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    • #709797
      paddy headz
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      I have no experience in the field what so ever but would love to have a go at trying,
      Is there a “user friendly” software that can help teach you to design?
      Only interested in doing private houses.

      I am a contractor and have always had an interest

      Thanks

      Paddy.

    • #797088
      Anonymous
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      Best thing to do, being a contracor your lucky to have a craft background is to built a card or timber model. You’ll need a scale ruler, metal ruler, scalpel ( surgical blade) and cardboard/ foam board. Make a large 1:50 model and keep remaking and modifying it till its right. Computer models can look very contrived. Sketch up is a program but its only a tool. I know an architect who builds a full scale model of his buildings on site strawbales and timber to see where windows would frame views and how shafts of sunlight could illuminate the interior. Guess he never liked scale rulers.

    • #797089
      Anonymous
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      @paddy headz wrote:

      I have no experience in the field what so ever but would love to have a go at trying,
      Is there a “user friendly” software that can help teach you to design?
      Only interested in doing private houses.

      I am a contractor and have always had an interest

      Thanks

      Paddy.

      I hope there isn’t otherwise I’ll have wasted 6 years at university and about 20 years of practical experience.

    • #797090
      Anonymous
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      @paddy headz wrote:

      I have no experience in the field what so ever but would love to have a go at trying,
      Is there a “user friendly” software that can help teach you to design?
      Only interested in doing private houses.

      I am a contractor and have always had an interest

      Thanks

      Paddy.

      you could look at ‘sketchup’… its free
      http://www.sketchup.com/index.php?title=2

      but i would have to second wnhs post……. if you plan on doing this professionally then you should first seek out professional training and education. Its ok to mess about with design, but if you are going to provide a service and charge for it then you have lots of responsibilities.

    • #797091
      Anonymous
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      I have a version of this and it is excellent

      http://www.punchsoftware.com/index.htm?SSAID=171704

      Can be got online or via amazon

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