Good Home Construction Software - Building & Construction - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-13-2008, 10:47 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 5
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Good home construction software


I'm about to build my house (never built anything before), and I'm looking for good software to design everything.

I've tried Google Sketch-Up, which is a good general 3d design program, but it's tedious to draw each component from scratch, and there are no physics features, like calculating loads.

My web searching turned up Punch as the most popular, but either I'm missing something, or it just pretends to be for professionals - I couldn't find a way to work with individual components, like a basic 2x4, only large abstract units like "wall" and "roof", almost as if it was for interior decorating or other layman purpose.

I want to be able to create a detailed design, from footings, piers, slabs, and foundation walls, up through mudsill, framed walls, posts, girders, floor joists, roof joists, rafters, ridge board, and sheathing - enough to know exactly what to buy and where it goes, like blueprints.

Any suggestions?

Advertisement

odigity is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2008, 06:59 AM   #2
Whatamess
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Costa Rica
Posts: 423
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Good home construction software


Learning to use a CAD program takes a lot of training and practice.

Advertisement

__________________
I may go home hungry, but not tired and hungry.
TazinCR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2008, 07:17 AM   #3
Mold!! Let's kill it!
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,849
Rewards Points: 2,012
Default

Good home construction software


I can tell you that Punch pro platinum will draw pretty pictures, IF you have plenty of patience. It will NOT provide any technical construction info and is a pain in the @$$ to learn to use.
Maintenance 6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2008, 09:42 AM   #4
Registered User
 
Termite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 6,520
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Good home construction software


Those programs will draw pictures but won't help with methods, materials, engineering, or anything else.

This is why architects exist. If there were a program that would do all that, they wouldn't be needed as much.
Termite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2008, 10:08 AM   #5
Extreme DIY'r Adk's, NY
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 293
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Good home construction software


Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer is made by Chief Architect.

Chief pro version is very powerful, Ive used it. It is not quite Revit (probably the most popular professional Architects program) but is a about $2k (plus if you buy the training cds). There are several others in the $1500 range, some more geared towards estimating, Chiefs strong points I feel are rendering and ray tracing.

That bring said, Home Designer can do framing, material lists and estimates. I used this version previous to Chief Pro. It was pretty powerful for the price. I got frustrated trying to fudge some complicated roofs that it wouldnt quite do correctly. Being an engineer, this was not acceptable to me. Ive never used Punch but I know others that have and I have seen work done on it. From that, I would say Home Designer is more powerful, but who knows.

I have been using CAD programs for 20 years and it still takes time to learn a new program. Just when you think you're getting good, a new project comes along that needs a function you've never used. You have to be a good problem solver and like challenges or you'll get no where. Learning the software can become a project in itself. Would you get more mileage from a vocational class or a good framing book? Maybe also buying the IBC books?

good luck
crecore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2008, 12:53 PM   #6
Mechanical Engineer
 
comp1911's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Northern Minnesota
Posts: 164
Rewards Points: 150
Default

Good home construction software


Although I can use a few different CAD programs, I'm not that proficient at it. So I hired a draftsman to help me with the drawings of my house. For me this was well worth the $500.00 since we got a lot of details and I got my moneys worth in the time he spent on it.

Advertisement

comp1911 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Owning a home (not a mobile home) on leased land? Badfish740 Off Topic 11 03-30-2008 10:34 AM
Need help with new home construction nightmare dissatisfiedhomebuyer General DIY Discussions 7 12-28-2007 01:57 PM
Pay GC to construct home and finish it myself? L O N G . . . Badfish740 Off Topic 9 07-27-2007 09:44 AM
do it yourself home construction toby72 Building & Construction 4 06-20-2006 12:32 PM
A facelift for your home Grumpy Remodeling 0 07-07-2004 08:43 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts