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Bird, horse and Tarzan

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An egg-shaped observatory to observe birds

Well, this observatory looks more like a giant coconut. But at least the architect has been creative. It should be investigated in 6 months to see if the birds have actually been observed :

Bird observatory
Bird observatory highland

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A hotel for humans and horses

A beautiful 18th century barn with exposed stone and an interior that makes you want to stay a few days.

barn with exposed stone
Interior hotel

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Treehouse for Tarzan

And finally, this beautiful house in the forest. The walls are pierced to leave just enough sun and aeration.

Treehouse
terrace hotel

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Want to draw your own barn plan, or your own treehouse plan, or your own observatory plan: archiplain is for you.

Draw floor plans

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The question is: Is it possible to draw house plans without being an architect?
I’m sorry, but the question is badly asked (I know, it’s me who asked this question …).
In reality, it depends on the use you want to make of these plans.

Draw floor plan 1

If you want to make a house plan to give to workers who will build a bridge, or a building, or a dam, we can say that it is a little risky. This is not risky because of the plan that would be poorly done, because the house software is quite well done (you can test archiplain, very good product …). But it’s mostly a question of responsibility. If the workers hurt their work, if you have badly integrated some parts of the plan, the consequence can be disastrous.

Draw floor plan 2

On the other hand, if you want to make a house plan for yourself, to practice rooms, bathroom, dining room and all the furniture that is in these rooms, this kind of tool is very practical .

You have to choose a software tool that allows you to save plans. Like this, you can spend a few moments on a plan, then save it, and finally resume this plan later to complete it.
Let’s not forget the interest of putting colors in these plans. Architect’s plans are often black on a white background. The pieces in color are much more pleasant. we can put for example:

  • Blue in rooms like the bathroom and the toilet.
  • Warm red in the living rooms such as the dining room and the living room
  • Pastel yellow in the rooms

Take pleasure in making these plans, and if you make plans with lots of color, send them to the editor and we will be happy to publish them.

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School plan

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What does it take to make a good school plan?

Of course, it is not as simple as a house or apartment plan.

When a house plan is made, it is necessary to think of the plan of the rooms, the kitchen, the bathroom, the toilets, the dining room, the living room. But for a school, it’s more complicated. Normally, there are no rooms. But there are:

  • Classrooms
  • Special rooms like the library
  • Digital rooms
  • Toilets that are for several people
  • Self-service

There is usually a schoolyard to allow children to play.

If you use house plan software as an archiplain, you can do it all in one plan. Indeed, the system can make it possible to position all the rooms, the courtyard and the rest in a single plane. This is very handy if you want to make changes such as a room change, or a merger between two rooms, or a building extension.

You can put a lot of tables and chairs in each class. You can also put plants to make it more pleasant.

Plant 1
Plant 2

And even smarter, we can negotiate with the owner of the archiplain school plan publisher (it’s me so …) a contract to open a lot of account on archiplain and make all the plans that we want . Imagine that you want to improve the school. You are proposing a workshop for an entire class of school, maybe 20 or 30 students, whose objective will be to propose the most interesting school plan. Exciting, no?

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Floor plan in India

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India is a very big country, a great democracy, and probably the most populous country in the world.

It would be interesting to know which cities are most interested in real estate in India. For this, we can of course look at the statistics. But I like to educate myself with the Google trends tool.

To the question: which are the regions that question Google the most with the expression floor plan? There are interesting things. The Indian cities that are most interested in this expression are:

  • Maharashtra
  • Karnataka
  • Haryana
  • Puducherry
  • Delhi
5 Indian cities

When we look at the most interested cities, we find:

  • Pimpri-Chinchwad
  • Gurgaon
  • Mumbai
  • Bengaluru
  • Pune
Indian states

But it can be said, looking at the percentages, that the two most important cities are: Pimpri-Chinchwad and Gurgaon.

Related queries India

In any case, in our personal archiplain statistics, we can tell you that the United States remains the country that connects the most to our site, but India is a good second.

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How to draw an open floor plan with Google

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The real question is: how do I know who is interested in the house floor plan in the United States?
By doing research on Google trends, and stating the words floor plan, we see that the 5 cities that are most interested in these keywords are:

  • Austin
  • Boston
  • New York
  • Washington
  • Jacksonville
Open floor plan 1

Interestingly, the most popular 5 related queries are:

  1. House floor plan
  2. Floor plan
  3. Open floor plan
  4. Bedroom plan
  5. Floor plan design
Open floor plan 2

Related queries 1, 2 and 5 are logical and directly dependent on the related query floor plan. More intriguing, the related query 4 focuses specifically on bedroom. Maybe that means that people are more interested in Bedroom, which is perhaps the most interesting room for them.

Finally, the related query 3 is surprising: open floor plan. Why are people interested in this?

By searching on Google with this expression, we find explanations: it is open spaces. This means that many people are looking to make open space plans. And finally, it makes sense. When you want to buy a big apartment and you want to break walls to make an open space, it is essential to make a plan of the apartment beforehand to avoid doing irremediable things.

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Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee are looking for house plan

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We do not always know, but Google’s tools can give good information about construction.

Imagine I want to invest in buying a house. I’m going to get some land to buy to build my house. But most importantly, I will try to make a plan of my future home.

As a result, by searching for example on the search engine of Google, I will look at the proposed suggestions with house plan and I would know what is the most requested with house plan. Of course, he does a private search, otherwise Google will give me information around me.
More interesting, you have to use Google trends.

By pointing to a house plan, we can see that the American states in which this expression is most in demand are: Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee:

5 states

But doing the same house plan search with cities, Raleigh (North Carolina), Atlanta (Georgia), Washington (Columbia), Plano (Texas) and Austin (Texas) are found:

5 cities

If we cross the information of states and cities, we can think that the most interesting places are in Texas and North and South Carolina.

I think we should build a computer program that predicts what the real estate market will be based on the house plans that are requested by Google users.

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Best free floor plan software

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This is a question that seems very simple and is not in reality.
Why that ? It depends on several parameters:
One of these parameters is the level of free. Because a software offers a free part and a paying part. If the free web part is very small, then we are quickly limited.
Another parameter is the type of tools present in the free web part, to compare with the tools in the paid web part.

Best free floor plan software 1

Another parameter is the speed to make a house or apartment plan. If the software is slow, it quickly becomes annoying.
Another parameter is the accuracy of the measurements. If the measurements are not smaller than centimeters, what if we want millimeters?
Another thing: in the world, there are people who measure in feet, and others in centimeters. What if we want to go from one to another?

Best free floor plan software 2

As you can see, comparing software is not easy.
We will not classify this software, but we will simply give you a list, for you to see:

  • SketchUp
  • Archiplain
  • RoomSketcher
  • Floorplanner
  • AutoCAD Architecture
  • Sweet Home 3D
  • Roomle
  • Civil 3D
  • Draft it
  • SmartDraw
  • AutoCAD LT
  • PlanningWiz Floor Planner
  • HomeByMe
  • The Home Renovator
  • Autodesk Homestyler
  • Design a Room
  • Roomstyler 3D Home Planner

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Apartment floor plan

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Let’s be very clear with you. We have not planned to make an article on how to make a house or apartment plan. There are several in this website.
It’s all about explaining the specificities of drawing an apartment plan in relation to a house plan.
Indeed, it has not escaped you that an apartment is not exactly like a house. Often, the apartment is high, except the ground floor. There are common areas, such as:

  • the staircase
  • the elevator
  • the lobby
  • the garbage room
  • the bike room
  • a ski room in the mountains
  • and the list is not complete.
apartment floor plan 1

If you are using a house plan editor as an archiplain, do not just make your apartment plan. Draw all these other common rooms as well, as they help make your future apartment pleasant and functional.

apartment floor plan 2

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Google draw with Google Drawings

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Google Drawings is part of the set of free software developed by Google and made available to the public. A constraint to benefit from this tool: you must have opened an account at Google.
This software allows you to make several vector diagrams of flowcharts, models, diagrams, concept maps to name just a few.

Where is Google drawings? It is in Google drive. To summarize, this tool allows to make drawings.

I tried this tool, it is well done. We can draw:

  • Shapes (arrow, legend, equation)
  • Text boxes
  • Picture

We also have classic tools:

  • Border color
  • Filling
  • Fonts
  • Classic formatting of a text editor
  • Inserting links

We can draw quickly without initial training.

Google drawings 1
Google drawings 2

Can we draw house plans with Google drawings? With a little patience, we can do it. But it is necessary to leave from the base because no initial tool exists like installing a window or a door. It’s a bit like Statistica and Excel. We can do statistic analyzes with Excel without having Statistica, but we have to create all the formulas.

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How to make a free pool plan

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First of all, it is necessary to delimit your ground to be sure that your swimming pool can be inside.
Then you have to choose your pool and size. You can do this for inspiration with the models proposed by archiplain:

Rectangular pool:

Square pool:

Round pool:

And why not a spa:

You can add:

Parasol, striped of blue:

Square parasol:

And others.

And to rest, you can install:

Deckchair 1:

Deckchair 2:

 

And others

You can change the dimensions of each object, and even the pool.

How to find these objects to make your pool? In the Archiplain house plan editor, just click on Exteriors / pool

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Modular pannels for modular building

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Architects are, sometimes, people a little weird. They absolutely want to offer buildings in which the apartments are modular. The simplest method is to put doors everywhere. Another method is to install sliding panels, which usually fit in the wall.
Here, the architect has created sliding panels that line up … outside.
True, it makes modular apartments. But the exterior aspect of the building is … awful.
And imagine a little storm and that the panels fall on the ground, on people …
Well, ok, architects are creative people. But there are sometimes limits to this creativity. Judge for yourself and give me your opinion.

Building seen in down:

Building seen in down

Gif to see the movement of the panels:

movement of the panels

In an apartment:

Inside the building

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How to draw a free garden plan?

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You know, the archiplain online software is designed to make house or apartment plans.
But what you do not know is that it can be used to make garden plans very easily.
In the tab design / exteriors, you can check “trees”, and you will find:

Lemon-tree:

Cherry-tree:

Apple-tree:

Peach-tree:

Olive-tree:

Orange-tree:

And other trees.

In the tab design / exteriors, you can check “others”, and you will find:

Square garden 1:

Square garden 2:

Square garden 3:

Feel free to browse the free archiplain house plan editor and you will find plenty to install on your free garden plan.

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Tiny house against big house

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Everyone knows that building land is becoming more expensive. Moreover, in big cities and tourist places, the land is often more expensive than the building itself. This is why we have seen projects developed for tiny houses.

A tiny house, what is it? It is a house that does not meet the classic criteria. For example, the bedroom will not necessarily be independent of the living room, walls and ceiling are used for storage, for example shelves, hooks to suspend a bike, a bed that lifts the day to be folded against the wall, storage spaces under the floor.

The main interest is to have all the comfort of a large house in a small space, while having a house instead of an apartment to enjoy a garden.

Typical tiny house

Many companies today offer tiny homes. There are even some who offer to transform containers into tiny houses, or movable on wheels.

Movable tiny house

If you want to build a container in a tiny house, just look at the price of a used container. You can have one for $ 2,500.

There are two types of surface: 160 square feet and 320 square feet.

Then you have to find a software that draws plan online as archiplain.

Ideally, it would take a floor plan free, but if it is not very expensive, it can go too. Once you have got your floor plan online, you can start drawing your plan. And do not worry, some house plan software free are very powerful.

The dimensions of the containers are known in advance, so it is not useful to buy a contanier before making plans. Your floor plan app will give you all the necessary items.

Important, a container is blind, that is to say there is no window, even if there is a door. It is therefore necessary to provide openings, and also vents. Evacuations for wastewater must also be provided.

If you know of tiny houses around you, do not hesitate to send us photos that we will be happy to publish.

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I had a dream: draw the plan of the highest towers in the world

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One day, having a coffee on a terrace, I had a dream: to plan the tallest building in the world. I know, I was having coffee and I was dreaming. Have you ever dreamed with your eyes open?
And I imagined doing that with my favorite tool, the archiplain online map software.

Is this difficult? Not as much as it seems. Just take the measurements on each floor, and draw the plans.

I first looked for what are the tallest towers in the world, and I found that architects all over the world have made extraordinary constructions. Judge for yourself:

  • Burj Khalifa, Dubai, 2720 feet  or 830 meters
  • Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, 2070 feet  or 632 meters
  • Makkah Clock Royal Tower Hotel, Mecca, 1970 feet or 601 meters
  • One World Trade Center, New York, 1770 feet or 541 meters
  • Chow Tai Fook Center, Guangzhou, 1730 feet or 530 meters
Burj Khalifa
Shanghai Tower

These are the 5 tallest towers in the world at the date of this article, and they are all over 1600 feet or 500 meters high.

But there are many others. We can cite :

Taipei 101 (in Taipei), Shanghai World Financial Center (in Shanghai), International Commerce Center (in Kowloon), the famous Petronas Twin Towers (in Kuala Lumpur), Zifeng Tower (in Nanjing).

Makkah Clock Royal Tower Hotel
One World Trade Center

You’ve noticed: for a long time, the tallest towers in the world were American, but more and more towers are Asian, and more particularly Chinese.

Chow Tai Fook Centre

Why make these plans?

It is first of all an excellent training in the design of building plans. Another advantage, if you are a real estate agent: you offer apartments for sale and future owners can virtually break walls on the apartment plan to transform it. Finally, you can use this plan to make building miniatures in 3D printing, or in Lego.

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A house plan for an interior designer

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Recently, we have mentioned the place of home staging in the deed of sale of a house or an apartment. This can cost a maximum of 5% of the selling price compared to an acceleration of the sale and the possibility of selling at 10 or 20% more. Which leads us naturally to the job of home designer.

This consists of making decorative art. This is the ultimate goal of architecture, which leads to colors, lights, furniture, objects, to reveal the personality of the owner, its culture, and his personal life.
This business has developed lately, made famous by some who have brought up to date the home staging, simplified version of the interior design.

A house plan for an interior designer

This job makes many others work:

  • Engineer
  • Designate
  • Fitters
  • Decorator
  • Colourist

One can suggest to those who want to learn about interior design to learn about the different schools that train in this trade. You can also walk around attics to look for decorative objects (the “Marché aux Puces” of Paris is extraordinary for that). You can also practice furnishing furniture in a house or apartment using the archiplain house plan software. You can also do internships to learn the different trades that work with interior decorators. You can also get up early in the morning to watch the sunrise and all the colors that emerge (I remember a sunrise on snow-capped mountains, the tops ranged from pink to orange!). Finally, ideally, some notions of engineer are not useless.

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Make a house staging plan

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Here is an activity that is widespread in the United States and much less in Europe: home staging. We can consider this as real estate marketing. The goal is to value a property to sell or rent.

Model 1 done with archiplain

We consider that a sale is made in the first moments of the visit. The first impression is therefore essential. Buyers must be able to imagine themselves in the house that will become their place of life. Several problems can appear:

  • House too old and damaged, except for those who want to renovate but offer a price too low
  • House without furniture and decoration that gives the impression that no one has lived inside
  • House with too much decoration, too personalized

To avoid these three problems, home staging, which appeared in the United States in the 1970s, has become an almost unavoidable practice. First proposed by professionals of the decoration, it is proposed more and more by the real estate agents. Thus, real estate agents can earn a sales commission on the house while saving time on the sale and why not make a profit on home staging benefits.

Model 2 done with archiplain

Let’s talk price: home staging rarely exceeds 5% of the sales price. But that allows two things:

  • Speed up the selling time
  • Increase the selling price, sometimes from 10 to 20%.

What should be done for home staging?:

  • Clean the house or apartment
  • Mowing the lawn and trimming the hedges
  • Repaint the walls in a neutral color, if possible white
  • Remove as much furniture as possible and leave only those who showcase the house
  • Repairing minor damage, such as a broken electrical outlet, a small hole in a wall, a bulb that does not work
  • Thoroughly clean the bathroom and toilets
  • Air the house or apartment before visits to feel fresh and eliminate odors

Then, make a plan of house or apartment on a software like archiplain and offer a free access to your customers who will be able to put their furniture and decorations in this accommodation.

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Blueprints, Floor plans, Home plan designs and house plans: buy or rent?

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The real estate market is huge. First, because everyone wants to own their house or apartment. Because rents in big cities are becoming more expensive. And because you can not decorate your home as you wish. For example, some homeowners prohibit tenants from planting nails in walls. And if the tenant does it, the landlord asks for compensation money.

These are not the only reasons. Borrowing rates are historically very low because inflation is low and the economy is good. Bringing money is interesting because you do not pay much interest.

Then you have to make a profitability calculation. Estimate the total amount of rent for 20 years, and compare it with a loan to buy his property. The calculation is quite complex because it is necessary to estimate:

  • The evolution of the interest rates,
  • The family stability (a divorce, and the calculations are to remake completely …),
  • The evolution of the place in which you live ( construction of a railway line nearby,a road,a shopping center, a school),
  • Pollution,
  • The passage of planes above,
  • The presence of termites.

There is no hard and fast rule about whether to buy or rent a property. We can just give some indications. For example, buying in a big city is often better than renting. But it is sometimes very expensive and even impossible, like:

  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Paris
  • London

And if the rent is much lower than the repayment amount of a loan, it may be better to pay rent and keep the rest of the money to enjoy life.

Just a piece of information that can help you: if you want to buy a house or an apartment, you know that the price will depend on the surface of the property. And a difference of a few square feet or square meters can vary the price. One solution is to buy a laser range finder, which is not too expensive, and put these measurements in a house plan software as an archiplain. If the real estate agent does not want it, negotiate to take at least the measurements of one or two rooms and say that it is to be able to arrange the furniture.

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Blueprints and house plans, a selection of home plan designers

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Sadly, two designers died in February 2019. Of course, we all know Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s famous fashion designer. But who knows Italian architect and designer Alessandro Mendini? He is known for having designed the Groninger Museum and the Proust Armchair.

First, 6 very promising Chinese designers. Many things are happening right now in China, which is not just the manufacturer of all the objects in the world. The Chinese also do a lot of things in creation. It will undoubtedly be necessary to follow the future of these creators:

Creation from China

And then back to France, country of fashion, luxury, and design as Jean Nouvel. Here is a selection of the best influencers designers:

Creation from France

Sebastian Herkner is also one of the most promising designers of his time:

Sebastian Herkner

And finally, some trophies proposed by designers to modernize these objects:

Trophy 1
Trophy 2

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Home building designs with good home plans, house plans or floor plans

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Home building designs have become increasingly important. The architects’ efforts to find a solution to the difficulties of our time are there to testify.

Take climate change as an example. Many experts predict that the climate will change, that the melting of glaciers will raise the level of the seas and oceans, and that storms and hurricanes will become more and more powerful resulting in larger rain events. A British project plans to build floating houses to overcome this difficulty:

Floating house

A second project plans to build a simple structure including a canoe and kayaks, with a container containing all the material. The whole is raised so as not to be damaged by the soil and the water:

Canoe and kayak structure

Finally, a modular housing system makes it possible to store equipment to allow people to live, like refugees. This system was initially planned to find a housing solution in the event of an earthquake but it could quite be adapted in case of global warming:

Modular housing system

Want to create your own surviving housing system in case of climate or other problem? So, start by making a plan on an online software like archiplain, then build a propotype that you install in your garden. And finally, take a week of vacation and vice versa to perfect autonomy in your home. Last point: write down all the problems you encounter, they will help you improve your home.

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Home plan 3D or home plan 2D ?

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Difficult question without a simple answer. You have those who prefer 3D, which gives them a better representation in space. But you should know that the ceiling height is usually 2.5 meters, or 8.2 feet. This height is therefore standard. Moreover, the constituent elements of a room are most often on the floor. Which means that in most cases, it is not useful to have a representation in space.
Another important thing. When you live in a house or an apartment, you walk on the floor. Our vision of our environment is therefore constantly in the middle of the height of the room, and down to avoid obstacles. Finally, the light is high and can affect our vision if we look at it directly (especially in our time with the development of LEDs). It is therefore preferable to have a 2D house plan that will respect our usual vision.

Home plan 2D

You have certainly heard of these amusement parks that offer you to enter a house that is wobbly, ie the floor of the rooms is not horizontal. In some cases, the house is upside down, the ceiling down and the floor up. This is a very useful experience because it is realized that the room’s provisions are very disturbing. It feels like the house is completely different when it is simply upside down.
In conclusion, you can still use a software like archiplain who makes plans in 2D and that amply enough. But if you like 3D, you can experiment.

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