Several Web applications (also called "applets") exist to help you design your home. Though you may have no design experience, these applets, applied to existing house plans, will let you design a plan much more easily than is possible with traditional design software (e.g. computer-aided design programs). In creating your design, consider both present and future space needs of your family. Also, ensure that your design works with your existing furnishings.
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Things you need
- Paper and pencil
Print several sample plans from a link listed in Resources, then circle the portions of each that you'd like for your original plan. Create a single, original plan by tracing or sketching on plain paper the circled areas.
Open Floor Planner's link (in the Resource section), then click "Start with an empty room." Click any "basic form" icon and press "Start." Press "Start" on the screen that follows to enter the drawing area.
Begin re-creating your rough plan by first clicking the "Draw rooms" button in the "construction" palette, then clicking and dragging the corner of the initial room. Repeat this step to create each room in your step 1 sketch.
Create each of your sketch's interior walls by clicking the "construction" palette's third icon, then clicking and dragging in the drawing window.
Draw your sketch's doors, windows and stairs: Click the "construction" palette's fourth icon, then drag the appropriate icon from the "Library" palette onto the drawing area.
Draw your plan's furnishings and fixtures. Click the "Category" drop-down list in the "Library" palette to select a room (e.g. bathroom, kitchen), then drag objects from the palette onto the drawing area.
Size and rotate the objects you've placed by dragging their handles.
Print your plan by clicking the printer icon in the upper right region of the plan area.
Open the Homestyler page (see Resources), then click the "Use this design" button of the "Gallery" design that best matches the sketch from the "Floor Planner" section, step 1.
Reshape the room to match your sketch by dragging its corners. Delete extra objects by clicking their "x" icons.
Add new rooms by dragging them from the "Build" tab's "Drag and Drop Rooms" heading.
Add interior walls by dragging them from the "Add interior Walls" heading. Add doors and windows in the same way.
Click the "Furnish and Decorate" tab, then select the link for one of the rooms (e.g. kitchen, bathroom) indicated in your sketch.
Drill down through subcategory links (e.g. "Base cabinets," "Bathtubs") to reach items to drag. Drag items onto the design area. Reorient items by dragging their yellow rotation icons.
Print your finished plan by clicking the printer icon in the upper left region of the plan area.
Open the Small Blue Printer Resource link, then select "Sample plan," followed by selecting "Sample 1."
Click and drag the walls to the positions indicated by your "Floor Planner" sketch.
Resize a wall by clicking the "Resize" tool under the "transform" heading, then clicking the wall you want to resize. Drag the black squares to do the actual resizing.
Rotate a wall by clicking it, then clicking the "transform" heading's rotate icon.
Delete extra doors, windows or walls by clicking them, then clicking the tool palette's "x" icon.
Add doors, windows or walls by dragging their icons from the tool palette onto the drawing area.
Print your plan by click the "Print" tab's "Print" button.
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