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Draw your own house plans with success

Add-on DryStacked Block House Plan Drawing Videos

Works with Qcad2 or Qcad3 (all versions)

Drawing DryStacked Block house plans requires different considerations than wood stick house plans. This training course will help you to get the drawing accurate. There is also a home design course linked below that demonstrates common mistakes, and helps to ensure code proof plans.

House plan considerations  
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Draw your own house plans
Drawing DryStacked block CAD house plans can be rewarding and cost effective. Typical house plans will cost about $1500.00. The biggest problem with third party house plans is the communications process.

Much time is wasted trying to convey your intentions as well as the draft person's intentions. Many times miscommunications occur and plans have to be reworked.

Drawing your own plans may at first appear impossible. This training program will show you how to make the actual drawing. We have provided an Add-on DryStacked Block House Plan Drawings Videos set. These videos will address specific drystacked block house plan drawing issues. These lessons (about 70-minutes in duration) demonstrate foundation plan considerations for building with DryStacked blocks.

House Plan Training
You may want to consider personal training on how to design your own house plans. This at first sounds extreme and expensive, but neither is the case. offers an on-line training course for $50 Their training may help you to build a better house. This is a training program designed by a professional architect with years of experience. This training program also provides for a real person architect to respond to your e-mail questions.

This training program will not teach you how to use a CAD program, but instead addresses many important house plan design issues such as door location and sizes, kitchen design layout considerations, code issues about room sizes, standard appliance dimensions, even issues like not placing water pipes in outside walls in cold climates, and more. The program includes having you draw plans using a CAD program. In short, just reading these lessons will keep your house plans workable, even if you don't do all the lesson plan practice CAD drawings. This information can keep you from making plan design and/or layout mistakes as you do it yourself.

House Plan Drawing Videos
With these (DryStacked Block House Plan Drawing Videos) and the above mentioned Home Design Course, you now have the means to create accurate and code compliant block house plans. You will also avoid common house plan mistakes when you complete the Home Design Course referenced above.

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Below are listed some of the menus that will be covered.

Drop-down Edit menu

Drop-down Modify menu

Drop-down Snap menu

Drop-down Layers menu

QCad is an application for computer aided drafting in two dimensions. With QCad you can create technical drawings such as plans for buildings, interiors or mechanical parts. QCad works under Linux, Unix Systems, Mac OS X and Windows. The source code of QCad is released under the GPL (Open Source).

This feature list applies to both Qcad2 and Qcad3

Layer support
Block support (grouping)
Integrated part / symbol browser
256 Colors
24 different line widths
19 line styles
35 CAD optimized fonts
200 undo/ redo levels
Clipboard functions (copy, cut, paste)
Rotate, scale, flip while pasting
Multi-document interface

Supported units:
  Metrical: Nanometer, Millimeter, Centimeter,
      Decimeter, Meter, ...
  Imperial: Inch, Foot, Mile, Microinch, Mil,
  Other: Angstrom, Micron, Astro, Lightyear,

Supported file formats:
  DXF R12 and DXF 200x (reading/ writing)
  BMP, JPEG, PNG, .. (import/ export as bitmaps)
  PDF format export

  Printing to scale (e.g. 1:2, 1:100, ..)
  Print preview with paper selection

Construction types
  with two points
  given absolute angle
  horizontal / vertical
  given relative angle
  regular polygons
  freehand lines
  center, radius, angles
  three points
  adjacent to existing entity
  center, circle line point
  center, radius
  two opposed points
  three points
  center, two points (minor and major axis)
  center, two points, start angle, end angle
Splines (NURBS)
  degrees 2, 3
  closed, open
  line and arc segments
  add / delete nodes
  trim segments
  delete all nodes between two given segments
  create polylines from existing segments
  create equidistant polylines

  fonts: ISO, ISO cursive, Courier, Romans,
   ... (35   CAD fonts included)
  alignments: left, right, centered
  vertical alignments: top, bottom, middle
  unicode support (Japanese, Chinese, German   umlauts, ...)

  horizontal / vertical
  arrows (leaders)

  40 patterns (extensible by the user)
  adjustable pattern scale and angle
  solid fill (color fill)

Raster images (bitmaps)
  insertion of bitmaps
  adjustable scale, rotation angle

  move and rotate
  rotate and counter-rotate
  trim to entity
  trim by amount
  divide 2 (remove segment)

Edit geometry (numeric)

Edit attributes (color, line width, line pattern, layer)

Exploding texts / dimensions / hatches / ellipses
     into atomic elements

Edit texts
  move to background / foreground
  modify properties of single or multiple entities
     with property editor

Element selection functions
  all / nothing
  single elements
  rectangular ranges
  connected elements (contours)
  elements intersected by a selecting line
  invert selection
  select layer

Snapping functions
  (used to position the mouse cursor to an
      exactly defined location)
  snap to grid
  snap to endpoints
  snap to center points
  snap to middle points
  snap to intersections
  llocation defined by entered co-ordinates
  auto snap

Measuring functions
  distance between two points
  distance between an element and a point
  angle between two lines
  total length of selected entities
  polygonal area / circumference

Zoom functions
  auto zoom
  zoom in / out (mouse wheel or buttons or
  panning (middle mouse button)
  window zoom

Part library
  over 4800 CAD parts included (screws, nuts,   symbols, ...)
  insert parts into the drawing
  adjust angle and scale
  extensible with user defined drawings and

Misc features
  adjustable dimension unit format and
  modification of existing CAD fonts
  creation of new fonts
  ECMA scripting interface with integrated IDE
  Help = user reference manual

Language translations:
Portuguese (BR)

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