Anyone using free floorplan software?

oemicsJune 15, 2013
I would love to play around with designing our addition with software instead of redrawing everything with pen and paper. Anyone have any suggestions for free floorplan software that is user friendly and intuitive to use?
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dalma darling
Are you creating the design yourself or with an architect / designer?
    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 12:00PM
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We talked briefly with an architect. I thought I'd play around with some ideas before we meet again with the architect/builder.
    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 8:07PM
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Sketchup is free to download. However, all the amateur architectural programs take a long time before one can use them effectively. I would suggest rather use of a basic graph paper plan with multiple transparent overlays to sketch ideas. It is actually faster than learning and using the various programs - within your immediate time frame.

That said, I work with Punch Chief Architect - an amateur's program which is now ten years old and I'm still learning. It also helps that my grandfather was an architect, my mother worked for a builder, my brother's an architect and there are some basic minimum measurements that one takes for granted with that background.

There are also engineering issues that these programs do not reflect - as are reflected by the much more sophisticated programs that architects use.
    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 9:43PM
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This is for room by room planning rather than floor by floor !
Hope that helps - small steps still get you there - with time to enjoy the view on the way !
    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 12:50AM
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