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Old 06-06-2002, 11:06 AM
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has anybody ever used one of those home plan software programs from office depot etc. If so which brand and what was the reults.
 
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Old 06-06-2002, 11:26 AM
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I have one made by Punch. These are great programs to give you some ideas. They will show floor plans, elevations, 3-D views, etc., etc., etc. But, they are only good for getting ideas and representations. If you plan to build anything major (house, addition), you will need to take the ideas/plans from this program to an architect/builder to get a full set of useable plans.
 
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Old 06-06-2002, 12:07 PM
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It depends on what your interests are. If you are looking to kick around some ideas for a new deck or kitchen, they're great. If you are looking to make plan changes, design a big addition, or to design a house, they suck. Besides, if you are in the latter catagory, I'd really recommend you consult a professional (and this doesn't necessarily include a design/build contractor) to keep things from getting royally screwed up. Whatcha looking to do?
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Ive used Broader Homes. It is real easy to use and lets you lay in furniture so you can see how it is going to fit. I manage about 40k sqft of office space and use it to do quick layouts for prospective tenants. I just got a new version and the stockroom just dropped of the new computer 5 minutes ago so Ill give another update next week.
I also have AutoCad LT, very difficult to learn and wouldnt recommend unless business related.
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I've had two different ones and Cord is right. If you want to do something big, they are a lot of work and some have big learning curvers. I wanted to model my basement on the computer before remodeling. That way I could virtually walk through it change wall colors, all that. Spent way to much time d*k'n with the program (and I'm a computer guy). Got out the graph paper, my old drafting tools from college, and knocked it out in a few hours. I think if a person was a contractor and remodeled basements a lot, then it might be worth learning to use the program. But for a one time shot, it wasn't worth the effort.

If you want to borrow one, I'll see if I can find it buried in the closet somewhere. I got so pissed at the programs I deleted them from the computer.
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