Aug 23, 2013 10:56 pm
My wife and I have just purchased an interesting block of land - it's a funny shape, has a power transmission pylon to the back and is a bit below street level.
It is, however near the top of a hill, sloping down towards the right (looking at the property from the street), and our neighbour on the downward slope is a single storey. About 500 - 1000 metres away is a reserve.
I would love to design our house to make the best use of the block, such as ignoring the power pylon and having a second story balcony facing the reserve, for example. As well as speaking to project builders and architects, I'd like to play around with a home designing package.
The thing is, I need to be able to model our house, our neighbours house exterior and the reserve, including all of the elevations, etc. oh, and I need to be able to model the sun/shadows throughout the year. I need to walk around inside the house and see if the views are good.
I've had a look at the website and reviews for CA Home Designer Pro, TurboFloorPlan3D and Punch Home and Landscape, but can't quite determine which, if any, can best do this.
Has anyone had experience doing this kind of thing in any of these (or other sub $500) packages?
Thanks so much!
Re: Best Home Design software for views2
Aug 24, 2013 7:51 pm
I have used Chief Architect and was very happy with my plan (as was my builder) but I wasn't clever enough to work out the land bit.
I recommend this program though.
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Re: Best Home Design software for views3
Aug 24, 2013 8:21 pm
I think you are asking far too much.
You would struggle to do all this on a $10,000 drawing package with several years experience.
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Re: Best Home Design software for views4
Aug 24, 2013 8:40 pm
I faced a similar dilemma on a much smaller scale and considered the same technical route to solve all my problems. In the end it was back to basics that won out.
Go to the source. Firstly, put pen to paper and plot your 'proposed house plans' on your block and then physically go to your site and start marking it out. For 2 story get your ladder out and see what the views will look like.
With windows with views, try to get your angles right and use common sense with size. Good luck!
Re: Best Home Design software for views6
Aug 25, 2013 12:00 pm
Yep I did mine in SweetHome3D, just need to be aware of what your lowest point it and build the elevations from there (mine first storey has a split level) I believe you can also get shadows etc....
Re: Best Home Design software for views8
Sep 03, 2013 9:49 am
I think what you are asking for is definitely possible, however I would consider getting a professional draftsperson who uses 3D BIM software to do it if you are concerned about the final outcome.
They will need to model the site contours and get the exact locations of the power pylon and neighbouring buildings from a site survey. A surveyor will usually get the levels of neighbouring roof and gutter lines and if you ask them to, they could possibly even get the height of the power pylon.
You could probably get something good with sketchup or another of these home design programs, you just need to make sure you have the site and building levels correct or else your model may not be accurate.
If you do decide to try it yourself with your own software, feel free to PM me any questions you might have. I am a practicing draftsman / building designer and use 3D modeling software. Id be happy to help you out if i can.
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