Hiring an architect is very costly. If you have the right software at hand, you can do the planning from home. The 3D CAD BIM software simplifies many work steps and provides a comprehensive package with useful tools.

The floor plan

The basis of every house planning is the floor plan. The ArCADia BIM 3D architect software is particularly suitable for this. The software enables both the creation of the floor plan and an area calculation. For this purpose only the existing information has to be entered. The program then uses the intelligent 2D mode to develop the corresponding design. The creation is simplified by the fact that dynamic lines are integrated. In addition to the living space calculation, other components such as power and plant systems can also be created. The sanitary facilities and the heating systems can be integrated directly here. You can use an extensive tool of around 1800 2D symbols.

Different modes of representation

The architect software enables a model to be built in 2-D or 3-D view. It is also possible to switch from 2-D to 3-D view. So you can first create the floor plan including all fixtures such as doors, windows, stairs and walls and then display the result in a 3-D view. Changes and adjustments to the model are basically possible in both views.

Planning the roof structure

The construction of the roof can be taken over in the next step. Here you can bring your own ideas and design the roof according to your personal ideas. But not only the roof itself, but also structures such as dormers, terraces or the opening of skylights is possible virtually. You can do this by entering specific information such as dimensions and angles.

Planning the interior

The Arcadia BIM 3D architect software has an extensive menu with over 10,000 3-D elements. You can easily insert these elements into the previous construction as you wish. Elements can be exchanged, removed or otherwise placed in order to get an idea of ​​the room design. In order to optimize the result visually, the software even offers views from certain manufacturers or third-party providers. These elements can be created and inserted using an import function. In addition, you can use other object sets from a ready-made portfolio. This gives you pragmatic living ideas and furnishing solutions that are tailored to specific living spaces. This tool is particularly suitable, for example, for the development and visualization of a fitted kitchen. It is also possible to save different drafts and then compare them with one another. This is done via the so-called layer management.

The garden software

Not only the house itself, but also the garden can be designed in a 3-D view using the software. All conceivable options are available here. Be it ponds, paths, beds, terraces or various plants. All design elements can be freely selected and combined with one another to create your own design. By entering information about the surroundings or different backgrounds and landscapes, planning becomes even more vivid.

Presentation in 3-D

A project can also be created in the form of a presentation. The highly efficient 3-D engine is responsible for this. With this tool, the design can be visualized in a photo-realistic quality. The view is refined down to the smallest detail. The calculation is done in real time. To make the presentation look as realistic as possible, the program also uses elements such as shadow games, reflections and reflections. The result of the visualization can also be viewed in a visual tour.

Start of house planning

It is best to start with the floor plan. After opening the application, various other elements can be added to the floor plan, such as windows, doors, stairs and walls. A house construction thus comes together piece by piece. In the next step, you have the option of delimiting the individual living areas. Once the rooms have been used, they can also be furnished. Thus, the software also takes on the function of an interior designer.

With attention to detail to the individual dream home

The software offers the opportunity to try it out. There are no limits to your imagination. Countless dream homes can be created from the tools offered. But the view is so vivid that it looks very real and thus represents a fairly accurate representation of the later reality. The software is also designed in such a way that it can be used intuitively after a while. This makes your own planning and implementation easier. With the software, you become an architect yourself.

Implementation of the ideas

The software supports the implementation of the ideas through the various viewing options. The 3-D view in particular enables a very detailed visualization. All living ideas are implemented after a brief review. The examination by an architect is also omitted. The system checks the feasibility of the individual steps so that one does not have to rely on the ideas and expertise of a third party. You can plan at your own pace and implement your ideas independently of the ideas of a particular architect. Only at a later stage do the relevant authorities require architects to participate.

Visions of the future

In most cases, you don’t know what the construction project will look like until it’s finished. That is how long you have to be patient and use your own imagination. Thanks to the professional planning with Arcadia BIM 3-D Architects, you now have the opportunity to assess the finished result before construction begins. A total of three different software versions are offered. The Arcadia BIM 3-D architect enables planning down to the smallest detail. You yourself plan the house building step by step, so that you develop a completely new understanding and understand the planning much better. In addition, you have the opportunity to question individual designs and re-roll plans. The nice thing about this software is that it wasn’t just designed for professional use. Even as an inexperienced layman, you can use this program to build a house. Overall, the software with its model design gives a glimpse of the future. The building of a house thus loses the uncertainty that would always resonate with a conventional graphic sketch. You know exactly what to expect and can be sure that the result is also satisfactory and meets your own expectations.

Easy yet professional implementation

Many software applications and require a longer training period and professional expertise. Not so with this software. Care was taken to ensure that operation is particularly easy. The individual steps will succeed quite intuitively over time. Nevertheless, the result does not lose its professionalism. All constructions are extremely high quality and comprehensive. In addition to the floor plan, the entire house structure can be displayed including all rooms, floors and the individual roof construction. Garden planning can also be taken over. If you are still unsure about this, you can try the trial version first. If this is convincing, professional planning can start and the conception is in your own hands.

3-D planning: a step-by-step guide

So that the dream house is really a dream house in the end and all the planned steps can be implemented, the basic planning must be perfect. In the first step, you should think about the size of the property, i.e. determine the dimensions of the living space. This idea must be compared with the given size of the property and checked for feasibility. In principle, house planning not only includes pure visualization, but also cost planning and the selection of the raw materials to be installed. You also have to be clear about what type of house you want and what the optical shape of the house should be. The interior also needs to be carefully considered.

The first step: the property search and living space determination

Nothing works without the right property. Therefore, you have to look around first to find a suitable plot of land. Only then can the actual planning begin. Here it is advisable to obtain the so-called development plan from the responsible municipality. In this, all important data are noted for the property. Here you can find the size of the property, the building area and the gross floor area as well as the exact shape of the property. The development plan also contains information about the usable area, the reason for use and the possible number of floors. Finally, it is precisely specified here, parking spaces or ancillary buildings are available and how it behaves with the roof structure. Important building boundaries are drawn in and you can see how big the individual floors are.

The second step: the base area determination

Now it is important to find out which type of development you want to choose. Typical house forms are either the single-family house, the apartment building, the row house, the bungalow or the semi-detached house. The planning depends on the one hand on the size and shape of the property and on the other hand, of course, on the budgeting.

The family home

The single-family house is a detached house that is inhabited by a single family. The house is usually placed in the middle of the property so that the surrounding areas run around the house. There is no direct connection to other houses or properties. There are various advantages to building a single-family home. You have to be less careful with the noise level. If you have children or pets, you also have more space to play and to design your garden freely. Single-family houses are multi-storey houses with a ground floor and an upper floor. In addition, there is your own garden. In addition, there is the possibility of building a garage or carport on the property. The planning of a cellar or an attic extension is of course possible on request. Single-family houses can be divided into further sub-categories. Here you will find, among other things, the wooden house, the prefabricated house or the solid house. The single-family house is usually the most expensive option. However, you are also free to plan here. This also applies to the energy supply and thermal insulation. There are also interesting funding from the start.

The rowhouse

The terraced house is similar in structure to a single-family house. However, it is not free-standing, but the outer walls each adjoin another row house. From the entrance there is a path or directly to the front garden. The plot area is smaller due to this construction method. However, there are advantages in the area of ​​insulation and thus savings in energy costs. The number of floors in a row house can be divided into two or three floors. The ground floor is often built lighter and higher. Townhouses don’t offer as much privacy as single-family homes. By erecting a privacy screen, you can still create clear demarcations from the neighborhood.

Own design of a terraced house

A terraced house can also be developed and represented vividly with the help of Arcadia BIM 3D architect software. Starting with the floor plan, all further steps as described above can also be carried out for this type of house. The result is visualized in the 3-D view. Another useful feature of the software is that you can also scan prefabricated floor plans and thus transfer them to the software. However, it is advisable to use the software to design the floor plan, as this is more precise.

The semi-detached house

The semi-detached house is a variant of a single-family house with a row house. The difference is that the semi-detached house only adjoins the adjacent building on one outer wall. A family lives in every house unit. The wall between the two house units is not insulated. It is a pure noise and fire protection wall. This can reduce costs. Each household has a separate entrance. Another distinguishing feature is that both houses are identical in construction. They are visually identical in a mirrored form. The extension of the semi-detached house is usually divided into a ground floor, an upper floor and optionally also a cellar and an attic. The semi-detached house also has its own garden. Semi-detached houses can be built as a prefabricated house, as an extension house or as a solid house. In terms of price, they are in the middle between the single-family house and the terraced house.

The bungalow

The bungalow is a variant of the single-family home. The difference is that a bungalow is one story. In addition, it does not have a pitched roof, but mostly a flat roof. The construction of a bungalow offers various advantages. It is well suited for families with children, for example, as the risk of falling due to the lack of stairs is minimized. The bungalow construction is also suitable for age-appropriate living, as all rooms can be reached at ground level. The same applies to the accommodation of disabled people. All living areas can be easily reached with a rollator or wheelchair. The construction of the bungalow is free-standing. Possible construction methods are the prefabricated house, the solid house, the wooden house or the extension house. More rarely, the bungalow is provided with a saddle or hipped roof. It makes sense to adjust the size of the property accordingly, as the expansion can only be done in width and not in height.

Third step: how can costs be saved?

By choosing the right type of house, costs can be saved. There are different types of houses available on the market. There is the prefabricated house, the semi-finished house, the solid house, the passive house or the wooden house.

The prefabricated house

In the case of a prefabricated house, the house has already been designed. It is delivered in individual parts so that it only has to be put together afterwards. You basically get a finished building set. One advantage of the prefabricated house is that it can be completed quickly. This also leads to the fact that the costs are very low. In addition, there are no costs for an architect. Prefabricated houses offer the possibility of individual participation in certain areas. For example, when choosing the building material. Some possible building materials are concrete, wood, brick or lime-sandstone. The Arcadia BIM 3D architect software also enables the creation of a prefabricated house.

The bare house

In the case of an extension house, the framework of the house construction is specified. In other words, the exterior architecture is provided as an empty shell, so that only the interior fittings have to be carried out according to individual wishes. The finished structure primarily includes the outer walls, which are already plastered and insulated, as well as the doors, windows, ceilings, stairs, the cellar, shutters and the roof. In addition, the pipes have already been laid and all basic elements such as water, sewage, electricity, gas supply and radiators have already been integrated. At this stage, the 3-D software can start, with which the interior fittings can then be designed according to individual wishes.

The solid house

The solid house differs from a prefabricated house, for example, in that it is much more solid. This is achieved by the fact that the outer walls are still made of bricks. As a result, solid houses achieve increased noise protection, improved insulation, more fire resistance and also higher heat storage. Overall, the durability of these houses is significantly increased due to their solid construction. Even with a solid house, the 3-D software can support the entire construction and expansion and, if desired, also visualize renovation work.

The passive house

The special thing about a passive house is the high energy efficiency. Compared to other house types, the energy efficiency values ​​can be reduced by up to 80%. It is common for the interior temperature of a passive house to be around 20 ° C. This corresponds to a maximum value of 15 kW / h. The passive house can be heated with 1.5 liters of heating oil per year. Overall, however, the construction costs are significantly higher and the construction is more extensive. The nice thing is that different house types can be implemented as passive houses. This applies to both single-family houses and multi-family houses. Here, too, the Arcadia software helps with the design. The passive house is a good choice for anyone who wants to live environmentally conscious.

The wooden house

The last type of house is the wooden house. As the name suggests, this house is mainly made of wood. This means that it meets a particularly ecological requirement. Furthermore, wooden houses have a certain charm and they bring a cozy atmosphere. Many people also like the smell of the wood itself. It is disadvantageous to mention here that wooden houses have an increased maintenance effort and the running costs are also higher.

Fourth step: the various components

The roof

The components include the roof. With the program one has the possibility to choose between different roof constructions. There are flat roofs, mansard roofs, pent roofs or even gable roofs, as well as other special shapes. Depending on the choice of dormer window, the living space can also be increased in a targeted manner. Here one can think about an interior construction of the attic. Constructions are also conceivable in which an exit in the roof leads to a roof terrace or balcony.

The window

The selection of the right windows and their placement is very important. On the one hand, windows take on a functional property. They are used for heat and sound insulation. But windows also have a visual effect. They regulate the incidence of light and can thus ensure that rooms are flooded with light. When choosing the window, you can choose between different designs. The windows differ in the type of glass or in their shape. Windows with multiple glazing and additional insulation are a good choice. This optimizes the energy costs. You should also pay attention to the thickness of the glass. Windows that offer burglary protection can also be ordered here. The structure of a window basically includes the window frame as well as the window filling and the window sash.

The stairs

Stairs are essential when it comes to multi-story buildings. There are both the outside stairs and the stairs inside the house. They connect the individual floors with each other and line the entrance. They can be very different in their type and shape. There are stairs made of wood, glass or even more massive models made of concrete. As a little tip, you should use non-slip steps.

The doors

Each house has a different number of doors. This includes the front door, the balcony door and the individual room doors. Variants of a patio door are, for example, also sliding doors. Above all, with the outer doors you should make sure that they bring weather and burglary protection with them. In addition, doors with sound insulation are generally recommended. There are also different versions when it comes to the choice of material. The most common models are either made of wood, plastic, aluminum or glass.

The fifth step: suitable house planning programs

When choosing software for architects, a good price-performance ratio is very important. You should look at the various advantages of the program and see which type of application would be useful for your own project and which functions are personally important to you.

The advantages

With professional application software, you can work in a particularly time-efficient manner. The program enables immediate and independent implementation of your own ideas. This eliminates the risk of communication errors with an external architect. In addition, programs of this type also bring about cost savings, as the architect’s earnings are lost. In addition, you are completely involved in the planning yourself and know it down to the smallest detail. Another advantage is that architect software brings with it a high degree of flexibility. Drafts can be corrected, changed or completely redesigned at any time. This is comparatively time and cost neutral.

The window

The selection of the right windows and their placement is very important. On the one hand, windows take on a functional property. They are used for heat and sound insulation. But windows also have a visual effect. They regulate the incidence of light and can thus ensure that rooms are flooded with light. When choosing the window, you can choose between different designs. The windows differ in the type of glass or in their shape. Windows with multiple glazing and additional insulation are a good choice. This optimizes the energy costs. You should also pay attention to the thickness of the glass. Windows that offer burglary protection can also be ordered here. The structure of a window basically includes the window frame as well as the window filling and the window sash.

The stairs

Stairs are essential when it comes to multi-story buildings. There are both the outside stairs and the stairs inside the house. They connect the individual floors with each other and line the entrance. They can be very different in their type and shape. There are stairs made of wood, glass or even more massive models made of concrete. As a little tip, you should use non-slip steps.

The doors

Each house has a different number of doors. This includes the front door, the balcony door and the individual room doors. Variants of a patio door are, for example, also sliding doors. Above all, with the outer doors you should make sure that they bring weather and burglary protection with them. In addition, doors with sound insulation are generally recommended. There are also different versions when it comes to the choice of material. The most common models are either made of wood, plastic, aluminum or glass.

The fifth step: suitable house planning programs

When choosing software for architects, a good price-performance ratio is very important. You should look at the various advantages of the program and see which type of application would be useful for your own project and which functions are personally important to you.

The advantages

With professional application software, you can work in a particularly time-efficient manner. The program enables immediate and independent implementation of your own ideas. This eliminates the risk of communication errors with an external architect. In addition, programs of this type also bring about cost savings, as the architect’s earnings are lost. In addition, you are completely involved in the planning yourself and know it down to the smallest detail. Another advantage is that architect software brings with it a high degree of flexibility. Drafts can be corrected, changed or completely redesigned at any time. This is comparatively time and cost neutral.