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The new breed of software programmes can be a great help in planning your new loft conversion. The sophistication of the software is staggering and it is remarkably cheap to buy.
A word of warning though.
These programmes can be seriously addictive!
Ever tut-tutted at your kids as they spend hour after hour on their Playstation or X-Box?
Once you start playing around with these programmes you will understand why your kids spend so much time staring at a screen. Not only will you use it to design your loft conversion you will have re-modeled the whole house, if not the entire street, by the time you have finished.
And then you will start again!
For those not familiar with it 3D design software allows you to ‘virtually’ model your new loft conversion, bedroom, bathroom or rear-extension on your computer screen.
The programmes are very powerful and packed with features which allow you to move furniture, pull down walls or build windows at the click of a mouse.
Using accurate measurements you will be able to exactly model the designs you wish to create, optimise the design, arrange the furniture and print out your plans before having to contact a builder or an architect.
There are many different 3D design software programmes on the market today but one of the most popular is Grand Designs 3D v2 Self Build & Development
Features of the software include:
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