Draw house plans as a layperson without any prior knowledge? That is possible! This is an advantage especially if you want to plan the renovation or new construction plans for your building project yourself. Many people put the work and thus also the new home in the hands of the architect. But with our extensive house planner software you can easily plan your construction plan in 2D as well as in 3D. Planning is made easier by smart functions, operating aids and tools, while photo-realistic images of your construction plan are created at the same time. We have summarized the most important points for the floor plan and construction planning ourselves.
Simultaneously on the move in 2D and 3D
With our software for flexible house planning, drawing floor plans is child’s play. Especially as a layperson, you may not have extensive room imagination – but this in no way puts you at a disadvantage when drawing the floor plan! Because our software processes your drawing and the data in parallel in 2D and 3D, which creates extensive construction plans. At the same time, you are guaranteed to find a method that makes drawing easier for you. So some people prefer to work exclusively in 2D mode. However, if you want to keep a precise overview, you prefer to plan in 3D mode. Or you can combine the two modes by drawing examples in 2D mode and switching to 3D mode in between to get a better feel for the construction planning.
Smart house planning: this is how the software thinks for you
Our software has always been designed to be operated by laypeople. For this reason, various functions were integrated in the design, which let the software always think smart and automatically. Thus, the program already recognizes during the drawing process if you want to position elements flush with the existing building. This adds further steps and relieves you of work.
In addition, our house planning software offers you numerous other gadgets that make drawing particularly easy for you as a layperson. This includes, for example, the optional automatic dimensioning of rooms, so you always have an overview. At the same time, in your interest, it is important to us that you always receive an individual alternative. This means that the various automatic functions can of course also be taken over manually. In the name of the simple design of house plans, the following functions can also be found:
- Individual design of elements: With our software you can easily design and create various constructs and elements yourself. This creates unique structures with an equally individual design.
- Automatic creation of the 3D model: While you are planning the house, the software always draws in the background and at the same time creates a 3D model of your plan in photorealistic quality. You can examine this drawing simply by switching to 3D mode with a click of the mouse. You can also work using both views at the same time.
- Automatic checks: Our software acts as your assistant in the drawing of the plan and draws your attention to various errors. For example, the program recognizes crooked walls and marks them for you.
- uncomplicated and diverse design of your project: our house planner software does not only focus on the actual construction. In addition, the program is also suitable for (re) designing your premises, as a total of several million objects are available for furnishing and furnishing. You are already planning your living concept. Alternatively, the software is also suitable for comparing different living styles if you want to redesign an existing building, for example.
- All kinds of symbols to draw in: In a floor plan, just as many symbols are required which are integrated into the plan. Our software makes all of these available to you, again paying attention to German building standards.
In addition to such functions, we have also paid attention to the extensive display of our software. On the one hand, this makes planning easier. On the other hand, this ensures the possible use of your plans for the building application. In this sense, such functions include:
- Free zooming in the 2D floor plan as well as showing and hiding floors: You can always view the plan flexibly so that you get a better overview. You can therefore easily zoom into the floor plan by simply turning the mouse pad. Especially when planning multi-storey buildings, the focus is again on a proper overview of the various floors. This is why you can easily show and hide the floors.
- Different representations: Your plan is simply animated by a wide variety of representations. This applies, for example, to the view in 2D and 3D mode, but also to the representations of the most varied of sections. The German building standards were observed, which also makes your plan useful for the building application.
- Colored marking of the floor plan: So that you always have an overview, especially with extensive construction projects, you can simply color the plan in 2D mode and thus assign the different rooms and areas.
House planning from A to Z
Our software is suitable for drawing, planning and designing the entire home area. In this sense, you ensure the individual creation of optical components as well as technical ones. Because with the program you also create escape routes as well as technical and sanitary plans. This is particularly important for the subsequent virtual design of your premises.
Just work with the architect
With our software, you are involved in the planning phase of your building project and thus work directly with your architect. Because the files created are compatible with the most common architecture software and are therefore suitable for use by experts.
The traditional way: plan drawing by hand
You don’t always want to rely on software and technology when planning your house. Nowadays there are numerous programs, like ours, which are also suitable for you as a layperson for drawing floor plans – but they are not for everyone. Perhaps you would like to be involved in the planning, but not use a program at the same time. That is possible! After all, not so long ago all house plans were drawn by hand. With a few tips and tricks and just a few utensils, you can also design your floor plan on paper. This creates high-quality plans in which you can realize your ideas and concepts relating to construction. However, to ensure that this step succeeds, we have summarized the most important points for you.
You have to take this into account when drawing by hand
It’s not difficult to draw a floor plan. However, it is far more complicated to comply with all kinds of requirements, such as norms and standards. This is important so that the floor plan created can actually be read and processed. If you are only interested in presenting your ideas, you can also proceed in a less extensive manner. In this case, however, you have to expect that the architect can only partially integrate the plans into the planning. Everything looks different, however, if you have paid attention to the various standards when drawing the floor plan and thus create a plan according to the requirements of building law.
But please note in advance: The really detailed drawing of floor plans by hand can only be carried out with a lot of concentration and effort as a layperson. Therefore, if you do not have any technical knowledge, experience or drawing talent, software is probably more suitable in your case. Because with these, the most important points relating to standards and technical requirements are automatically recorded, while you only take care of the things that are essential for you.
Norms and standards related to the construction plan
We have summarized the most important norms and standards for you, which you have to take into account when drawing the floor plan by hand. In addition to these general standards, there is additional information that specializes in the individual areas. These include, for example:
DIN 919 for the regulation of technical drawings of wood processing
DIN 1986 for the regulation of drainage drawings
and other standards
Here you have to orientate yourself on your project and your plan, which give more information about the additionally required standards.
DIN 5 / ISO 5456: type of projection
The focus here is on the type of projection of the construction drawing. You can choose between diametric and isometric distortions for parallel projection.
DIN 1356 / ISO 2594 / ISO 4157 / ISO 7518: Lines and hatching
Hatching and lines must be drawn in properly within the plan. In doing so, you must adhere to the applicable international standards.
DIN 201 / ISO 138-50: Cut surfaces and building materials
In a building project, numerous building materials are used, which must be properly labeled. That is why this standard specifies how various cut surfaces and building materials must be represented in your plan.
DIN 406: lettering
Your blueprint consists of two important components:
1. the actual drawing
2. the labels
Because only when all areas have been correctly marked and labeled, the floor plan can be adopted and processed. It is important to observe the specified regulations so that the plan can be properly understood, processed and implemented.
As a layperson, this range of standards can seem overwhelming. In this case, software is suitable that automatically adopts these standards during the drawing on the screen.
With a few utensils to the floor plan
If you still decide on the floor plan on paper and on your own and if you have familiarized yourself with the most important standards and specifications for the drawing, you only need the appropriate utensils. The good news here is that you can get ahead with just a few materials. With this in mind, you need:
Millimeter paper: When drawing floor plans, no smooth paper is used. Instead, graph paper is a handy tool for accurately drawing your building project. Because on the paper with a fine grid you can draw the floor plan in the desired scale down to the millimeter.
Tracing paper: In addition to the graph paper, you should also have enough tracing paper on hand. Because you will most likely need several plans, and the constant re-drawing of the floor plan takes a lot of work. This step is made easier with tracing paper.
Pencil: And not just any pencil! Instead, technical drawings of construction plans rely on mines with a high degree of hardness. You should therefore have several pencils in 2H or harder. In addition, do not rely on other pens that are supposed to make your work easier. Because pencils have always been used and are ideal for simply erasing and repairing mistakes.
Ruler: The graph paper already gives you the most important guidelines and lines, but the drawing must be drawn in just as precisely. This is where rulers, or even more practical: set squares, are used.
Alternatively, you also need:
Tape measure: This is particularly important when making modifications and therefore drawing existing objects. In this way, the dimensions can be displayed in the correct scale.
Calculator: Better safe than sorry. In some places a calculator can relieve you of a lot of work and you avoid gross mistakes in the drawing.
Cardboard and scissors: If you want to design and create individual furniture, you can prefabricate it with cardboard and scissors and use them for planning.
How to draw the floor plan yourself by hand
When drawing your floor plan, proceed step by step. In this way, a high-quality floor plan of your building project slowly builds up and you go into more and more detail.
Step 1: draw the longest wall. The sheet size and the following lines are based on this.
Step 2: choose a scale. This must be precisely calculated and applied at every step of the drawing. As a rule, you choose a free scale, whereby a ratio of 1: 100 has proven itself.
Step 3: Once you have chosen the scale, the wall drawn in step 1 must be converted accordingly.
Step 4: Now it’s time to draw in the walls. Start with the outside walls to create an outline for your project. Once you’ve done this, draw in the interior walls that will form the rooms. Work with the selected scale again.
Step 5: The floor plan is in place and you now dare to start the detailed planning. This involves drawing in various elements and components that will later be permanently installed in the house. This includes windows, doors, stairs, bay windows and the like. Proceed as detailed as possible. This means that the length of the door leaf and the direction of the stairs must also be visible. Radiators, sockets and light switches can also be drawn in in this step, as these have a significant impact on the interior design.
Step 6: Now take care of the design of your space and carry out the interior design. You can now take care of the conception of living styles or draw specific facilities if you are sure about them. Not sure yet? Then first draw the desired pieces of furniture in the scale used on a piece of cardboard and cut them out. You can now place the stencils on the plan and thus facilitate the interior design.
Tips and tricks for a successful construction plan
While you are drawing your blueprint, it is not just about the technical aspects and the optics. In addition, you must also pay attention to details that will later significantly influence the quality of life in the rooms. This applies, for example, to:
The orientation of the building: When positioning living rooms and terraces, also pay attention to the respective wind directions. For example, so that your living room benefits particularly from sunlight, it is best to set up the windows facing south.
Ventilation: So that the air quality is high and there is no moisture, specific ventilation systems must operate in your building. This is especially true for bathrooms and kitchens.
Storage space: Often you get lost in the stylish planning of your building and forget practical aspects in the process. With this in mind, plan enough storage space. This can take the form of storage rooms, attics or basements, for example.
Costs: You certainly have a budget to pursue to make your dream home come true. This must not be disregarded when planning. As a tip, we recommend that you classify which areas are particularly and less important to you in order to proceed accordingly.