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Ez-Architect for Landscaping & Gardening along with Landscape Vision

July 7, 2012

Are you working outside these days. Don’t let Ez-Architect fool you. You can use it to plan your garden, organize your landscape plan, and all other outside wonders that occupy us this time of year.

Use the trees and plants that you’ll find in the Ez-Architect libraries to place in your landscape. Take photos and use them in your plan, or sketch or draw your plants to place them in your plans. Always save your special drawings, photos & sketches in your own library so you can re-use them.

Combine the details of Ez-Architect with the tools in Landscape Vision and you’ll have the garden and landscape planned and planted before your sunscreen dries. (Be sure to swab it on. No one needs a sunburn.)

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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.

 

You Still have Time for that Summer Project

August 12, 2011

Summer isn’t over yet. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some help with some of those projects we keep putting off?

I just did a little remodeling project and used Ez-Architect. With a good plan to start with–it made the whole project go seamlessly. I didn’t add an extra room but you may want to build one. We even did some landscape improvements and plan to do more this summer.

I used Ez-Architect for my design plans for Windows. If you’re a Mac user (I’m not) you can use MacDraft  PE, or MacDraft Professional for floor plans and house plans. Or if you want to redesign your interior (on the Mac), its Interiors or Interiors Professional that will provide you with all the tools you need.

And for Landscaping, you’ll want to use a really fun program called Landscape Vision (Windows) where you can take photographs of your current “design” and then use the software to make changes. Easy and fun.

Read more about Landscape Vision here

Landscape Vision
home photo with Landscape Vision design

More about Ez-Architect here

Ez-Architect Solar Floor Plan
It’s easy to create a plan

and MacDraft and MacInteriors

MacDraft Professional Floor Plan

MacDraft Professional Floor Plan

So don’t delay any longer. You can make a gorgeous space, inside or out.

Interiors Professional Room Plan

Who doesn't want a place like this?

Home designing rules!

March 31, 2009
This website is dedicated to providing news and information on consumer level home design software, and it will address the topics of mac design software, windows design software, and tips and tutorials.

CAD software is computer aided design software. Things have come a long way since the 80s when AutoCAD was for the professionals and engineers, Design Your Own Home (Architecture, Interiors, Landscape) was for consumers, and MacDraft and PCDraft was for both. Most consumer level software has little true AutoCAD compatibility, nor does it need it, nor do the consumer level software buyers care. MacDraft Personal Edition and MacDraft Professional are a pair of Mac programs that illustrates this split, in that MacDraft Personal Edition is for the consumer and has no AutoCAD compatibility, while MacDraft Professional is fully AutoCAD compatible.

And then there’s our inexpensive Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 home design CAD software, Ez-Architect.

 
Check out our “About” page, whose link is to the right, for a more in-depth look at what we are about.
Landscape Vision is an easy to use landscape design software application that produces amazingly professional results. Who needs fake looking drawn plant images or skimpy plant data bases? The landscape of your dreams is within your reach!
Landscape Vision is an easy to use landscape design software application that produces amazingly professional results. Who needs fake looking drawn plant images or skimpy plant data bases? The landscape of your dreams is within your reach!

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