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1. A construction plan. It is called a blueprint because it historically has been printed on blue paper with white lines.

2. In photography, a copy of a periodical printed before final editing in which images are shown on blue paper.

3. Informal, a plan.


A detailed set of plans used as a guide for construction.Because of the economies of a very inexpensive method of creating and copying such plans, they were formerly characterized by white lines on blue paper.

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Upstairs is one large openplan hall, incorporating a fully-equipped kitchen, with a medieval-style dining area and lounge.
There is very much an openplan feeling to the living accommodation that creates a very airy and pleasant living space.
A bright and airy entrance hall, with stripped wood flooring, offers access to the reception rooms, which include an openplan lounge complete with a contemporary hole-in-the-wall fireplace and a formal dining room which has a feature fireplace.
The smart designer kitchen has hi-gloss black units and oak worktops, and is next door to the family dining room, an openplan space to the sun room beyond.
The extended property includes an entrance hallway, cloakroom, living room with multi-fuel stove, openplan kitchen, family room and dining room with access to the back garden.
The premises in Lord Street North, Southport, will be turned into a new "main" style openplan branch, with longer opening hours for customers.
The interior of the Crown is openplan for the most part, with a dining area to the left and a traditional area to the right with wall-backed benches.
Inside the property is an openplan living area which leads into the stunning kitchen.
The cocktail bar is openplan, leading to the main dining area, which seats 60Who drinks here?
Ideal for modern family life, this stylish property also has an openplan sitting room, dining area and kitchen to the rear.
He said: "We were in the perfect spot for moving staff to a central site and we had a modern, openplan office we could offer that was part of the government estate and the timing was perfect.
The stunning openplan dining kitchen is fully fitted with modern units, granite work tops, integrated appliances and a central breakfast island.