09:54AM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 03/21/04
171 lifetime posts
why not buy a CAD program for house design to aid you in the remodel. you can lay out the rooms, change things around and see 3 d views of what you are designing. Just a thought.




04:14PM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
K2, the program I use for laying out floor plans and even fairly complicated construction drawings is Visio Pro. It also serves for a lot of other drawing uses. If you are curious of what it can do, I can email you some plans in Acrobat that were done on Visio. Very precise scaled drawings, and fairly easy to use. I also have AutoCad 2000, but rarely use it. The home plan programs are generally too imprecise to render construction drawings.


06:28AM | 12/07/04
Member Since: 11/17/04
45 lifetime posts
I have the Sierra home and garden didn't cost me much but was going to try and figure it there an easier one??


10:17AM | 12/07/04
The version of Visio I have allows for accurate site plans to be drawn in 2D, but does not provide for that walk-through or fly-over experience if that is what you are looking for. Visio allows you to enter the vectors and distances from your plot plan (those numbers like N 74 21'10" E 561 feet, N 20 7' 30" E 271 feet, etc to form at least 4 corners). It also allows you to put in different symbols for plants, fences buildings etc. 2D is always better for planning, but the 3D is nice to visualize.

I don't find any of the 3D programs especially easy to use, and they are somewhat inflexible about topography. I used to use Punch Software Architect which has a really good landscaping module, but it never did an accurate plat plan and for the effort, simply was not worth it.

BTW K2, I emailed you some sample plans. Let me know what you think.
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