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buke01bb

01:59AM | 10/27/02
Member Since: 10/25/02
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I'm looking to purchase a home designer/layout software package. Is there a software program that someone would recommend? I'm trying to find something easy to use that can do simple blueprints, electrical and plumbing designs, (possibly landscping) and estimates on materials and costs.

Piffin

04:38PM | 11/07/02
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
You don't say if you are a professional or a DIY/homeowner.
I use Softplan in my design/build work. It is one of the best - well, it's the best for me.

I've heard good things about Chief Architect, ACAD lite, Vectorworks, and some others. These are all in price range above a thousand dollars.

Chief has a junior version called 3D HomeArchitect that can be found for under about forty bucks that saisfies a lot of folks.

Here is a link to another discussion that also contains other valuable links and information http://forums.taunton.com/tp-breaktime/messages?msg=23758.1

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