Designing a Remodel

When we began designing our loft apartment, we went through lots of graph paper and pads of paper sketching what we wanted.  I even tried cutting templates from graph paper, while trying to make everything to scale.  Way too tedious for me!

Brian said he’d show me how to use his AutoCAD software (computer-aided design.)  I tried that.  Saying it wasn’t easy is a mild understatement.  I’ve used all kinds of software.  I even taught myself html and javascript.  But I just couldn’t get AutoCAD.

I searched Amazon and just when I had almost settled for a graph paper package, I found this awesome package.  This Home Quick Planner includes 700 pre-cut, reusable peel-and-stick, 1/4-inch scale furniture and architectural symbols.  It also includes a 5600 square foot floor plan grid to help you design your own building, remodeling or decorating projects.

Symbols include everything you need from tables, chairs, couches, beds and pianos to every standard kitchen cabinet and appliance, an extensive assortment of bathroom fixtures and cabinets, doors, windows, walls, switches, outlets, lights and so much more. You simply arrange everything on the floor plan grid to design floor plans, move furniture and make changes.

Step-by-step instructions and design details include critical dimensions and clearances in order to help you improve your design and save money.

Before we began designing, I researched the best plumbing layout.  My goal was to have a great design with a goal of saving money.  I researched and determined the most efficient plumbing layout was to use a common wall for most of your plumbing.

Once we determined we wanted to have a common wall for most of our plumbing, we used this package to design our entire layout.  I spent countless hours arranging and rearranging our walls and fixtures.  Designing was very easy with this package.  I simply placed walls, added fixtures and continued moving stickers around until I had the design I loved!  Then I discussed with Brian and moved more things around until we had a design we both loved!

My original layout
This the last draft of my original layout. 

This is my last design prior to Brian starting our AutoCAD drawings.  We moved a few fixtures and doors but the design basically stayed the same. Luckily, in addition to all the other hats Brian wears, he knows AutoCAD very well.  Brian worked for years as a drafter, using AutoCAD.  He was able to complete the computerized drawings for our design in order to give our architect what he needed.

I would definitely recommend this easy to use, no technology needed, design package for any remodeling, building or design projects!

Thanks for joining our journey!


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