I am planning on putting in a deck attached to my house. So far I have
used both Deck Planner (Big Hammer) and 3D Decks for Everyone (Upper
Space) without much success. It seems to me the Deck Planner is overly
simple, and Decks for Everyone is overly complicated. Maybe I'm just
being too picky....
Deck Planner seems to be way too involved with keeping up an
appearance of an AutoCAD interface. Very detailed drawing options
(layers, snaps, etc.) But it doesn't ask about live loads, if the deck
is attached to a house, decking material directions, etc. I know how to
use AutoCAD, but its interface is unnecessarily complex. (IMO) It
appears to be a very good drawing program, but a poor designing program.
Decks for Everyone is the opposite. It has a great interface, asks
questions, but that's about it. No way to add benches, choose
Does anyone have experience with a middle of the road program that
helps with the design, not only the drawing of the deck??? TIA, Mark