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socceronly
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# Posted: 9 Mar 2019 18:11
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Anyone have any recommendations for software for planning a cabin?

Framing even?

Ideas?

rockies
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# Posted: 9 Mar 2019 18:21
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I use Chief Architect, the trial version. It is free but the trial version prevents you from saving your drawings (just take screen grabs to get around that). The downside is you have to leave the program open all the time because once you close it all your work is lost.

Still, it will allow you to quickly lay out a cabin, updates sections and elevations whenever you make a change and you can also create a full materials list.

Nate R
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# Posted: 9 Mar 2019 20:05
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floorplanner.com for floorplan layouts. Free.

CabinD
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# Posted: 10 Mar 2019 09:44
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I use Sketchup, it takes a bit to design your cabin but it is free and it does a great job. I have designed my bunkie and it turned out great!

Ptomaine
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# Posted: 10 Mar 2019 11:14
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I used a pad of graph paper and some pencils.

ICC
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# Posted: 10 Mar 2019 13:42 - Edited by: ICC
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Sketchup is good. I use it along with the plugins from this guy. He also has assorted other useful tools available. I do still use paper and pencil a lot too though.

Nate R
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# Posted: 10 Mar 2019 17:31
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Quoting: rockies
I use Chief Architect, the trial version.

Does Chief Architect let you do a custom framing plan/design?

I'm at teh stage that I need to draw out the stud/framing plan for each wall, and I need a way to do that easily, or I'll be drawing it by hand.

rockies
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# Posted: 10 Mar 2019 18:11 - Edited by: rockies
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Chief Architect has a function for the framing. The program will select standard sizes for posts, headers, beams etc based on code but you can also increase the size of the framing members if you want. Once you're satisfied you hit the button and it automatically creates all the framing.

It will also create 3D models of the framing, you can view individual wall framing elevations and then you can create a materials list based on either a cut list (each framing members length) or a total amount of material needed for the project (a buy list).

socceronly
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# Posted: 12 Mar 2019 15:50
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I just watched this video demonstrating the plug in Housebuilder for Sketchup

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex61yzzartA

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