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Floor Plan Tutorial
(Most everything you'll need to know to make Ez-Architect floorplans)
To prepare to begin drawing your top view house wall lines, first load in bedandbreakfast.aad from the Sample Plans folder. Note how walls and windows relate to each other. Check out the kitchen windows. You can tell they are sliding glass windows if you look hard—and of course they should be.
Experiment with drawing a Wall Tool wall at any angle. (Experiments can be erased with Ctrl Z.) Then experiment with drawing walls with the Angle Line Tool (big "plus"). Click on a thicker line width in the line width section—try line width 3 or 4. Note that walls are now 90 degrees from one another, or parallel (or 45 degrees if you need that). It's easier to draw walls this way as you need not "fine-tune" their angles. However, if you hold down the Shift key as you drag the mouse, you'll contrain the angles to 90 and 45 degrees with the line and wall tools. The Angle Line Tool is for when you, like us, are too lazy to hold down Shift. Now on the Layout Menu select set the Drawing Scale to 1/8" = 1'. Also on the Layout Menu make sure your Drawing Units are set to feet and inches, your Drawing Size is 1 page wide if your house is under 64' wide or 2 pages wide if it's over 64'. Select Snap To Grid and then the Hollow Wall Tool. Now it is much easier to get perfect angles, and you can set up the width you want in the Options Menu under Preferences.
Now draw a wall section and put a window on top of it that is wider than the wall, then use Bring to Front and Send to Back on the Arrange Menu to see two choices: having windows cut walls or having windows "underlap" walls so you can see where they are but you can see there is still a wall there. Your choice.
ALWAYS DRAW YOUR FIRST LAYER ON LAYER 1. In other words, when you begin a plan, click on the 1 under the word File on the menu bar and begin drawing. For another layer, click on 2, and so on. Do not use the Base layer (B) as your drawing layer. If you forget, the Manual will tell you the remedy. It's usually best to disable (grey) all layers except the one you are drawing on. Then when you select a higher layer number and change line color and draw in electrical or plumbing or ductwork—you need to keep other layers showing for reference. This applies to upper stories as well. A bearing wall needs to be on top of another bearing wall—you cannot afford to guess about any of this stuff.
And then, on the Layout menu again, click Show Rulers until there’s a check mark by it. The 3-pixel lines will most closely approximate the standard 4.5” wall thickness needed for inner walls in a home that uses normal studs-and-wallboard framing as its construction method. Outer walls are usually thicker, but for the purposes of normal consumer level floor plan drawing, using the 3-pixel method to approximate 4.5” will do nicely.
If you’re creating an accurate CAD drawing to act as a temporary blueprint, or whatever, you may wish to thicken the outer walls for accuracy. A real stickler might even use thin double lines and specify their distance apart for wall representation. But, again, for the purposes of demonstration, and for representing a proposed or existing structure with the use of a simple floor plan, this black 3-pixel-line type of wall representation should suffice as long as your scale is 1/8” = 1’. (Vary the thickness for other scales.) It’s faster and easier than any alternative. Ez-Architect can easily handle consumer level floor plan drawing. Anyway, 30 years in the software business and 28 years in designing consumer level home design software have showed us that most of our customers want the simplest, fastest, and easiest to understand style of floor plan creation with the smallest learning curve.
If you need to create a gap in a wall line that is either alone or one of the wall lines in a rectangle you made with the continuous wall tool and not the rectangle tool, there are a few ways to go. Use the door tool (the saw) on walls (hollow or not and continuous or not—but NOT rectangle lines!). Click the wall twice—the first click position is the first side of the door opening and the second one is the other side of the door opening.
Or, click one end of the line and shorten it until it’s now merely the short line on one side of your intended gap. Then draw another line on the other side of your proposed gap and it’s done. You’ve simply made 2 lines instead of gapping one. But if you need the gap in a rectangle line, you need to select it and delete it and use lines rather than rectangles. In general the best rule is: NEVER USE A RECTANGLE TOOL FOR TRYING TO SAVE TIME BY DRAWING 4 WALLS AT ONCE. You'll invariably need to create gaps for windows, doors, and doorless room entrances. Use the Rectangle Tool for not only carpets but also in building furniture objects, since most contain rectangles. Use this tool also for drawing all boards, including plywood, studs, joists, rafters, decking, etc.
You needn’t gap walls for windows or doors. Simply do it the easiest way: place your top view windows and doors on top of or under your walls, forgetting gaps. In truth, this is a more realistic representation since the wall really does go all the way across and the windows and doors get placed in the walls. Walls are usually 8’ tall or more and doors are under 7’ tall, whereas windows are mostly installed in rectangular holes in the walls. Neither windows nor doors entirely replace a wall section—the wall continues unbroken above both the windows and the doors, except in rare cases.
We recommend using the objects from the Ez-Architect-Home-and-Office-Library.html for purposes of architectural, interiors, and landscape design. This library is only $9.95 from our website: http://theliquidateher.com.
The Ez-Architect-Home-and-Office-Library.html has many top view objects for normal floor plans and many side view objects for normal elevations (side view drawings of houses). But you’ll also find lots of “2 and 1/2 D” (nearly 3D) objects for 2 1/2 D perspective views of your plans. Top views give no information on vertical clearances and side views have no information on depth (front to back) clearances. Our 2 1/2 D perspective views give both types of information. Learn about doing interior design with them, or learn about doing landscape design with them. Landscape design gives you a landscaping plan from either or both the top view or the side view. Ez-Architect info.