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Old 06-04-2015, 04:15 AM
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I'm looking for a "home design software". Can anyone recommend one? I would like it to do floor plans and roof (rafter) designs. I would tell it the style of roof i want (gable end or cottage/hip roof) and it would show the framing necessary to construct it: eg hips, valleys and jacks. I would like it to do a material take off as well. I know it is possible to do in "SketchUp" but it seems unnecessarily complicated (too much of a learning curve). Has anyone had any experience with this type of software that you could recommend ?
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:27 AM
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I've been out of the loop for a while but autocad, revvit, and sketchup all would work. Sketchup would be the easiest and cheapest I think.
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Is sketch up google sketch?

I have a friend in architecture school who swears by google sketch, and some of the prints he has shown me are impressive.
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:25 AM
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Is sketch up google sketch? I have a friend in architecture school who swears by google sketch, and some of the prints he has shown me are impressive.
Never heard of Google sketch but he's probably referring to google sketch up.
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Old 06-04-2015, 06:00 AM
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A program to draw lines is one thing.
Sounds like he wants a program that will design it all for him with his desires typed in to a command line.
I do not know of such a cad program.
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I used Chief Architect Home Designers Essential to design our new detached garage/workshop and produce the 3D renderings I needed to submit for HOA approval. The interesting thing was that the architect/engineer that created the 'real' engineering blueprints used the 'professional' version of Chief Architect and he was able to directly use my data file in his software. Therefore, for better or worse, our garage is EXACTLY how I designed it. Except for areas where the contractors screwed up (like having 8'6" tall garage doors instead of 8' tall).
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I have used the free version of Google Sketch Up for years to design stuff. It was best on designing homes. Very quickly I found it very limited. Perhaps that is my fault, as I never learned how to import other features.

As an example, I don't think Google Sketch Up even offered barrel tile roofs. To simulate this, I would use the floor tile feature on the roof! Another example- I did not like the floors, so I used some type of window covering instead to simulate the flooring I really wanted.

Maybe the pro version is better.

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Old 06-04-2015, 10:52 AM
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I used Chief Architect Home Designers Essential to design our new detached garage/workshop and produce the 3D renderings I needed to submit for HOA approval. The interesting thing was that the architect/engineer that created the 'real' engineering blueprints used the 'professional' version of Chief Architect and he was able to directly use my data file in his software. Therefore, for better or worse, our garage is EXACTLY how I designed it. Except for areas where the contractors screwed up (like having 8'6" tall garage doors instead of 8' tall).
I use the professional version. It has a little bit of a leaning curve. I would imagine essential would be very user friendly.
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If you are asking this question stay away from Revit, it is just way more than what you need. It is awesome for sure if you are an architect. I know a lot of architects actually use google sketch up, I never have but I am sure it would work for what you are doing. I like autocad, but I know how to use it and have a copy of the software, but it just draws lines, doesn't help you design anything.
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I second Chief Architect. You can download a free trial version that has a lot of functionality.
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I am not aware of a program that will do all the OP has asked it to do. Been an architect for 30 years now, use auto cad lt, and admittedly have not stayed on top of the new software out there. If it is let me know!
I do have many clients though that think the software is what does the work of designing stuff. If I had a buck for every time a client says "just tell the computer to figure it out" I'd be cruising in a contender 48 pulled by a custom Rav4.
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I am not aware of a program that will do all the OP has asked it to do. Been an architect for 30 years now, use auto cad lt, and admittedly have not stayed on top of the new software out there. If it is let me know!
I do have many clients though that think the software is what does the work of designing stuff. If I had a buck for every time a client says "just tell the computer to figure it out" I'd be cruising in a contender 48 pulled by a custom Rav4.
Ain't that the truth!

I tell them that CAD stands for "Computer Aided Drawing"
NOT "Computer Aided Designing".
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