You would like to have more direct orders from owner builders?
Then, quantity determination is your main issue. Of course you can do this with a ruler and pocket calculator, hoping that you won't forget something. You might be able to use your timber construction program for this. But do you really want to start at these detailed level? And would it be fast enough?
You can also opt for the more modern way and simply and quick enter the plan into the computer, to determine the required quantities. This idea - as fascinating as it is - will only work if both aspects, SIMPLE and QUICK, can be taken literally. As a master carpenter, you certainly don't have to work on heightenings, extensions, modifications or new buildings on a daily basis, as the end customers' demand depends on the season. Therefore, a software, whose operation you need to relearn every time you use it, will not work for you any better than "highly scientific" programs that take hours to yield any useful results.
Creating the base structure of the house
By simply entering house length and width, selecting the wall thickness and the number of floors, you can design the basic structure of the house within less than a minute. The dimensioned floor plans and sections, all the views and the 3D presentation of the house will be available to you instantly.
In addition to the basement, the house can consist of up to 5 floors (including the attic) and be up to 110 meters (360 ft) tall.
You can change the default data used for floor height and ceiling thickness at any time.
If there are building elements such as gables, bays, extensions etc., select the required element in the respective wizard and determine its form and enter the size. The wizard (dynamic component templates) takes over the construction.
Due to our 30 years of experience, we have integrated a set of dynamic component templates in Vi Plan, with the ambition to automate more than 90% of the conventional building elements used for single-family homes.
By repeatedly using the same dynamic component templates, you are capable of creating sophisticated plans easily, quickly and effectively.
Since dynamic component templates are planning automations, you can also change the basic house structure without any wizards. The easiest way to plan a completely customized ground plan shape using the function "projections and recesses" is effected by a plain text input of the desired dimensions. All you need is a few minutes.
The roof structures also can be fully customized. Besides a variety of roof shapes and designs, the focus also lies on completing this task within a short period of time. Features such as “roof according to floor plan” will enable you to plan complex roof landscapes within a few minutes.
From the very beginning, the building contractors themselves were relied on as skillful Vi plan users. With only a few entries, interior walls, stairs and balconies are placed, building components are positioned and rooms are defined. To facilitate this, hot keys such as "E" for corner and "L" for the length can be used. 6 hotkeys serve to operate about 75% of the functions. This facilitates both the first steps, as well as working with the system in between longer time periods. The integration of standard Windows functions, such as "Ctrl + C" and "Ctrl + V" for copy and paste, facilitate the job even more.
In addition, the conventional sizes of the building components used in solid construction are already entered into the system for you, as are a wide range of stairs and chimneys, as well as a complete room program. You can make changes and additions at any time.
Generally, the 3D view is available to you at any time. You have the option to check each of your entries visually; certainly the easiest and most effective way to avoid forgetting something.
In addition, you are able to create an appealing presentation of the house. Thanks to hundreds of templates that you can combine and change arbitrarily, you will be able to realize this in less than 5 minutes.
In principle, this is not your job - BUT: If you regularly invest these 5 minutes, there will be a high probability to receive new requests and orders from end users.