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Floor Plan Tutorial
(Most everything you'll need to know to make MacDraft floorplans)
To prepare to begin drawing your top view house wall lines, first click on the Unconstrained/constrained Line Tool and hold down on the button until you see angle choices pop up. Select 90 degrees. Next choose the desired line weight, which is 3, on the Line Weight pop-up menu in the Attribute palette. The chosen line weight will be used for lines, rectangles, and borders until you choose a different line weight for the default line weight attribute.
Now on the Layout menu select Set Scale/Units and set the scale to 1/8” = 1’, 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. MacDraft Pro can easily handle the fussier style of CAD, and even MacDraft PE can handle it if you can do without layers or AutoCAD compatibility or large-sized plans, but 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 find you need to make rectangles with one or more exterior walls and you want these walls to be thicker than the interior walls, simply select Palettes on the View menu and select the Accessory Palette. Now select your rectangle with the Select tool and then click the Object Breaker tool, which is the third tool on the palette. The rectangle is broken up into 4 lines any of which may be selected and their thickness changed with the Line Weight pop-up menu in the Attribute palette.
If you need to create a gap in a wall line that is either alone or one of those wall lines on the broken up rectangle, above, there are a few ways to go. 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. Another method is to set the Pen Color on the Attribute palette to white, then draw a white line on top of the black wall line and presto—instant gap!
You may like to use these gaps for windows and doors on wall lines, or you may have used several rectangles to represent the various complexities of your house structure and now you need to erase lines that are wrong and are only there due to the rectangle drawing process.
But 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 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.
If your house walls contain any diagonals, select the Unconstrained/constrained Line Tool and hold down on the button until you see angle choices pop up. Select 45 degrees if that’s your only type of diagonal; 30 degrees if your angles are 30s, 60s, and 90s; and 15 degrees if you’ll need 30s and 45s both. There’s even a 5 degree choice if you have weird angles and if that still won’t do, use Unconstrained lines.
Setting up the scales and line defaults in the above manner will prepare you for the task of simple plan creation. You’ll be set for plans that are up to 63’ x 79’. If you need up to 125’ x 158’, use 1/16” = 1’ instead of 1/8” = 1’. Note that you can select a Landscape mode in Printer Setup to give you 79’ x 63’, if that will help you avoid scale changes. Don’t worry about printing too close to page edges since MacDraft takes this into consideration for you so you can use your whole plan space.
We recommend using the objects from the FREE 2D Home, Office, and Landscape Library (that you get free when you buy MacDraft from us) for purposes of architectural, interiors, and landscape design. If you didn’t get MacDraft from us, this library is only $49.95 from theliquidateher.com.
Use Media Assistant Lite, which comes with your MacDraft, for your library tool. Simply drag objects from the libraries into MacDraft. They will be the correct scale, so use them as they are, for the most part. But feel free to shrink or enlarge any object by dragging its corner—like if you want a top view window that is wider than what you find or a tree that is smaller.
The FREE 2D Home, Office, and Landscape Library 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. MacDraft Pro info. MacDraft PE info.