Home design software recommendations?
Anyone have any recommendations for home design software, and what to look for?
Must have: At least something quick and easy to use for floor plans and shells, to then take to an architect and engineer, get the process started on better than me with grid paper.
Almost a must: Exterior architectural elements to conceptualize at least 2d Exterior view and styles. 3D interior and exterior move through would be nice.
Nice to have:
1. Allow me to explore large building, multi-family options and layouts for investment property (renting, selling townhome units, but not necessarily row-style townhomes…)
2. Compare rough costs for different material types, particularly for the walls, floors, roofing, foundation, insulation, etc. At least calculating rough material requirements ( I’d like to evaluate doing the whole building in concrete, even hollow core flooring and roofing; I expect to need to go to suppliers/contractors with plans and material requirement estimates)
3. Something particularly good at estimating mid-country costs — Kansas City metro area. Many cost comparisons aren’t great because they don’t do much for this market.
Bonus would be anything that has useful green design or universal design principles and guidelines, design adjustments, etc.
Thoughts? Thank you, and Happy New Year!
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