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Old Tuesday, December 30th, 2008, 07:48 AM
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Church Building Design Software

Is there any software out there at allows you to design a new church building? Something that will let you do 2D and 3D? I have used Google Sketchup, but was not sure if there was a program out there that is easier to use. Perhaps some sort of home remodel software?
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Old Tuesday, December 30th, 2008, 08:01 AM
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yeah... AutoCAD. It's expensive and hard to use. Those home remodel software things are really not useful for doing much more than just one room or so. If you're actually looking at building/designing a new church building you should hire an architect.
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Old Tuesday, December 30th, 2008, 08:44 AM
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I found Sketchup hard to use at first but once I got on to it I found it really easy and quite useful.
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Old Tuesday, December 30th, 2008, 09:49 AM
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Ummm... An architect?

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Old Tuesday, December 30th, 2008, 10:23 AM
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I designed, permitted and built an addition to our house (you can read about it on my home improvement blog, DIY Insanity). I used Home Design Pro, which is made by Chief Architect (makers of full-blown pro architecture software) but sold under the Better Homes and Gardens label. I tried some others, but Home Design Pro was the one that did what I needed without costing 4 figures.

That said, if you're just looking to get some ideas, Google Sketchup is about the easiest design software to use. If you're looking to design, permit and build a new building, hiring an architect as others have suggested is probably the way to go.
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Old Tuesday, December 30th, 2008, 10:49 AM
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What happened to pencil and paper?
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Old Tuesday, December 30th, 2008, 10:57 AM
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Office Depot still has drafting boards for about $50, and you can still get vellum and triangles and pencils. Honestly, I find that works just as well as, if not sometimes better than, Autocad.
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Old Tuesday, December 30th, 2008, 12:14 PM
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as a way of building a decent mock up, any of these will do. An local professional, however, will anticipate things such as minimum number of bathrooms, ADA requirements (bathrooms, ramps, hall/door widths, etc), electrical service locations/number/ratings, etc-all of which obviously affect floor layouts and the overall size of the building.
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Old Tuesday, December 30th, 2008, 02:29 PM
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Churches are usually considered commercial buildings and would be designed by an Architect and Engineers. There is a lot more to designing these facilities than simply creating some drawings, if nothing else issues such as zoning ordinance and code compliance typically must be addressed. And try getting a permit for commercial construction without drawings stamped by registered Architects and Engineers, that usually is not going to happen. Sorry if this sounds dismissive, but I've been involved in too many projects where I was brought in for acoustics or audio/AV and when I first looked at the floor plans I had to start asking things like where the electrical and mechanical rooms were, where rated walls were and so on. It is a real pain to develop a nice concept and get everybody excited and then have to go back and almost start over once you realize all the required things that aren't shown but have to be accommodated.

If you are just trying to get some conceptual ideas down the SketchUp is hard to beat.
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Old Tuesday, December 30th, 2008, 04:47 PM
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Thanks for all the feedback guys, but I'm just looking for software that would allow me to make a 3D model of a Sanctuary remodel. Something along the lines of Google Sketchup, but easier to use.
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Old Tuesday, December 30th, 2008, 05:16 PM
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All the design software that I've tried has at least a bit of a learning curve. Easiest to use is paper and pencil. Google Sketchup is next in line.
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Old Tuesday, December 30th, 2008, 05:23 PM
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If you need or want 3D, Acad will do it well, but be prepared to spend a fair bit of time doing it, a fair bit of money for it, and a fair bit of time getting up that learning curve. It's not bad, it just takes some getting used to. You'll find yourself typing the command "u" a lot (for undo).
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