One can really ask the question, as the drone technology has made a lot of progress in recent years.
First of all, drones can do a lot of things that were not possible thanks to the miniaturization of electronic components. They are often equipped with high definition cameras. But they can do many other things. They can :
send insecticide to destroy Asian wasp or hornet nests
carry packages as for the Amazon company
carry people like Airbus
and lots of other properties
They can also simply be equipped with light of all colors.
Another property is very interesting: the flight of drones can be controlled by distance, and directed through a computer program. As a result, they can very accurately coordinate their flight not related to each other and perform an overall flight.
So we begin to see shows of hundreds, and sometimes thousands of drones with fairies of color and movement in the dark sky.
What are the benefits of these shows compared to conventional fireworks?
Less noise, even if the flight of drones is not perfectly silent.
Indeed, fireworks often frighten birds and some die
An infinity of figures in the sky, computer programs being unlimited
Better environmental protection because more particles are released into nature with fireworks
On the other hand, it is necessary to regulate the risk of falling of a drone on spectators. The obvious solution is to make these shows over risk-free areas: lake, river, mountain, …
The magic expression that one seeks when one walks in a city is: real estate for sale, or real estate homes for sale, or homes for sale.
Real estate agents have many ways to communicate when they want to offer a house for sale:
Put posters on the window of their shop
Put house ads for sale in specialized magazines
More and more, put ads on social networks like Twitter or Instagram
The most classic way: put a poster on the front of the house for sale.
And it is true that this last possibility is effective. Indeed, many people want to buy a house in a city or a particular neighborhood. While walking, they can see what are the houses for sale, the advantages of this house as the appearance, the garden, the proximity of shops, public transport and potential nuisances such as noise, power lines, exposure to the sun, noisy neighborhood.
That’s why real estate agents give a special importance to the sales panels that are installed on the properties.
But these agents sometimes face the reluctance of the owner of the house.
What are the reasons ?
Sometimes the owner does not want to indicate that his house is for sale, by discretion. Indeed, if this person is often on a business trip, it may indicate to thieves that his house is empty at this time.
Other owners consider that a sales sign on a property is not aesthetic. Moreover, we advise real estate agents to work on the aesthetics of their sales panels to counter this difficulty.
Finally, a sales sign can tell other real estate agents that this house is for sale. As a result, the landlord may be beset by phone calls from real estate agents who also wish to sell this home.
In conclusion, a sales sign bearing the mention “real estate for sale” is very useful for a house sale but it is careful that this panel does not cause difficulties for the home owner.
Renovate or buy a house, what is the best strategy?
I will not tell you what the answer is to this question, because it is not easy.
First of all, what is the point of having a new house built? We can cite several:
Choose the number of rooms you want, rooms, bathroom, kitchen
Choose the surface of the pieces you want
Choose the orientation in relation to the sun and the wind
Choose the number of windows, the size, and all those kinds of things
Have insurance in case of poor workmanship
But there are several disadvantages:
Seeking land to build
Check that this land is well located
Choosing a good home builder
Well check all connections, water, electricity, phone
We see, build your house is not necessarily very simple. And we can make many mistakes that we will see once the construction done.
And there is a saying that says it’s the third house build that gets the perfect home.
So, why not buy a house already built? This is indeed a solution for people who have already built a house and do not want it anymore.
The benefits are many:
No work to do (beware, there are sometimes bad surprises …)
But there are also disadvantages:
Work to do in case of unpleasant surprises
A profitability not necessarily good: the cost of buying the house plus renovation costs may cost more than a new house
Standards not updated: if the house is relatively old, you may have to redo the electricity or plumbing.
So what is the solution ?
It’s hard to make the right choice. In my opinion, the first step is to get help from professionals, either home builders, real estate agents, or architects, to help you with your problem. And to interview people who have already bought or had a house built before you. And, importantly, if you have spotted a land to buy or a house, do a neighborhood survey: the neighbors will help you.
In the construction of apartments or houses, hard materials such as concrete or brick are often used.
But we forget that we are in the era of innovation: many technologies such as 3D printing allow us to think about the construction of tomorrow.
One approach is to use inflatable objects.
One can for example use these inflatable objects to build a gigantic structure in the courtyard of a building:
You can also use large inflatable balls with light and colors to decorate the interior of a house:
You can also make furniture in inflatable objects. Convenient to move, just deflate:
We can finally create structures such as bridges or tunnels in inflatable material:
As you know, I like bold constructions. And among these, hanging pools are one of my preferences. You will find at the bottom of this post some references.
At first, I wanted to introduce you to the crazy project of an architect. This is to make a swimming pool hanging over a Norwegian fjord.
Some balconies are arranged above this pool to enjoy the show:
Many people would like to get architectural plans. Why ?
When you want to build a house, you have to go to a builder or a real estate developer. Each company has its own list of house plans.
So you have to go from one company to another to find the one that best fits your personal style. For example, you can choose between:
House with wooden structure
Loft style house
Organic house made of mud, straw and mud
But you can also if you have the budget make houses that look like castles, mills, bunkers, and everything you can imagine.
But you will not always find the company that can make you the house of your dreams.
One of the methods to get this house is to buy house plans already made. It costs a little money, but it is possible. But if you want to do something really special that does not exist, you can ask an architect to make a plan. Be careful, having a made-to-measure house plan can be quite expensive.
A much simpler method is to make a house plan with online software. In most cases, you can make some plans for free. If you want to go further, for example:
Make many house plans
Edit these plans in pdf
You can take a subscription that is often cheap, much cheaper in any case than the rate charged by an architect.
Advantage: you can make all the changes you want without thinking about the price it costs.
And if you want to take an architect, it will cost you less because you can offer him directly the plan you have done and want it to improve.
Ready for the project of your house plan? So, draw plan.
Your first house plan: how to do it?
I have a piece of advice: you take a pencil, an eraser, forgiveness of erasers, and a sheet of paper, sorry several of paper.
You start tracing your house on a piece of paper, and that’s where the trouble starts. Oh, I forgot, you need a double decimeter, and a protractor to draw angles. After 5 tries, I bet you put all your plans in the trash.
So, of course, you can practice with online software such as roomsketcher, archiplain or floorplanner.
I invite you to try these 3 programs, and you will see which is the easiest to use.
Let’s go further in the discussion. To make your first plan, do not try to make a detailed plan of the Palace of Versailles. If you do not know, there are 2300 pieces, of which only 1000 can be visited … Start with a more modest project, for example a studio apartment. There are few rooms, and like that, you can practice integrating all rooms, openings and furniture. Ready ? So, it’s up to you to draw your first apartment plan. And if you wish, send me your plan, I will be happy to publish it in this blog.
Recently, I told you about flowers. Remember, I proposed to make a house in 3D printing that looks like a flower (Here).
In a first project, people have imagined creating artificial flowers to feed the insects of cities:
To make quality, one must first be precise. In the archiplain software, you make walls the length you want, 10, 20 or 30 meters for example. And even if these walls are long, they will be accurate to 0.1 inch. If you prefer the metric system, they will be accurate to the millimeter, which is much more accurate than a real house construction.
We can put color inside each room, and also make each wall with a different color. This property can allow you to differentiate the rooms, in green for example, the rooms of water like the toilets, the kitchen and the bathroom in blue, the living room in purple, the dining room in yellow. Openings such as doors and windows can have their own color.
You can vary the wall thickness with the same precision as before.
As you can see, with this tool, you can make house plans with great precision, much better than you need to build.
I know, you’re going to tell me: this is not the first time you want to describe how to make house or apartment plans.
But that’s not what I want to do. I talked about creativity.
In fact, when you make a house plan, you often make square or rectangular pieces. For a simple reason: furniture is often square or rectangular.
Well, I tell you very frankly: this world is over and the future world is already here.
Why this statement? You seem to forget that technology is making progress every day.
When a craftsman in his workshop made a motor vehicle with wheels, and that vehicle managed to advance a few meters, who could have imagined at the time that we would have today millions of cars in the world, and highways, peripherals, traffic lights and tickets?
This major innovation is 3D printing. In the future, we will make houses with all possible forms because there are already machines that can make houses in 3D printing. And we can make furniture that fits perfectly in these houses because, yes, there are 3D prints for furniture. These machines already exist. It only misses their diffusion in very large numbers.
How to prepare for this event? Use the online archiplain software, and practice doing some very original house plans. For example, a house that looks like a flower seen from the sky, each petal being a room, or a house that looks like a rabbit (a room for each ear, and the garage in the legs).
When one wants to make a plan of house or apartment, one often thinks of the dwelling, but rarely with each piece taken individually.
We offer here a presentation of the bedroom.
First of all, you have to define the surface of this room. Indeed, this surface can be very variable. The smallest are only 100 square meters. But we can have a room of 1000 square meters.
A classic room has a door and a window, a closet and two bedside tables. When the rooms are larger, we can install a bathroom that leads directly to the room. Important, you have to think about the orientation of the sun.
Our ancestors always installed rooms facing east, where the sun rises. Thus, the rising sun allowed to wake up and the room could keep some freshness because it did not receive the important heat of the sun in the South and the West.
Then how to position the bed? Debates still exist on this subject, but a relative consensus says that the head of the bed (where our head is) must be in the North, in order to be in the direction of the magnetic waves.
Finally, once in your bed, you must be able to see the door and the window. It is a very old habit from the time when one lived in caves or wooden huts. Being able to see allows you to sleep more serenely and be ready in case an enemy enters your room.
If you are on this site, archiplain is that you are looking for news about architecture, design, or anything related to real estate. And in some cases, you are looking to make a house plan.
I wondered what is on Google when you type the keywords “Floor plan”. To be more rigorous, I looked for trends on Google Trends. And the result is very interesting. I focused on this expression and only on the American territory, precisely the United States. Here is the result :
CES Floor plan
World of concrete floor plan
Shot show floor plan
Hgtv dream home floor plan
Promat floor plan
Expo west floor plan
Isc west floor plan
Notre Dame floor plan
Surprisingly, we do not find the main software that can make house plans. There are mainly salons and congresses. And after analysis, it’s not so surprising.
Indeed, in most salons, there are many exhibitors and it is very difficult not to get lost. To avoid this, there is a website for each event in which a plan is found. And since there are many visitors, there is a lot of traffic on the site. In general, there is a page of the site called: “name of event” floor plan. That’s the explanation.
People who are looking to make a house plan can find instead many salons and congresses.
Two interesting remarks:
Anyone who needs to make a convention plan or salon plan can do it with archiplain quite easily.
On Google Trends, we find the sentence “Notre Dame Floor Plan”. This is not surprising because many people have launched architectural projects to redo the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral which burned.
When you put the question to people who are on the street: in your opinion, when were the chateaux built? I am sure they will answer from medieval times until the 18th century. If you ask the same question about churches, you will have about the same question. But that’s wrong, because we have continued to build castles and churches until now. It’s true that sometimes the result is surprising and sometimes, let’s say it, really ugly.
We must not generalize.
We present here several castles which are really modern and which still keeps some aesthetics.
First, a real beautiful castle with beautiful stone walls. Even if its general appearance is too new, after a few decades, it will be beautiful:
Then a castle with feet in the water:
Finally, the alliance of the modern and the old:
If you want to make a plan of a castle or a plan of a church or a cathedral (besides, one could launch a contest to make a plan of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris), you can use the archiplain plan editor which you will vary several parameters for your greater satisfaction.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Interestingly, the most popular 5 related queries are:
House floor plan
Open floor plan
Floor plan design
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.
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.
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?
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:
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:
And why not a spa:
You can add:
Parasol, striped of blue:
And to rest, you can install:
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
You dreamed, Archiplain did. You all know the online software house plan and apartment plan. I will not tell you they are not well. On the contrary. Instead, I will offer you to try them. And you will see they are making plans very well and very aesthetic. But when you need very specific elements, such as openings (doors and windows) with highly accurate measurements when you need the best accuracy, then at that moment, try http://archiplain.com/makeyourplan. You have an important free version that allows you to do several tests. And return to me and tell me what you think …
Simply connect online on http://archiplain.com/makeyourplan page. Then you have to draw the plan of the house. You see, it is not difficult, the software is intuitive and accurate. Choose your steps, feet, inches, meters, centimeters or millimeters. And you do not pay anything! However, if you want to keep copies of your work, you can also register with a valid email (top right), always free.