I was a custom home builder on the North Oregon coast for 11 years. I started in 1989. I have built a little over 50 homes. I started designing homes in 1995 by hand and purchased my first design software in 1996 (Solid Builder – Digital Canal). In 2000 I went full time into the residential and light commercial design field. I have been busy ever since. I also panelized homes between 2000 and 2008. I am not sure how many I designed… 500?
I have used Solid Builder from the beginning. They have recently upgraded to a VR type program that has a very nice presentation, but the flexibility is still not there. It is called CADsoft.
My designs have become more complicated not less, so I have been looking at Sketchup to meet my design needs.
I am over whelmed with options. What I am looking for is an extension with wall assemblies. I need the true thicknesses of the materials so that I can position the foundations and intersecting walls correctly. But, I am working with a lot of curved roofs and walls and editing the assembled wall seems to be tragic.
I am using Sketchup Pro
I will be needing help in the future as my business in growing. I also will need rendering help as many of the homes will be marketed globally.