Digital, CAD, Architectural, Cottage

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by BNBN, Jan 21, 2005.

  1. BNBN

    BNBN Guest

    I have taken digital photographs of a cottage I wish to renovate and add

    The extensions would include new room additions, alteration of one part of
    the roof line, making a flat roof-deck with living space beneath, large
    sundecks, and interior design.

    The existing cottage is simplicity itself, but it is located cliff-side on a
    non-standard lot (uneven terrain, large boulders, conglomerate rock
    foundation, large trees).

    RE building code etc., the cottage is located in BC Canada, but this is not
    so important to me at this stage.

    Local retailers sell 'Punch,' and 'Better Homes and Gardens' CAD software,
    but they seem to know very little about the programs vis a vis my

    My question is this: What is best CAD (computer aided design) program for a
    home-owner to manipulate digital images with a view to additions,
    renovations, and extensions?

    Thank you

    BNBN, Jan 21, 2005
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  2. Find a good sized architectural school and check in their bookstore.
    Joseph Meehan, Jan 21, 2005
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  3. BNBN

    bob Guest

    Hi Bill,

    I went through that process in putting an addition on our house. I used
    photoshop to maniuplate the images, and a drafting pencil to draw the
    addition. All the good CAD software is pretty pricy for a one-off deal.
    The consumer oriented stuff I bought couldn't handle anything out of the

    I used Illustrator to draw the plans.

    The various contractors I've delt with have all ended up using the (very
    detailed) plans as a rough guide anyway, and built whatever they felt
    like. If you really want it built a certain way, it seems the only way to
    get there is to babysit.

    bob, Jan 21, 2005
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