Does anyone have any recommendations or experience with housing design and modelling software. My girlfriend and I have bought a cottage that requires quite a bit of work to make it comfortable and efficient in winter. We intend to install new windows, particularly on the south side of the building and I’d like to be able to model what the cottage would look like with windows of different sizes.
My experience is as a framing carpenter and renovator so I’d like the software to be able to show detail at a framing and floor plan level and also provide 3d renderings so that we can make decisions on what size windows to purchase.
My initial research, has me concerned that I’ll end up with pretty 3d renderings but no detail or vice versa. Over time we plan on building an addition and would like to be able to use the software to design the addition.
We can’t justify the cost of professional software, but nevertheless would like to use software that produces plans that we can take to the municipality to get a building permit. Hopefully, I’m not asking too much.
Thanks for any advice and recommendations you have to offer.