I've looked through the archives and I don't find anything current on
this topic. I would think that there have been some significant
developments here in the last few years. Ideally, I'd like something
where you can scan/download photos of the four elevations and the
program would figure the dimensions based on standard sizes such as an
entry door. Alternatively it may ask you to put in a few known
reference points such as the distance between two windows and figure
the dimensions from there.
It may also use that information to figure common placement of bearing
walls and use that to help locate interior partitions, plumbing and
ventilation runs, etc.. These would probably be on some sort of
"verify" basis and could really shorten the time to establish the
existing structure prior to creating the additions.
For the remodeling or additions it should keep the bearing walls
aligned and suggest most efficient plumbing and ventilation setups. It
would be nice if it would take an upstairs addition floorplan and
suggest various roof/gable/dormer choices.
I'm not at all interested in landscaping choices which seem to be a lot
of the "fluff" in the things I've checked out so far, and while the
interior and exterior finishes may add a little value, I'm really more
interested in the meat and potatoes of the structure and general
Thanks for any help.