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  • Profile photo of TerrywTerryw
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    I am going to be bulding a new house soon and would like to attempt some rough floor plans and designs.

    Does anyone know of any good computer programs for this sort of thing?

    Terryw
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    Hi Terry,

    Depending on the detail you would like, there is a huge range of Software Packages available. A relatively basic package, from stores such as Harvey Norman, should set you back approximately $100. These should give you a rough idea on how the finished product will look from different elevations etc..

    From there you can go up, up and away into the thousands and purchase a CAD Based pacakage which Architects and Property Designers use. These can give you an indication of how the finished product will look when completed, furnished and landscaped.

    I’ve tried a few of the basic packages, and for me they still leave a lot to the imagination, therefore I am now looking for something new.

    If you have a look at the following web site, you should be able to find something suitable to your requirements and budget.

    http://www.cad.com.au

    I’d also recommend purchasing Microsoft Project, if you are looking to spread your wings into Project Management or Propert Development at a later date. Some Architects and Propety Designers use this to forecast and oversee their expenses prior to, and during a build.

    I hope this helps……

    All the Best,

    Mark.[strum]

    Profile photo of TerrywTerryw
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    Thanks very much Mark

    that site is just what I needed.

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    Try also here
    download a demo
    you can use for 30 days
    http://www.homeplanpro.com/index.html

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    Thanks Kaloni

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    Hi Terry, where you thinking of building, Japan or Thailand?

    C2

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    Hi Terry & Others,

    The March edition of Netguide has a programme on the disc called “3D Home Architect”. It is free and is a superb programme, easy to operate and seems to have everything one needs.

    Regards,
    Forklift.

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    Thanks Forlift. Will look for that.

    C2, am building in Thailand soon. Wife is building in Japan soon also.

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    Thanks Forklift,

    Will go and check it out. [biggrin]

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    I have been using one called Sketchup which I find ok. It’s basically a 3D application and takes a bit to get into but like everything, once you get into it, becomes easier. I have used it to make up potential improvements to my place.

    Just got an update yesterday and they have put a free version affiliated with Google on the net. They also can link with Google-Earth which is an interesting twist but havn’t tried that yet.

    worth a look!

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    Hi Terry,
    I recently thoroughly researched a few programs for drawing and designing property plans etc and would not go past this one.

    http://www.chiefaustralia.com.au/products.asp

    There are a lot of different products here that go right down to some very basic ones and you’re sure to find one that suits your needs. And they are also compatible with their other products if you later want to update to a better one. For import file support and other features etc.

    Also a healthy forum, which you will inevitably need to ask questions on, to other fellow user, which is very handy.

    When trying these products there are a few things I look for. The simple things are if the help files are actually easy to understand and helpful. A lot of them are not, then the ease of use in functionality and then what the quality of the picture it makes is.

    Chief Architect exceeded my expectations it’s just a great program and well setout for the layman to understand.

    I still need to go through and learn lot’s more in this program and looking forward to progressively learning it over time and when I get more time.

    Depending on how advanced you want to get this offers it all and starting from the very basic’s for people that may not know a lot about it.

    Also trials and demo’s for free.

    I was very impressed with this product after having used a lot of different programs for lot’s of different purposes over the last few years.

    Though you may be looking for a simple free one for just one application?

    Jaffasoft

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    Hi Terry,

    Thailand and Japan will keep you both busy. Can you send a message to my private address to touch base.

    thanks

    C2

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