I don't think I've ever worked for someone who's approached me with stock
plans of any kind. It's a red flag for me that says, "Cheap and without any
sophistication." Not my niche, and probably not worth the time spent on a
good proposal. The crap out there is truly astonishing.
Well the designs may be "Cheap without any sophistication", but that,
coupled with a working spouse has kept Don above water for quite a while, so
who are we to judge.
Besides he already told one client "were to stick it".
I wonder if there's software out there that could input all the
preferred stock floor-plans received from the client and automatically
generate them into a completely new one that, like an offspring, would
be a completely new plan, yet bear a lineage and resemblance to its parents.
With parametric modeling or some-such, it's probably on its way.
LOL, ya, after re-reading it with your POV in mind, I can see why you
might think so... Ok, then how about "industrial-strength" parametric
modeling in general then? Something out of Star-Trek perhaps...
Client: "Ok, make me a house... Let's start with a basic floor-plan."
Computer/Arch-Software: "How wide and long?"
Client: "Oh, let's say about '" wide and '" long."
Computer/Arch-Software: (lays out a kind of template floorplan) "Done...
Now tell me about the modifications."
Client: "Ok, that's a start... Let's put the bathroom over here and make
it bigger, and then add a double doorway..."
Computer/Arch-Software: "Done. How does that look?"
Client: "Getting better... Now, I want an extra room here, and another
Client: "Make the window a little bigger."
Computer/Arch-Software: "How's that?"
Client: "A little bigger."
Client: "Too big. Make it smaller."
Computer/Arch-Software: "How's this?"
Client: "Too small... Haha-- just kidding! It was fine way before! Haha!"
Computer/Arch-Software: "It's a good think I work for free."
The thing isi, what you desctibe below is already done by designers.
ASFIK, the human brain is still (at least in some cases ;) ) the
greatest computer of all. I don't understand the rush to try to replace
it with computers - that still have to be designed, created, and
programmed by humans...
The computer is a great tool for some things, but that's it - a tool. A
hammer is also a great tool for some things. A hammer and a computer
are usually not interchangeable, tho'.
I used to like looking at plan books, and online plans, until I realized
that, if I ever get teh chance to build my own place, it will have ot be
planned in accordance with *my* living, not someone else's. I thinkthat is
the ultimate problem with not only pre-done plans, but for that matter,
pre-built houses. You have to accomidate the plan, when really, if you're
having ti done custom, the whole idea is to have the plan accomidate you.
I think it'd be good to have pictures of things one likes, but plans,
arrgh, IMO it seems like it would be better to describe how one lives, as
opposed to saying "I wnat this part of plan a, thatpart of plan b, this
thingy from plan c in the middle", and on and on like that.
THat must be very difficult to translate and work with...
Ouch. Good luck. Unfortunately, I know little to no French, either.
Oh, I gotcha - I was thinking of stacks of room-layouts one on top of the
I see - I was, for some reason, picturing/imagining something different.
Probably my "hypercomplexificationalization" gene <L!>
What I did one time, just for grins, was gigure out what sorts of room
sizes and shapes I'd like for various activities, chart them on graph
paper, then cut them all out and play with rearranging them on another
sheet of graph paper. ((Yes, I could certainly do it in both 2D and 3D,
but sometimes I like to work with something physical.)) It was kind fo
interesting to see what sorts fo things would work well, work poorly, and
not work at all.
I guess it's something like that, then...sort of like a puzzle.
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