Posted by V Fulbright on December 08, 2003 at 05:56:48:
In Reply to: Timber Frame Software posted by Ned Horning on July 21, 2003 at 19:49:55:
I'm looking for the same thing, ran across this discussion thread. I have not found any "layperson" programs for timber frame specifically, and it's true that many "home design" softwares available are very limited and do not allow for timber frames or even architectural interest such as sunken rooms, etc. I did find an excellent book by Tedd Benson (surprise, surprise) "Building the Timber Frame House" (c 1980, Fireside/Simon and Schuster), with load calcs, formulas, styles, history, theory and engineering info, which any dedicated, somewhat savvy individual could use from start to finish with top-notch (pun intended) results. Obviously, many (although not ALL) architects, engineers, and contractors are going to recommend you "hire a pro," which is fine if you are not interested in learning it yourself. In fact, my husband and I, being sensible individuals, previously disappointed consumers, and now contractors ourselves, had a reputable architect review an early version of our plan. He said, and I quote, "They don't make wood that big." We decided to do it ourselves. My father (a retired industrial structural engineer), recommended drafixcad, but it takes a bit of study and practice to use. In any case, taking a class at your local college in cad design programs, and then buying professional software, would still save you an astounding amount of money in the end, and you'll know you're getting it done right.
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