Building designer packages for PCs
Posted 08 May 2005 - 07:30 PM
Posted 07 March 2006 - 01:37 PM
Posted 07 March 2006 - 08:16 PM
You won't save any money. Most of the Architects time is NOT spent on the general layout and preliminary design - it's spent on doing the drawings for planning permission and construction drawings.
If I was doing it again I would do a few rough sketch on paper. I would also give him a scrap book of photos and magazine clippings illustrating features I liked. If there are a few things you must have make a list or mark up the scrap book. Otherwise let the Architect do his stuff.
Posted 08 March 2006 - 09:33 AM
My business partner is an architect and would agree with cwatters & richie. We have many clients that have used PC software to create designs, and although it shows in principle what you require, it actually can be more time consuming as scales are often not the scale used on our drawings and sometimes people get carried away with detail, which at planning stage isnt overly helpful! So def pen to paper, as invariably we start drawings from scratch on autocad anyway
Posted 08 March 2006 - 11:54 AM
Architects and designers always start with pencil and paper, it just seems right and you can do it anywhere. I agree that once drawings are on a computer then changes, as there will always be, can easily be made. Coordination of services etc is in thoery easier too, but the thinking and consideration process (designing) will still involve pencil and paper. Its also considerably quicker to explore 3D and detailing options on paper, so save your money and time and just sketch, then take it to CAD techy who will rattle it up in no time for you to ponder over more changes!!
Sadly in Architects' offices, however, if you are not CAD proficient you are considered to be a designosaur so if you are considering a life in architecture, learn CAD?
Posted 08 March 2006 - 03:38 PM
you are right about being designosaur if not CAD proficient. My partner had been out of architecture for only about 18 mths but when he got back into it, realised after about 3 interviews that CAD was needed to get a job. He went on the course, bought the programme and never looked back. i have to say on a personal level, makes a nice change not to be hoovering up razor blades ( he used to go through hundreds scratching out alterations on drawings!)and considering some of the clients we have at present, bloody good job it is on CAD now as we would be up all night armed with razors!! (by the end of night, useful double up for wrists!!!)so in this case progress has made our workload double.
Posted 08 March 2006 - 05:49 PM
Good luck anyway, off to find the canary paper and a 4B.
Posted 01 April 2011 - 05:02 PM
Personally I am a huge fan of CAD for visulisation purposes. I use a very highend package for such a task. Planners ect are seeking this service more and more as they see it as an invaluable tool to help with 'public consultations'. Clients also like this aid as not everyone can interpret a 2D drawing but they can understand it in 3D. It helps to see changes in the design very quickly and thus avoid costly mistakes when in build.
Posted 01 April 2011 - 07:27 PM
Posted 14 May 2014 - 04:25 AM
I use GIMP (another free package) to import these and crop out the individual plans, and one of the nice things about SH3D is that you can import these as backgrounds (you can register some known feature e.g. the front wall against your plan to get the scale and location right.) This allow me to "what-if" on moving wall lines etc. It also has a proper dimension function to take accurate measurements off his drawing directly at a decent zoom. No more squinting at rulers on paper with a calculator to get the scale right!!
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