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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:17 am 
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I'm starting to plan out my next project: gutting and refinishing my basement (previous homeowner did a terrible job). However, I am looking for design software for planning this out. Ideally the software would make it so I could print something to give to the inspector for plans (if needed) and also to figure out how much material I need (2x4s, wire, etc.). Price is also a factor.

Anyone have any suggestions?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:27 am 
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sketchup, it's free.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:59 pm 
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Location: Farmington Hills, MI
2 votes for Sketchup

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:04 am 
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I've been playing around with sketchup and I've gotten the hang of making rough outlines of the room. However, I'm struggling with finding a way to efficiently add lots of architectural details (electrical wire entry points, outlet locations, stud locations, pipe locations, joist locations, etc.). Are there online tutorials or books that would be a good guide on how to use it?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:49 am 
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jacob -- want to sit down at a coffee shop for an hour and i can step you through it? have a laptop?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:56 am 
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One Sketchup tip is it works much better to build parts and components separately using the Make Component and Make Group editing options and then assemble them into your project. I find it most useful to build a 3D model in a way that mirrors the physical construction I will follow later when I build it.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:22 pm 
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By component, do you mean room? Or like a stud or pipe?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:22 pm 
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i'll show you when we sit down. it becomes self-evident as you select elements...


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