not right. This is out first time using the program. 

 

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Could you be confusing square feet with square meters?

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Check to see what unit measure is set as default for both plans (Like Glenn said-imperial or metric), that could explain the aparent paradox due to two different measureing units. Check and see please.

 

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Due to the economic crisis in the U.S. we have been downsizing and therefore a 400 s.f. house in the us is all that we can afford to build. Most families are sleeping in one room, vertically. Our cars have also gotten much smaller so most garages are barely bigger than a bread box. I primarily travel by skateboard or when traveling long distance I throw a net over flocks of seagulls and hope to be pulled in the general direction of my destination.

 

Or, refer to Glenn's post.

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Australian House plans will be in square meters , and 400 sq.m  (4300 sqft)  is a large house 

 

A square foot is a square foot , no matter your location in the world , so like the others I think your looked at a 400 sqm aussie plan not a 400 sqft plan , 400 sqft would make a good double garage if a bit small at only 6mx6m 

 

this converter may help http://www.metric-conversions.org/area/square-meters-to-square-feet.htm

 

 you are in Oz so you should be drawing your plans using the Metric Templates not the imperial ones as they can't be changed 1/2 way thru , though you can make Chief display both if needed

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