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Old 11-30-2009, 12:14 PM   #1
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Looking for some type of software (preferrably freeware) that will allow me to create basic floor plans for bathroom remodels and such. I've seen a lot of threads here where you guys show diagrams of your current floorplans or future floorplans and I'd like to be able to do taht for a couple of projects I have planned. Just wondering what you guys use to do this?

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Old 11-30-2009, 01:16 PM   #2
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For free ... google sketchup, just download it.... http://sketchup.google.com/ it's not specifically for floor plans/architectural stuff but a lot of people do some really nice stuff with it...it will take some time to learn...like every other software.

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Sometimes I use Adobe Illustrator, which is the opposite extreme of freeware, but I have it for work.

Usually I just use graph paper and a pencil, but sometimes I use white paper with a ruler and a square. I really enjoy the process of drawing by hand, and I think it helps me understand the space better.

I use Illustrator to make an "as-is" plan that I can sketch ideas on, and I've used it to prepare wiring diagrams for electricians to work from. Software is also handy for laying out cabinets or furniture.
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Not exactly for floorplans and not free, BUT you may already have it. Excel! Set up you squares to the size you want and then you can freestyle from there. I have used it for making hobby furniture, etc.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I've spent the last few days trying different things including Sketchup. (Which was pretty complicated for me to figure out. Good for building boxes but not necessarily for floor plans.

Best thing I've tried so far was Project Dragonfly from Autodesk. It's online so you don't have to download anything. And it's free so you can save your designs. I was pretty happy with this so far.

http://dragonfly.autodesk.com/home
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Speed, That looks like a GREAT program. Will have to play with it some more when I get home. (can you image they actually want me to WORK TOO, I am already here! ) LOL

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