Common Remodeling Design Software

Computer aided programs or design software are most widely utilized tools in the remodeling industry. These tools aid professionals to view the project during the conceptual stages. The three design software commonly used to visualize what the project will look like when complete, are mentioned below:

 

Common Remodeling Design Software 1

 

SketchUp

 

 

This design software is a user friendly application that helps in learning the tricks to create 3D models of houses, home additions, decks, and woodworking projects. Free to download from Google, this software is simple to use and is a good option for new designers starting on the drawing business. With SketchUp users can add textures, details, and glass to their models. It renders accuracy to the design, and helps in placing the complete final models in Google Earth. Sharing designs by posting them to the 3D Warehouse or printing hard copies is also possible with SketchUp. Besides, it is also a god way of discovering whether 3D modeling is suited for you or not. Some of the basic tools included in SketchUp are:

 

  • Drawing as well as modifying varied kinds of geometrical figures possible
  • Has the Offset function and intersection among others
  • Can calculate dimension, area, and length
  • Has protractor, layers, tape measure, and section slice

 

 

 

With the help of SketchUp users can:

 

  • Draw, modify, rotate, measure, and scale geometry
  • Place section slices to visualize and work on model interiors
  • Add pre-made textures to models, or generate new models
  • Add pre-made elements like trees, doors & windows, cars, and people to models, or develop new components
  • Soften as well as smooth faces
  • Cast real-time shadows for any location on earth
  • Simulate movie camera placements
  • Perform walk-through
  • Develop presentation tours
  • Import 2D images like .jpg, .tif, .png, .bmp, .tga, and 3D models like .3ds, .ddf, .dem, .dwg, .dxf, .skp, etc.
  • Export models to Google Earth
  • Export 2D images of models such as .jpg, .png, .bmp, .tif, etc.

Chief Architect

 

Chief Architect Software is highly recommended for engineers, architects, and construction companies. It is a publisher of 3D Architectural home design software and for professionals the Chief Architect software product line is strongly suggested. For the consumer DIY home design market, the Home Designer product line is available. Since both the product lines go well together, it allows professionals and home owners to interact easily. Its versatility enables it to be employed effectively in residential, institutional, commercial, and hospitality sectors.

 

Unlike other comparable software, this software does not demand much computer experience as it is very intuitive. Helpful training tools and videos are available for beginners. Whenever a problem arises, the technical support department immediately takes care of it. This line of software has various other components specified for each particular use. The software can assist in the following ways:

 

  • Align and distribute objects
  • Arrange wall elevation views
  • Analysis of interference
  • Create material take-offs
  • Code checks analysis
  • Calculate square feet and lineal feet
  • Create an opening between two rooms or draw half walls
  • Develop 2D and 3D rendering images
  • Develop animated walk-throughs
  • Define multiple dimension styles
  • Generate center swing double-doors
  • Prepare materials list
  • Prepare cost estimated
  • Re-build deck framing automatically

 

SoftPlan

 

SoftPlan draws with scaled components, walls, beams, joists, etc., and does not use lines representing items. This design software understands technical and commonly used building terms like walls, footings, and various other building members. It is ideal for renovations, extensions, kitchen/ bathroom, decking and pergola construction. It does not use tabular input system and instead utilizes a 'Picture-torial Estimating System'. It can be used for the following functions:

 

  • Create full 3D image rendering with light sources, shadows and reflections
  • Present realistic images including object placement
  • View 3D images from any angle inside or out
  • Simulate sun’s shadow effects for enhanced designing
  • Complete house design with materials and images
  • Drawing can be viewed, printed (with permission) and commented by anybody
  • Develop detailed estimate of materials, including labor and waste
  • Site Plan mode will create a footprint of the construction on the site
  • Voice activated control software
  • Use it to generate outlines. Indicate services like power, water, telephone, etc., along with contours and building setbacks

 

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