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.
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:
Special rooms like the library
Toilets that are for several people
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.
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?
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.
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:
But doing the same house plan search with cities, Raleigh (North Carolina), Atlanta (Georgia), Washington (Columbia), Plano (Texas) and Austin (Texas) are found:
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.
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:
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 garbage room
the bike room
a ski room in the mountains
and the list is not complete.
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.
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)
We also have classic tools:
Classic formatting of a text editor
We can draw quickly without initial training.
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
Many companies today offer tiny homes. There are even some who offer to transform containers into tiny houses, or movable on wheels.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
This job makes many others work:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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),
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:
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.
The other day I walked through the forest with friends, and found a old abandoned barn. The door was open and we explored. The bottom consists of a single room where farm animals, probably cows, came to rest at night and eat fodder. The top still contained hay, very old, and filled with small holes, probably rodents that lived there. We discovered old objects that made it possible for a shepherd to live: an old stove, a fork, an old metal bed frame, and a few nails. The floor was shabby because the roof, made of slate, let in sunlight and probably water in the event of a storm.
The place was sublime, with a very large clearing in the middle of the woods. A creek, a little further away, hinted at a crystalline sound.
And apparently, nobody for many years came to live in this barn.
And I thought to myself: maybe the owner of this barn will want to sell it to me for a small price. And after, I will take the measures of this barn to renovate it. Quietly, at home, I will put these measures in a barn plan that I will do on archiplain type software.
Especially, in this case, I will make a renovation more in line with what should have been this farm at the origin (maybe 80 or 100 years ago):
Look for identical slates for the roof, perhaps by asking where are other old barns in ruins.
Reinforcement of some structural beams
Put stones in the walls where they are missing, taking them around the barn
Make windows where there are no more.
Take a hose to collect the water from the stream, and bury it so you do not see it in the clearing, which will provide water for the toilet and shower.
And choose in the nearest cities furniture with a mountain decoration.
Last point: invite all my friends to inaugurate this renovated barn!
This is not always easy because it depends on the goal you have set.
If you are looking for architectural plans that already exist, you can go directly to architectural firms. They have plans of house or building that are already made and that they can sell you. You can obviously ask them to make a house plan based on the information you give them. They can advise you on the best layout of rooms, bedrooms, living room, bathroom. But that will cost you money.
You can also ask real estate agents. In some cases, they own the plans of the houses they sell. You can ask real estate developers: The real estate projects are done by architects and you can ask them the plans of the apartments. Sometimes you can ask to merge two apartments into a larger one, and here too the plan of the building and apartments is useful.
In most cases, real estate agents and real estate developers will give you the plans for free.
But there are much simpler ways to make house plans.
You must type on a search engine the words: “house plan”; or “apartment plan”. You can search with tags like “draw plan” or “compose plan” or “sketch plan”. If, for you, the free software is something important, you add the word “free” before each of these expressions. For example, “free house plan” or “free apartment plan”. Which does not mean that the entire use of the software is free, but at least a good part.
With this method, you will find many links that offer you to go to sites with online software to make house plans.
Then you just have to try. We are not here to tell you that one software is better than another. You have to be realistic, it depends on everyone. A person will prefer a software that makes plans in 3D, another person will prefer 2D which is simpler, another will prefer that there are many colors, another simply black. Our opinion is that you have to try several software and keep the one that suits you best. Of course, we prefer the archiplain software because it has interesting features and because we developed it.
But we fully understand that you prefer to use another software.
In some countries, grants are given to people who have plans to build a nursery. The reasons are multiple. First of all, there is a difficulty in having your child look after him when he is very young. Some parents agree to keep their baby a few months at home just after birth. But then there is a lot left between this period and the child’s entry into school. Keeping your child at home can be very expensive. The solution of the nursery is often the best.
We present here some nursery that reinvent the concept of nursery:
With round shapes and spaces of discovery, this project allows children to discover their desire to explore their living space:
Always in the spirit of discovering and climbing, here is a nursery with trees, tree leaves, nets and outdoor spaces:
The Japanese have a lot of imagination and love children. Here is another round nursery project that will delight children:
You can make your free nursery plan using the free archiplain nursery plan software.With your plans, you can ask for help from the town hall.
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We often think of renting houses or apartments to do business. But we rarely think of renting garages. This is normal because it is often difficult to buy garages without a house or apartment. One way to do this is to rent an entire car park. The area occupied by a parking lot is often not very profitable compared to the occupied area. A building with floors is often the right solution. This is often seen around airports.
We present you a car park which has the advantage of being zero energy. It is so interesting and has the merit of being modern. Although the cost of building such a building is still relatively expensive, profitability can be very interesting:
We can also transform the often ugly facades of car parks into a design decoration:
Finally, what about this beautiful facade that transforms a banal parking into an object that everyone notices:
Do you want to have a car park renovation project? Locate the abandoned car parks, find the owner on the land register, contact him, make an offer, and prepare your free parking plan with archiplain to make a calculation of profitability.
It is a widespread practice in Europe to renovate a farm. First, because the farms are solid, often built of stone, well oriented, with a solid frame, and for a reasonable price because they are located in the countryside. But it is also because it corresponds to a certain quality of life.
Here we present a farm renovation in Spain that reveals beautiful stone walls with a very modern exterior consisting of wooden terraces and a swimming pool:
In this other example, a farm was turned into a hotel in the English countryside:
Finally, old Chinese farms have been transformed into a moutain resort:
Do you want to renovate a farm?First choose an old farmhouse with walls and a solid frame.Then check that you have access to water and electricity.Then make a plan of this farm with the free archiplain farm plan editor.Finally, negotiate with your real estate agent to have the best purchase price because the renovation can be very expensive, often more expensive than the farm itself!
More informations regarding farms? Then, click on: