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See this question. Google Sketchup seems to be a good option if you don't want to pay big bucks. Also, here's a tutorial for framing layout in Sketchup.
I personally use Google SketchUp to model both the interior and exterior of our house. It may not have the depth of features you're looking for but if you're going for open source freeware that's pretty usable out of the gate you can't go wrong. As a side note, I have seen some people use Blender to do modeling, though more for in-home manufacturing.
You need to learn to use Components in SketchUp; they do exactly what you want. They do not "stick" to other parts of your model and won't affect other lines/etc but you can still snap to them when drawing. Also, you can go into a component and edit it, and the changes will be reflected in all the copies you have made of that component (or, you can break a ...
Sketchup might seem a little intimidating at first, but it is very easy to learn and use. There are a lot of great tutorial videos online. Also there are tons of free models available for furniture, fixtures etc. I have tried a few specialized 3D home modeling programs. They all have a learning curve much steeper then sketchup and at the same time often ...
I use the open source QCad software, which is available for several platforms. I use the Linux version (Ubuntu) but also tested the Mac OSX version which is time limited. The application is a little bit disappointing if you think in terms of line/shape primitives such as in usual vector based drawing software. Initially I think this kind of software was ...
This isn't exactly what you're looking for, but I would suggest that you try Autodesk Homestyler. An example in design mode And a feature that renders your design into almost life like pictures!
You could try creating your own plug-ins using the Google Sketchup Ruby API. You may also be able to find some useful ones that others have created, this site offers some and I'm sure a Google search will revile other sites with similar offerings like this one. Google Sketchup API Documentation Google Sketchup Community Forum Here is another good plug-in ...
For solid 2D performance I've always been a fan of Microsoft Visio. I use it for everything from electrical layouts to micro electronics signal flow to civil engineering sketches. The learning curve is minimal if you've ever used any other Microsoft productivity suite. You can also download oodles of templates and design objects, as well as import images, ...
Sweet Home 3D runs in Java on Linux, and Windows. It is very easy to use and a good tool for a quick, "90% perfect" sketch. Very good for indoor sketches. For outdoor sketches I suggest Inkscape. Sometimes I use Inkscape, because I can draw things there much faster then in any CAD program. Of course I do not have the CAD features like "calculate area" and ...
Graph paper. Seriously. Here is what I did to layout my kitchen (after trying sketch up): Measure the space. Outline your walls on graph paper 1 square = 1 foot. Make a few copies of this, and save the original. Make your appliances as little cutouts, or, just draw out on your draft-copies of graph paper until you like what you have. Unless you do this ...
-FreeCAD (Hard 3D, most precise) -SketchUpBIM (Moderate 3D, less precise) -Floorplanner (Easiest 3D, least precise) (allows one project for free) I've used all three of the above and settled on SketchUpBIM; fully measuring and designing my 100 year old house in 3D. It took a while to do, most of the time spent learning the software, but I've found it ...
Good roundup of tools from here: http://www.charlesandhudson.com/archives/2010/07/3d_virtual_room_planning_tools.htm A couple that stand out, both run in your browser, and allow drag-and-drop of furniture/appliacnes etc, measurements on walls, as well as 3D renderings. Autodesk Homestyler MyDeco 3D
here is the other idea how to make component to goggle skecthUp Once you make your own design by goggle skecthUp, after you done your design, capture them all the way down,then right click from your mouse,then click make component,then name it/description/create/ then go to statistic/ then save as/ go to folder where ever you want to save your component.if ...
I have tried CatStd http://www.cadstd.com/ some. It works OK, but I'm not well versed in it. It does save in dxf format. When I did my basement, I used an older version of 3D Home Architect. It was extremely easy to use, but I don't remember if it saved in dxf format.
I tried using Punch Home Design for my renovation. It was ok, but really slow by the time you chucked in a lot of details. My neighbour, who is in the building industry and managing all aspects of her renovation, used Sketchup. Having seen the quality of her drawings I'd definitely go the Sketchup route. As for Blender - not unless you already know it ...
SketchUp is good, but Blender is also a possibility. As far as getting someone to do it for you, I wouldn't know the best place for that. In terms of cost, it depends on how good the person is and how much detail you want. A rough visualization would take only a little bit of time, but more detailed stuff would take quite a while. A little warning, ...
try to go here as well, is good for the beginner user http://sketchup.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=116174&cbid=107x69sr2freo&src=cb&lev=index
Take a look at a program called Moi3d I find that it is really easy to work with (more than SketchUP) You can see in 3D from all perspectives and if you have the skill you can also render the created designs. It cant do 2d Design, but you can export the perspectives into quite a few formats which you can later use as your technical drawing.
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