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    Free house plan software

    Years ago I purchased some software to create house/floor plans..

    Now I've lost that software when my computer crashed

    I see that some TD members have posted their house/floor plans. What software are you using? Do you have a download link? Free/trial download??

    Thanks

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    It really depends on your ability as to which program to recommend.

    If you have some experienced in CAD, the best is:
    ArchiCAD 12 - https://trialregistration.graphisoft.com/
    * An advantage is its a simple download. The ArchiCAD trial is particularly good as there are extensive training materials included.

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    If your experienced with AutoCAD and want to create 3D models try Revit Architecture. If you have little or no experience start with either AutoCAD 2009, or AutoCAD Architecture 2009.
    * you have to order an wait for them to ship you a demo (or visit my office ;-)

    Of course another option is to try Limewire or head on down to Pantip Plaza.

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    Oh and of course there's Google Sketch Up, but presumed you would have found that one already.

    Google SketchUp

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    If all else fails and you want something simple and FREE, MS Excel

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    I use MS office Visio 2003. I'm a duffer with computers, so If I find it easy to use Visio then anybody can use it. I would post some of my work but I don't think I have enough posts to do that, anyway wouldn't know how to post the pic's. can any of you computer experts help?

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    I can recommend Chief Architect even for a beginner it only took me a few days to get the hang of it. I never used this type of program before. A good working copy at the software shop in Tukcom Pattaya for about 300 baht.

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    if i had no idea about CAD then i would use visio or excel, as these are the easiest to pick up and play.
    sketchup is also easy and 3D.
    autoCAD and ArchiCAD are special products and take time to get to grips with.
    ive been using ArichiCAD for 5 years now and still learning things about it

    but im a slow learner

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    I've used Skethup before, and initially I used a pencil and a sheet of paper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    initially I used a pencil and a sheet of paper!
    old skool eh?

    have tried everywhere but its getting increasingly difficult to get hold of pencil and paper nowadays

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    Quote Originally Posted by splitlid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    initially I used a pencil and a sheet of paper!
    old skool eh?

    have tried everywhere but its getting increasingly difficult to get hold of pencil and paper nowadays
    Not to mention stone tablets and chisels.....

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    Try Sweet home 3d. free software
    Can be found using Google search

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaviar View Post
    ......, anyway wouldn't know how to post the pics. can any of you computer experts help?



    Kaviar ....

    This is what I always do and then steveyourgreatnessandworthyone steps in and says I'm too complex. But it works.

    1. Open a Photobucket Account.

    2. Upload your picture to Photobucket.

    3. IN Photobucket double click your photo to make it big . Go into the photo and Right Click.

    4. In the options click " Copy Image URL " .

    5. Now forget about Photobucket . Go to Teakdoor and open a New Message box.

    6. At the top you'll see a Postcard with two mountains and a stamp . Click that .

    7. It will open and it will have http:// highlighted in blue . Press Delete . And now Press Ctrl/V together and it will paste the URL for your picture . Press OK

    8. Now write your message . You'll see a string of writing already there . that's your photo . When you press Submit Reply you'll see your message and your photo .





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    I would never use house plan software. If you've got a little bit of sense it's easy enough (imho) to plan using pen, paper and your brain. You don't have to be an architect to design a functional and beautiful house.

    After you've got a few sketches either go to an architect or use specialized software to fabricate drawings and/or artist impressions.

    Just my 2 cents

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    Ignore this .

    It's an accident.

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    ^

    OK

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    My house was drawn up on pen and paper, we did play with some house plan software but found it easier to just draw it. Sent it by email to an architect in LOS, can't remember the cost, but it was cheap, about b3,000 I think. Got full size plans and the house is looking good so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKKBILL View Post
    ^

    OK


    You didn't ignore it !!!!!

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