Archive for the ‘3D Home Design’ Category

How Unusual is your Ez-Architect Project?

September 22, 2012

Tell us how you are using Ez-Architect.

Are you a pro using it often for client projects?

Are you a do-it-yourselfer who plans and executes projects for your home or other location?

Do you do any unusual things with it, like design sets for theater productions, plays, videos etc.

We used it to design our set for The Perils of Cheryl. We came up with a brilliant scheme and it worked great. Watch the demo right here.

And tell us how you use Ez-Architect or MacDraft or MacInteriors, for that matter.

The more unusual, the more unusual……

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Forgive me

April 21, 2012

I have been remiss. Not that I don’t love writing about Ez-Architect and MacDraft and MacInteriors, I have been doing something that I love even more. I admit it. Photography and Videography. Not that I can’t photo and video cool architecture. In fact I have. And I’ll share some of it with you.

I’ve been doing photos and videos for our upcoming DVD Microdrama. We have a model railroad (actually we have 2 railroads and a roller coaster, all n-scale), and we decided it was time to put live people on the railroad in a series of adventures that are still being edited. Yes, I’ll tell you when you can see them!

I have photographed some of the cool architecture on the layout, so I guess that counts for home design. It’s just that it was designed and built several years ago during layout construction.

Anyway, is it off topic or not? Who cares? I really wanted to write about it because I have been having so much fun. But I held myself back. Now, that’s really silly. Why not share, even if a bit off topic.

Railroad software really did help us design our layouts. So it’s not a totally obtuse stretch (if there is such a thing as an obtuse stretch) to consider it home design. After all, the layouts are in our home. And they were designed there, too.

(I promise, I’ll get back to the flood and the island before too long. I think it was bumming me out a bit to remember and write about that episode, even though the outcome was positive. The process was just was rough sometimes.)

So here’s some railroad architecture:

coal & lead mines

The Leadville Coal & Lead Mines

Off to the right is the Leadville lead mine, built from scratch by a very patient person. In the center is the abandoned coal mine, no longer operating. And though buildings don’t really operate on a layout, this one is clearly abandoned, with broken windows and decrepit parts.

Here’s another cool building:

Pat's Pastries Ice Cream

Pat’s Ice Cream & Pastries. Built by Yours Truly.

What’s also been fun is that when the editor finds out that he needs another or a different shot, I can run over to the layout and shoot it right away, photo or video. That part’s been delightful.

Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed the diversion.

Please tell me what you think. Do you like diversions? Or do you want me to focus focus focus only on Ez-Architect and other home design related things?

Don’t Forget about the Outside

November 28, 2011

I was thinking about doing some remodeling the other day and started looking out the window. Then I wondered who was going to remodel the outside. Although I like to get my hands dirty out there pulling weeds. The organizing and planning part isn’t what I’m good at. I’m more into getting those weeds! It’s not easy to lumber up and down the steep hill outside for gardening or landscaping, and I certainly don’t want to walk around and measure and try to draw the irregular hilly shape and the wiggly walkways, and how does the house fit in… really too much work, too confusing.

Anyway, since we’re in the software business, we knew we needed something for ourselves and also for others to complete the home. What’s a beautiful home, or remodeled home without something nice going on outside.

And if you’re not already remodeling and maybe not yet a devoted fan of Ez-Architect, then you might want to consider cleaning up the eyesore that is your yard for the sake of your neighbors, if not for yourself. After all, who looks at my front yard besides me when I drive in: my neighbors. As I look around, most of them keep a pretty nice front piece, so why shouldn’t I? But I insist that it’s got to be easy. I’m just not any kind of expert when it comes time to figure out what to put here, how it might look now (or in 100 years). For example, we have some amazingly beautiful trees that have intertwined themselves into each other that are spectacular in the spring, when one is blooming and the other is green, and they’re jaw-droppingly beautiful when the fall weather comes, when the other one turns a thousand variations of gold, and the bloomer is now green. Now who figured out how to put them together for such a gorgeous result 30 years ago when they first landscaped the yard when the house was built? Or was it just a lucky accident that resulted from a weak plan, or total lack of knowledge. I’m sure “real” landscapers wouldn’t put those two trees so close together. But I praise whoever did it back then, for whatever reason they did it!

Anyway, we found a wonderful little program that makes the work of the outside so easy to plan. It is soooo easy. Easy as 1,2,3! Well, one through five anyway. You do it with photographs. Everyone has some kind of camera these days. Snap some photos of the outside of your house (or building, for that matter). Install the software, tell it where you live so you know what plants will live, plop in some landscape elements including sidewalks, pathways and stuff, then save, print the plan, and print a shopping list. If you’re curious, you can read more. Or if you’re hot to order such a cool program, jump right in.

 

Working with the Ez-Architect Home and Office Library

July 22, 2011

We have a wonderful little library that provides you with all kinds of additional furniture shapes. Learn all the details about it here.

Note, the library is not a program. It’s an add-0n for Ez-Architect (and only 9.95).

You will download a zip file. Although you can put it anywhere on your computer, using and accessing it easiest when you unzip it into a new directory just below the Library directory that installs with the program. This is usually Program Files/Ez-Architect5/Library/Ez-Architect-Home-and-Office-Library.

When you select the library icon in Ez-Architect, it defaults to the Library directory, and then it’s just one click on the Ez-Architect-Home-and-Office-Library folder to access the new library files.

Please read the README file after you unzip.

And for more info read our Top/left/right/front/back quintuplets.

There is a nice template here that you can use to get started with room designs.

The Ez-Architect Home & Office Library will enable you to expand Ez-Architect into an Interior Design tool without having to master the complications of 3D software.

Free 3D Library

October 9, 2008

When you purchase either Interiors or Interiors Pro, you will be emailed a link to our 3D Home and Office Library. It’s yours for FREE. All objects are 3DS, which is what Interiors uses.

If you decide NOT to buy Interiors but you want this library, it’s only $49.95.

CONTENTS: There are 1,718 separate 3D objects and 485 texture images in this library, and its catalog is included.


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