Category Archives: AutoCAD

Working on the Bungalow

As said before in my previous blogs, I have to work on a 1000 square foot bungalow. I’ve already finished my thumbnail and rough designs for the bungalow, so now all I have to do is to apply it onto AutoCAD.

I chose architectural units as inches, because that’s how most buildings are measured in; inches. Also, this way the drawing would be easier to draw because it’s would follow every unit in inches for the floor plan from the birds-eye-view (because inches are split into sixteenths and feet are split in twelfth). I wonder why buildings aren’t measured in centimetres and metres? THAT WOULD BE SO MUCH EASIER FOR BEGINNERS LIKE ME! Alright: I just Googled the answer to this, and it’s because the rest of the world measures their merchandise in inches, and it would be confusing for everyone else if they adopted the metric system (I guess it’s like why scientists have such big names for everything; so that it’s a universal name for all languages).

As in my rough drawing, the outer walls in the AutoCAD floor plan are a foot in width and the inner walls are half a foot in width. Instead of using the line thickness button, I decided to draw double lines (two lines) for all of my walls so that it won’t interfere with the other fixtures in the house. In addition, in the AutoCAD that I’m using, I am given a ton of pre-made fixtures like toilets and bathtubs and sinks, which will all just add to the looks of the final product.

Using AutoCAD

          I did a short tutorial on how to use AutoCAD, so now I understand/remember a little more about it; just a little less than the basics. So now, I can draw lines by clicking the “line box” and then setting in coordinates from one end of the line to the other. I can hatch things by clicking the “hatch box” and selecting a face of what I drew to be hatched. AutoCAD is a VERY precise program that professional architects use to draw building designs or any other designs, so there are probably many other ways to hatch or draw lines in it, such as drawing lines based on its length and angle. It would be useful to know all of these different methods of doing things, depending on the different situations given (like quickly calculating the length of edges or the angle without the use of a pencil and paper for trigonometry). In addition to this, there are also many 3-D techniques that must be learned from AutoCAD; however I don’t think I’ll be learning how to do that in the near future…

          In my opinion, I think AutoCAD is somewhat easy to understand (the beginners tutourial, though) and I would understand why it would be suitable for professional architects/designers to use it. Often, I mess up on what I do in AutoCAD; hence I have to start over again. However, as I continued using it, I got to understand more of it with some help from my peers. So I guess AutoCAD’s alright, and I would suggest anyone who wants to proceed into architecture and design to purchase it and learn how to use it.