|I'm struggling with this problem - I have a house that needs extensive renovation. I want to invest the time now in creating a model of the property - this is a long-term project which is going to span a number of years.|
I want two things:
1. The ability to create dimensioned drawings which I can use to calculate material requirements and submit in planning applications.
2. A 3D model of the house to play around with to see how various changes look. I'd like to get fairly detailed on this, and model the interior - floors, doors, windows, stairs.
I've measured up pretty much everything and now I'm ready to start modelling. But I can't figure out what software package to use:
- Sketchup - I'm worried that it's effectively abandonware now that Google have dropped it. I can't figure out even basic things and the interface seems very counterintuitive when one gets beyond pushing and pulling blocks.
- 3D Studio - I used to be pretty reasonable on this, and I'd have no problem making a 3D model. But it would then be very hard to extract plans and dimensions from this if I need to submit planning applications etc.
- Autocad - Seems like the tool of choice here, but I can't see whether it's going to be able to produce a nice 3D render of the house so that I can see what various transformations look like.