Design Software for a Hobbyist
I am retiring, and have some time available, so I decided to learn to use software for 3D CAD design. I design houses as a hobby (with a pencil!), but I now want to learn a software package that will let me interact with “real” architects and engineers. My main concern is the length and steepness of the learning curve – the cost of the wetware.
Architects have suggested to me:
1 Autodesk / AutoCAD, the big kahuna, the choice of pros. I can get a student license for free, but the learning curve may be formidable.
2 Rhino. Easy to learn, but may not be full-featured. Not sure it is aimed at residential design so much as 3D printing, etc. I can get a student license for cheap.
Sketchup, another user-friendly product, seems not to be popular.
I would really appreciate it if anyone has guidance for an amateur architect. Are there any other software packages to consider? Any suggestions for me?
GBA Detail Library
A collection of one thousand construction details organized by climate and house part