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    Easy House Plans

    Hi all.

    Everyone wants different things in there homes. It is very simple to design you own house, no fancy CAD programs, just the good old XL spread sheet.

    Its simple, like me, set the cells A to Z, .50 wide (that is point 50) and the cells 1 to whatever at 4.50, (four point five high). This will give you a square, or that close it does not matter.

    Everyone has lived somewhere and something about your home was just not quite right, you wished that one room was slightly bigger, or the windows were to big or small, power points were in the wrong place for what you wanted or there were not enough of them. Work out what size rooms you want, and just use the outside border thingiiiiiiii in the top right hand side of the screen, instant house.

    If you want to get really fancy, you can use the drawing part of XL and then you can move your rooms around and change them however you want. You can put furniture in to see how it fits your size rooms and place the power points and light switches in the correct place. Put the windows and doors in with the furniture you would like, it’s so easy. It’s all in XL.

    I do it all the time; I cannot use the CAD programs at all, so I find this is very easy. The XL spread sheet is 256 columns wide, this gives you 25.6 metres, using each square as 100mm. The height or length is kilometers. I have had to joint 8 XL sheet together to do a drawing, but you need another program to do this.

    I treat each square as 100mm, this gives you everything you need to design your home and take it to an architect to have it drawn, and you can even put all the measurements on it.

    If you do not know how to do this and are interested, I am more than happy to show you an example, just email me and I will send it to you, with furniture, measurements and power points.

    rgk-karts[at]bigpond.com

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    is this spam?

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    Probably. What's this XLarge thing he's talking about? Most people use Excel as a spreadsheet...

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    Sorry, I was only trying to help

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    Cavity Walls/EXCEL Spread Sheet

    Is anyone building their home with cavity walls? Is there any way to post a spreadsheet on here?

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    Convert the XL sheet to a pdf document or convert to a jpg? Then post

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    Post PDF

    Thank you Hino for your help, I have converted them, but have no idea how to post PDF.

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    It sounds fairly straightforward, but it also looks a liitle primitive compared to CAD

    what is the point, maybe just a drawing would be good enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maily
    but have no idea how to post PDF
    You can't, hence...

    Quote Originally Posted by HINO
    convert to a jpg
    That'll work.

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    It is primative compared to CAD, but how many people are equiped to draw everything in CAD, This you can do very simple, and make your home look how you want it so that everything you want to put in it fits.

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    Or just use this - it's easy.

    Google SketchUp

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    I send to you web site Marmite, is ok?

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    Cool Attachments

    Quote Originally Posted by maily View Post
    Thank you Hino for your help, I have converted them, but have no idea how to post PDF.
    From the FAQ section:

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    ^ The FAQs appear to be wrong.

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    faqing wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by HINO
    The administrator may allow you to use the attachment feature of this forum,
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    The FAQs appear to be wrong.
    Looks correct to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    The administrator may
    Or may not.

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Looks correct to me
    Fair enough.

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    Tried Sketchup, for my computor ability and knowledge, I find it too hard to learn.

    Tor-poot -tou

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    I also tried Sketch and I find using Chief Architect easier

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    Hi HINO, I have a friend who does a lot of factory layout plans who also uses that program. Now he uses EXCEL to do all the initial stuff.

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    I do a lot of work with Illustrator and Photoshop, although I don't use all their features. Do you think it would be difficult for me to use Sketchup or chief Architect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithson
    Do you think it would be difficult for me to use Sketchup or chief Architect?
    To be perfectly honest, I found it easier to use Photoshop.

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    EXCEL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Smithson
    Do you think it would be difficult for me to use Sketchup or chief Architect?
    To be perfectly honest, I found it easier to use Photoshop.
    Yeah, I've just downloaded the Sketch up and doesn't look that easy. Although it would probably help if I tried the tutorial.

    I can't use excel and am no good at accounting.

    For plans Illustrator is really good, but it's not 3D. For floor plans it's perfect though, because you've got the rulers along the top, just do everything in 1:100.

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    I use a paper and pencil, also a ruler, sometimes an eraser

    very flexible and easily done

    after finalising the drawings, I get a guy to put them onto CD for the planning stage

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