Floor Plan Software - ideally free ??

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    Floor Plan Software - ideally free ??

    Hi All

    Can anyone recommend any free software for preparing floor plans for local council ?

    If poss, I would also like to get 3d - something like this;



    Thanks

    #2
    If you are sending plans to the council, please tell us why they are wanted.

    Much of what the council wants will have to be to Land Registry Standard, especially if it's needed for planning permission, change of use, or CLEUD, These plans have to be certified to a certain level of accuracy, and you can't do that yourself.

    Why would the council need a 3 dimensional plan?

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      #3
      This any good?
      http://www.gliffy.com/uses/floor-plan-software/

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        #4
        Originally posted by Sad S View Post
        If you are sending plans to the council, please tell us why they are wanted.

        Much of what the council wants will have to be to Land Registry Standard, especially if it's needed for planning permission, change of use, or CLEUD, These plans have to be certified to a certain level of accuracy, and you can't do that yourself.

        Why would the council need a 3 dimensional plan?

        Hi

        Actually, I would like to do plans for two reasons - one for a planning application and the other to put on a website for prospective tenants to view (alongside photos).

        IF I can get software that covers the planning but has the 3D benefit as well, then great.

        I have submitted a planning application before (though not housing related) and was told that as long as the plans are clear to the person viewing them, and are drawn to scale, you can submit them hand written on the inside of a cereal box.

        I was quoted £7,000 for submitting that planning application with the plans and did it myself over a couple of weeks for less than £50 (plus planning fee).

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          #5
          Originally posted by Snorkerz View Post
          Thanks - but very awkward software to use.

          I did spend two hours with one piece of software yesterday and then it asked for £8 to save/print which was fine - took me to payment page and it changed to nearly £100.

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            #6
            GIMP can do pretty much all Photoshop can do but is free.

            Never tried it for 3D plans though..
            I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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              #7
              I've heard good things about Google Sketchup (and it's both free and 3D) but have never tried it myself

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                #8
                Just had a play with mobile agent - 15 day free trial.

                Still not sure about it but here's first 3D attempt

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                  #9
                  I've used Google Sketchup, and it was OK.

                  Pricey to upgrade to Pro, so check carefully.

                  ML
                  Refer Mad Regulators to Arkell vs Pressdram.

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                    #10
                    I have tried a few now and I hate 3D I just wanted to create simple 2D floor plans, I might be old fashion but I wasted so much time on different software just trying to create simple plans, I found a good simple pieace of software with a free trial called visualfloorplanner simple tools to create quick floor plans of my properties, even I can use it.

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