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CAD Drawing your House Extension

I was fortunate enough to have access to Autocad 2004 LT. You don't really need very fancy software to produce a good quality scale drawing. Turbocad is a much cheaper alternative or even free CAD software would probably do you just fine (just Google Free CAD software).

I measured up my house and started by drawing the existing property, whilst simultaneously teaching myself the software. The main tools I needed - drawing lines, trimming, extending, aligning etc. didn't take long to suss out. I would not claim to know everything about Autocad and am not the slickest user of it but my aim is to achieve what is needed for this project, not become an Autocad guru. It wasn't daunting, and I would certainly recommend CAD to anyone with even average computer ability. For what it's worth, when I got stuck I found online forums and YouTube videos more helpful than the Autocad help files. It didn't take me long to get myself a scale drawing of the existing property, and it was actually a lot of fun. I'm no expert, but if you are using Autocad and get stuck, feel free to contact me - I will help you out if I can.

If you download some current plans from your Council Website you will see that all architects have their own layout and style, but by seeing their approach you can get a pretty good idea of what is required for a drawing and how to lay it out. My Local Council website also had advice on suitable scales and how to layout plans - I think it's likely your Council website will too.

Having accurately drawn the existing property, I was getting pretty au fait with the software and really enjoyed the freedom it gave me when drawing out the proposed extension. I like to use the drawing as part of the design process, so like to draw then shift things about - CAD is perfect for this. I drew up my plans, printed a couple out at A4 and showed them to friends and family for their input. I tweaked the plans quite a few times and even took some along to a self build show where an architect looked them over for me. He saw no major problem with them but did suggest one or two ideas I hadn't considered.

 

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