UK Specific House Design Software?
Posted 08 January 2006 - 11:41 AM
I'd like to design my own home, then offer it to a SE for modifications to make it safe etc etc.
I've tried a couplo different packages, but they were made by/for USA, and I really dont wanna do it all in AutoCAD - my cad days went by decades ago
So: I would like a fairly user friendly, *UK Specific* home building software package, which will include decent cost estimates, and that will export to autocad format too
Posted 08 January 2006 - 02:50 PM
I've looked at several CAD packages and they are either too simple or give you too much freedom...
The simple programs might produce drawings suitable for a planning application but no way are they good enough to produce Construction drawings for Building Control, the SE or a builder to work from.
The more professional packages give a novice too much freedom. They will quite happily let you design something that doesn't meet Building Regs in a 100 different ways that aren't down to an SE to spot. Just a few examples: The U-Value of walls, the headroom over stairs, mandatory facilities for disabled access, the grade on a pipe or driveway, the dimensions of a chimney, the sound transmission characteristics of walls and floors etc etc..
Why not go visit an Architect and ask him to show you a set of construction drawings that he's done for a house and have him explain some of the Building Regs issues.
The Building Regs are online here...
If you want to have a go at the design I'd get one of the simple packages, knock up a layout and give it to an Architect or a package company to turn into proper drawings.
Our house is here..
Posted 08 January 2006 - 04:44 PM
BTW I checked out your site regarding your current build - very nice. Couldnt help noticing the foundations. I always assumed foundations would cover the whole of the floor space, rather than just under where the walls will stand. Any advantage, apart from saving a few quid in Readymix?
Posted 08 January 2006 - 08:42 PM
Posted 08 January 2006 - 09:28 PM
Above all else (notwithstanding the budget) the site should offer you loads of ideas from future garden demands, orientation, views, sunangles through the seasons, overlooking, overshadowing, gradient, access, soil type etc etc.
So before you do anything, build a brief of needs and desires and wants and filter what suits the family and what you can afford,
Believe me, go to a good architect, and I don't mean a plan drawer, and he will either expect you to be armed with all this stuff or will charge you fees to drag it out of you.
This is where the true self build value comes from, not putting a plasma in every room or en suite to every bedroom, but by building in character and getting it right.
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Posted 08 April 2006 - 08:23 PM
Posted 23 December 2007 - 06:30 AM
we cover bristol,bath and northeast somerset ,mendip and south glost council areas
Posted 24 December 2007 - 01:43 PM
Just a note to say - don't give up on the software. I designed and produced my building regs drawings (Large new build house) using a fairly cheep US based system - Home Designer Pro. I don’t think it being US software gave me all that many problems - nothing that couldn’t be worked round. I had the help of an architect (computer illiterate!) to tell me what drawings I needed and to point the way on the details.
It is great to be able to check things out as the build progresses and to give additional dimensions and details as and when required. On the negative side there was quite a learning curve and it took a long time!
So far the software has proved far better at estimating material quantities required than my builder to!
Posted 08 January 2008 - 10:46 AM
We have been using the estimating package for a number of years and it has saved my husband hours in estimating time and made his quotes more accurate and his business more profitable! It also means that we get to spend more time together as a family. Its really easy to use; you type the dimensions of the project into easy to follow on screen drawings and the program calculates material prices from the in built live merchant price book, which means that you get the most up to date prices without having to phone around suppliers. It also produces a word processed quote, which is great if you need to give quotes to customers but is also produces lots and lots of reports which are also handy for the bank manager if you need to get any financial backing.
We also use the CAD package from them, which enables my husband to offer a design and build service to his clients. It also links with the estimating package so when he has designed the house or extension he simply clicks a button and it transfers it into the estimating package and
produces all the materials he needs and the quantities that he needs to order.
We would certainly recommend this software to both builders and self builders!
Posted 01 February 2008 - 07:25 PM
Hope this helps.
Posted 06 March 2008 - 09:23 PM
Posted 10 February 2010 - 11:02 AM
AutoCAD Architecture 2010
AutoCAD Revit 2010
Turbo Cad 16
I am looking for a program to produce, plans/drawings for use in acquiring UK Planning and Building Regulations approval
I have used AutoCAD and Turbo Cad in the past (1995).The current AutoCAD Architecture is interesting, as I believe it can produce plans and elevations from a line drawing
Any advice welcome
Posted 10 February 2010 - 03:46 PM
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Posted 10 February 2010 - 10:21 PM
But if you use the 3d tools to draw the walls, doors, roof, widows etc.... the do require some input/setting up to get the these "styles" to work.
As for Sketchup great 3d tool, i use it to inport my 3d ACA drawings into to do quick 3d's of the building/proposal
example: this was done to enable the wife of my client to get a better idea how the building would roughly look and how it would sit on the site.
As for plans, sections & details these also take a while to build up into standard format, I've got a whole libary of standard details and bespoke standard details that I use on my jobs that I can quickly reference and use over and over again to save time and re-inventing the wheel.
Posted 11 February 2010 - 09:05 AM
Posted 11 February 2010 - 09:43 AM
these are very basic 3d's as I don't spend to much time at first another example below:
Once the client is happy with the intial proposal the 3d model then develops into a full 3d colour image, materails, shading etc... as below
I've found if you put loads of hours into the model at first you can be wasting hours and hours of getting the 3d model 100% perfect the way you want it and the client then changes there mind.
Posted 11 February 2010 - 09:48 AM
Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:03 AM
the reason I do simple 3d's is because it only takes and hour to do a 3d model on ACA 2010 and say another 1/2 hour to import the 3d model into sketch up and just do basic 3d views and take jpeg snap shots of the 3d model with the shadows turned on.
the reason I use sketch up is its so simple to pick up and use.
Most of the work i do is for job blog's who wants an extension and due to the low amount of hours it takes to do a simple 3d I don't charge - i do it for free and for the fun of it : )
if you've not used sketch up lookup sketch up tutorails on youtube - this is how I learn't how to use the software with no offical training.
also another tip is if your client wants a 3d of a kitchen there's some good suppliers that have web based 3d software that's just drop and drag there units into the space you specfiy and they give you instant 3d's images, recent example i did below: