There is a CAD freeware program that I’ve found very helpful called Google Sketchup. This thing’s got all the basic functions of a CAD program, so it’ll be suitable for pretty much any DIY project that might come up. I’ve been using it for over a year now and it’s helped me cut a lot a’ corners. For those of you who need tutorials, they’ve got those too.
These tutorials cover everything from beginner style stuff like showing you how each of the functions work to more advanced techniques like importing images and creating presentations.
For those who are interested they also have a gallery area where you can check out what other people have done with Google Sketchup. This could prove helpful in providing you with some pretty awesome reference material. Of course, some of the stuff up there is quite advanced, but not to let that intimidate you.
Initially there will be lots of experimentation and trial and error, but with time and practice it will get easier and you’ll be able to construct the plans that you envision with considerably less pain. That’s how it worked with me.
I started out not knowing anything about it to knowing enough to create simple blueprints on the various DIY projects I was doing. And for me, that was pretty much all I wanted from it. I just wanted a user-friendly tool that was low-maintenance and easy to use and that’s exactly what I got. -Except I was pleasantly surprised to find that it can actually perform a lot of pretty advanced functions as well.
(Check out some of my personal Sketchup models which I used as reference to build – Custom Laundry Area Covering.)
Anyway, instead of me trying to explain these things to you, I’ll just let you check it out for yourself. Just click here and it will take you to the Google Sketchup website where you simply click the download button. You’ll get the hang of it much faster by following the tutorials. Good luck and feel free to comment or ask questions in the comment box!