Planning an Addition? Refurnishing? 2 CD-ROMs Can Help

By Szadkowski, Joseph | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), September 18, 1997 | Go to article overview

Planning an Addition? Refurnishing? 2 CD-ROMs Can Help


Szadkowski, Joseph, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


In milder climates such as that in the mid-Atlantic region, a little remodeling may be on this fall's agenda.

A great tool for either the home planner or interior designer, Broderbund Software Inc.'s 3D Home Architect Deluxe and 3D Home Interiors are two simple-to-use CD-ROM programs.

Even a novice will soon be planning a new addition or developing a home-construction project. Within one hour of working with Home Architect, this reviewer had a working blueprint of a kitchen addition, complete with cabinetry and appliances.

Exterior and interior wall measurements are created easily with a drag of the mouse. As the line is drawn, its length is clearly displayed, eliminating any guesswork.

For individuals without a rock-steady mouse hand, the program assists the creator by squarely snapping together walls. Conversely, the designer can also easily adjust walls to larger or smaller dimensions. Again, clear measurement guides are a great help.

One pleasant aspect of this program is the way the user inserts doors and windows, a task that can be difficult with some programs.

On the flat blueprint drawing, it is a matter of simply dragging a template to the approximate spot on the wall where the opening should be. The user can then change the view perspective to a 3D rendering, providing a pinpoint-accurate view of the wall, with the opening outlined.

It is as elementary as clicking on the opening and moving it along the wall. Length-measurement guides appear to show exactly where the opening is being placed.

In addition to 2D and 3D elevation views, users can also choose to inspect the plan from a bird's-eye or cross-section view.

Once anterior walls, windows and doors are placed, basic cabinetry, appliance, furnishings, staircase and lighting designs and 110-volt electrical outlets can all be placed via a simple icon click. The at-home planner has access to a library of more than 400 in fixture, appliance, furniture and other design choices.

Users, particularly those working on major reconstruction projects, will appreciate the programs' Plan Check option, which instantly reviews the on-line blueprint and alerts the creator to any errors it may detect.

Of course, still have a professional review the project to make sure mistakes are not made.

What makes 3D Home Architect particularly useful is that items can be customized to fit individual needs. For those who are remodeling a home to meet requirements and codes for the handicapped, this flexibility on standard building norms could be extremely important.

Most users will find the 3D Home Architect Tips folder a helpful place to spend some time. This file includes video clips from "The Home Pro" and libraries of articles from American Homestyle magazine. …

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