View Full Version : What software for a building design??

11-29-2011, 06:50 PM
hi all, I'm trying to design a house extension, I need to do some basic plans to show an architect what I have in mind..nothing too fancy just line drawings with size and icons for doors etc..is there an app or software that is pretty idiot proof, I don't want to spend a lot as its a one off , just thought it might be a bit of fun doing it this way rather than using piles of paper.....thanks

11-29-2011, 07:26 PM
Not sure how crazy you would want to go, but I like Google SketchUp for modeling our trade show booths and such. It's free and not super hard to learn. I used a lot of Youtube at the beginning to get a hang at it. Once you have your model, you can showcase everything in 3D or export images from different angles.

Google SketchUp (http://sketchup.google.com/)
Getting started with Google SketchUp - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsfH_cyXa1o)

Hope that helps and good luck :-)

11-29-2011, 07:32 PM
thanks , I will go and see what its like..3D sounds good but probably way over my head as I have never done this sort of thing before..any other options ??

11-29-2011, 07:43 PM
Sweethome 3D is free, opensource and runs on Lion. It is drag and drop and can be as simple or complex as you need it to be. I used it on Linux before I switched to Mac. Here is the link.

Sweet Home 3D (http://www.sweethome3d.com/index.jsp)


11-29-2011, 10:27 PM
is there a 2D floor plan option anywhere..all these 3D are just too involved for what I need..

11-30-2011, 07:46 PM
Try OmniGraffle - not free, but has a 14 day trial version:
OmniGraffle for Mac - Products - The Omni Group (http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnigraffle/)

It's the "Visio" Microsoft always wanted to develop ;-) Have used it in the past and think it's a great app. Easy to wrap your head around and draw in 2D.