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Old 05-03-2007, 03:47 PM   #1
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I'm doing some basic remodeling, new kitchen/bathroom, all new windows. I talked to the inspector and he says they'll need to see drawings of the house.

I'm going to try and draft something up in autocad but was wondering if someone can recommend some software that's free/cheap to make a quick job of just drawing out a floor plan, and simple elevation diagram of the exterior windows. I don't need architectural quality... just something to satisfy zoning. Thanks!

I still need to call the city and see if they happen to have the original drawings on file from 1958... what do you think the chances of that are?

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Old 05-04-2007, 10:39 AM   #2
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I spent approx $20 bucks on a drawing software before I was doing my basement... end up it is a pure crap and I did it by hand at the end and is good enough... I do see one of the guy who post here have very nice software see this thread:

can a newbie finish a basement...

contact the author, he seems to have a nice software...

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Old 05-04-2007, 11:40 AM   #3
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I have 3-D Home Architecht. I realise it is more program than you need, but it was inexpensive (under $100 if I remember correctly), and it should work for what you want to do. It is a bit complicated and has an instruction booklet that looks like War and Peace, but you can do alot with it. Good luck.
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I've done free trials of about a dozen titles. The easy to use ones are for planning where to put your couch... and the big titles are for architects...grrr.

someone has to have something they used??? yeah I could draw it up on paper but I'm likely to screw it all up that way. pc is more forgiving.
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Google "Sketchup". They have a free download version that seems pretty cool. The price is definitely right.
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I'm doing some basic remodeling, new kitchen/bathroom, all new windows. I talked to the inspector and he says they'll need to see drawings of the house.

I'm going to try and draft something up in autocad but was wondering if someone can recommend some software that's free/cheap to make a quick job of just drawing out a floor plan, and simple elevation diagram of the exterior windows. I don't need architectural quality... just something to satisfy zoning. Thanks!

I still need to call the city and see if they happen to have the original drawings on file from 1958... what do you think the chances of that are?

I bought the Better Homes and Gardens Interior Designer software from Sams Club on clearance for about $20. Not much of a learning curve and it is really pretty powerful. I used it for all my floor planning. Does nice 3D redering too. You can probably pick it up from your favorite auction site for a few bucks.

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i have the 3d home architect from target for like 35 bucks...its ok i guess, i havent had much time with it, but its not my fav.
the best i ever used was Chief Architect. that was some awesome software that I got an older copy of my an ex's dad. The negative to it is that back then, it was about 800 bucks for a copy.
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i have the 3d home architect from target for like 35 bucks...its ok i guess, i havent had much time with it, but its not my fav.
the best i ever used was Chief Architect. that was some awesome software that I got an older copy of my an ex's dad. The negative to it is that back then, it was about 800 bucks for a copy.
The BH & G is actually a stripped down version of Chief Architect. It has more than enough power/features for most DIYers though. I bought their Landscaping and Deck Designer too, but that project is still down the road.

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I'm playing with smartdraw.com, very neat program, does all sorts of layouts.
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I'd like to find something also ... but all the pros use cad ..so what's out there that a diy can use, that can be converted successfully to cad? ie: I draw it up on my easy to use cheap software and hand that file to a pro for making a full set of drawings in cad for handing out to get bids. Or am I better off doing it by hand and letting them scan in what I put on vellum?
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it depends what you need... I don't want "blueprints" or a "schematic" which is best left upto a pro, an architect or something....

I just need a simple layout of where my new kitchen/bathroom outlets will be for the zoning board to approve. They don't want a construction blueprint (I mean, they don't want me to spend a few grand to get one made up). I'm just going to measure the walls and import that info into SmartDraw, throw my outlets on there, and that's all I'll need as far as zoning is concerned...
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sorry -- guess I'm hijacking your thread .. I apologize .. I need to build an entire house that I'm going to spec out. But I need a good pro set of plans for builders to bid on.

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