Basement Design Software

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  1. bilgirami

    bilgirami New Member

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    Hey Guys, a newbie here. I have gone through some of the discussion threads and I have found them to be very useful. So I have decided to sign up and draw on the knowledge people here have. So here goes my first question...

    Is there a free software out there that I could use to do a rough layout of my basement. I do not need anything very elaborate but something basic that I could use for a floor plan and put measurements on.

    Thanks:eek:
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    frenchie Jack of all trades

  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    drawing

    How about a pencil, ruler, square, and a sheet of paper. About as basic as you can get for a basic design.
  4. GabeS

    GabeS Remodel Contractor

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    I agree with hj. You don't need any software for a basement remodel. You can lay it out on paper or actually put down rope or spray paint the actual floors to get a feel of layout.
  5. Scuba_Dave

    Scuba_Dave Extreme DIY Homeowner

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    Sometimes learning how the software works takes longer then actually laying it out on paper
    I just take measurements & draw it out on paper fro simple stuff
    For more in depth stuff I have 3 different software programs - but not free. One is better for floor plans, another better for kitchen design
  6. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

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    HJ, GabeS, stop being a pair of old fogies , we are in the digital age, get with it guys.

    I do agree a pencil squares and other old school drafting tools work fine. I was so p***ed that a contractor would not let me bid a job unless I had a full working legit version of Auto Cad. I did eventually get a legit version from my friends at Auto Desk for a song and a dance and being a beta tester. But heck what about the poor guys out there that can not lay down them kind of big bucks.
  7. BikerDave

    BikerDave New Member

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    Computer vs paper

    Having a computer when diagramming definitely helps. When I did my kitchen, I laid out everything as it was, then started playing around with designs. This helped me figure out what was achievable and not. You can see the process I went through at http://www.thegoodrumfamily.com/ayrlee.kitchen and you can see that using a computer vs paper has many benefits.
  8. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple Bathroom Design & Build - North Vancouver, B.C.

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    FloorPlanner.com

    Try this online software.

    Working with a client now in Toronto who is using FloorPlanner.com

    Some pictures here

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  9. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple Bathroom Design & Build - North Vancouver, B.C.

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    You can switch between metric and imperial measurements and rotate the view any way you like. Looks pretty awesome to me.

    I used these pictures and the clients drawing to order a new ACO linear shower drain and complete NobleSeal CIS waterproofing package for my client.

    The bathroom is a barrier free design

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  10. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote; You can switch between metric and imperial measurements

    A good feature IF you live on the USA/Canada border. Otherwise just something to brag about.
  11. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote; The bathroom is a barrier free design

    Here, that usually means ADA compliant, which means at least a 36" entry.
  12. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote; HJ, GabeS, stop being a pair of old fogies , we are in the digital age, get with it guys.

    I was a senior systems analyst and programmer at a university; Then constructed and operated a 60 computer network at an elementary school so I AM with the digital age. But I still told the guys from IBM, that "IBM means It is Better Manually". Some people insist on using "technology" because they have it, when it is overkill for what they want to do. A thousand tweets is not always better than a 2 minute phone call.
  13. Dana

    Dana In the trades

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    Whatever you do, read up on how to insulate foundation walls without creating moisture traps & mold farms when finishing a basement.

    The solutions that work vary by climate. There a several threads covering the topic on this site.

    I use all sorts of digital tools in my daily work, but wouldn't bother for a basement floor plan. I might use SketchUp or similar for specifying moisture-resilient wall stackup details, if I wasn't going to do the work my self, but it's easier to just search out jpegs of similar detail drawings on the web.

    The pretty rendering tools with the 3D aspects feel like architects' marketing tools- selling the client on the concept with a visual, more than a design tool for construction.
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