Electrical Plan

Adding electrical components to your home design is a simple matter of selecting the component you want to place and clicking on your drawing plan. You can even turn the lights on and off Punch Home Design Architectural Series 3000 provides handy placement features such as automatic dimensioning and wall tracking. Using automatic dimensioning, you can place components a specific distance from a neighboring wall or other electrical component. Automatic wall tracking makes sure you place...

To draw lines

The Preview Bar displays the predefined drawing methods that are available 2 On the Preview Bar, click one of the drawing n methods. The pointer changes to reflect drawing mode. Note There are two predefined drawing methods draw from endpoint and draw from centerpoint. 3 Click in the Layout Manager window to define the start point of the line. A rubber-band line is displayed and follows the pointer. Dimensions are displayed as you draw. 4 Hold the mouse button down as...

Adding Text

Use text to add information to your drawing. For example, you might add text to annotate rooms, specify a home address, the date the drawing was created or a specific feature in your plan. Punch AS3000 gives you the flexibility to place text anywhere in your plan drawing, using different formatting techniques for each text instance. Text you place in your drawing is displayed on all 2D printed output. On the Annotation toolbar, click the Multi-Line Text tool. Click the area where you want to...

Printing Floorplans

Punch AS3000 prints using the current Windows printer drivers. You can, however, print using any installed printer. Using the Print dialog box you can specify a printer or plotter from those currently installed. Your can print your drawing in color or in black and white it can be printed to scale or you can print it all on one page, whatever you require. Follow these steps to print your 2D drawing. 1 On the File menu, click Print to Fit Page or press Ctrl+P. A Print Manager menu will ask if you...

Snap to Endpoint

Punch AS3000 gives you the power of snaps. With snaps, you can define exactly what distance interior walls are placed from other walls or begin exactly at the end of the wall when drawing a roof section. You can move through the Snaps Toolbar with the Tab key. Each time you press Tab, the next Snap Tool is activated, Shift-Tab reverses the process. The following examples show a few ways that Snaps will help you during the design process each Snap Tool works in concert with many other tools in...

To draw rectangles and squares

The Preview Bar displays the predefined drawing methods that are available. 2 On the Preview Bar, click one of the drawing methods. The pointer changes to reflect drawing mode. Note There are four predefined drawing methods draw rectangle from corner, draw rectangle from center, draw square from corner and draw square from center. 3 Click in the Layout Manager window to define the start point of the rectangle. A rubber-band rectangle is displayed and follows the...

To draw circles and ovals

The Preview Bar displays the predefined drawing methods that are available. Annotating your Layout with CAD tools 2 On the Preview Bar, click one of the drawing methods. The pointer changes to reflect drawing mode. Note There are four predefined drawing methods draw oval from corner, draw oval from center, draw circle from corner and draw circle from center. 3 Click in the Layout Manager window to define the start point of the shape. A rubber-band shape is displayed...

To draw a curve

The Preview Bar displays the predefined drawing methods that are available. 2 On the Preview Bar, click one of the drawing methods. The pointer changes to reflect drawing mode. Note There are two predefined drawing methods closed curve and open curve. 3 Click in the Layout Manager window to define the start point of the curve. A rubber-band curve is displayed and follows the pointer. 4 Click and move the mouse to the next point. Repeat until you have drawn the needed...

Plan Tabs and Toolbars

Clicking one of the plan tabs will activate the toolbar for that plan layer. For example, if you select the Landscape tab, the Landscape toolbar will appear. In addition, when you click the small arrow next to the title of the tab, you have the option of viewing or hiding other plans. This will be useful, for example, if you want to see the foundation plan with landscaping, but without exterior and interior walls. To find out what a certain tool represents, hold the pointer over the tool and...

Drawing Exterior Walls

By default, the foundation design process creates eight-foot exterior walls on the first floor. However, if you want to skip the foundation section, you can begin designing by drawing exterior walls, using the two Exterior Wall tools. With these tools you can either draw free form or to specific dimensions, whichever suits your needs best. Walls are automatically joined when you draw and are placed at right angles. It is extremely important to use the Exterior Wall tools to draw a complete...

To draw a multigon

The Preview Bar displays the predefined drawing methods that are available. 2 On the Preview Bar, click one of the drawing methods. The pointer changes to reflect drawing mode. Note The number in the middle of the shape represents how many sides the multigon has. 3 Click in the Layout Manager window to define the start point of the multigon. A rubber-band multigon is displayed and follows the pointer. 4 Hold the mouse button down as you extend the multigon to the...

Drawing in 2D

You may find it easier to begin your design in 2D and add the third dimension later. You will find the 2D design tools are extremely useful for this technique. These tools are the counterpart to the 3D drawing tools and work similarly. For more information on 3D drawing tools, see the chapter titled Drawing in 3D, which begins on page 271. The 2D toolset can be used in 3D view or a 2D view from a specific direction. In this chapter we will explore the uses of each 2D drawing Tool. In addition,...

Workshop Arc Roof Elevation

2D objects, converting (3D Custom Workshop) 291 2D view, resetting 32, 226 2D views 32, 226 3D camera angle (Framing Editor) 191 3D camera angle (Layout Manager) 211 3D cut-away slider (Framing Editor) 194 3D, adding shadows (Cabinet Wizard) 185 3D, adding shadows (Fireplace Wizard) 234 3D, adding shadows (Layout Manager) 212 3D, fly around view 129, 183, 191, 211 3D, fly around view (Fireplace Wizard) 232 3D, hiding doors 132, 133, 193, 248, 252 3D, hiding doors (Layout Manager) 213, 214 3D,...

Landscaping Using Photo View Images

One way to get started landscaping your yard is to import a PhotoView image of your home. You can then embellish your design with landscaping and other objects. 1 Import the image of your home as explained previously. Note It's very important to input the correct dimensions of your home. For more information, see To import PhotoView images, which begins on page 162. On the Window menu, click 3D Quarter View, click the 3D Quarter View icon, or right-click while nothing is selected and click 3D...

Controlling Views

Punch AS3000 provides many options for looking at your home plan onscreen. You can display several windows, each containing a different view of your plan. This gives you the flexibility to view your drawing as a 2D plan, as a 2D plan with a corresponding 3D view or using only Punch LiveView. When viewing your 2D home plan, you can magnify the view by zooming in, reduce the view by zooming out, use the Viewpoint tool to display a specific area of your drawing or pan the view in any direction. 3D...

Using the Grid

With Punch AS3000 you can set specific grid properties that aid in drawing your home plan. You can set points based on the reference grid which is useful when you want to make sure certain points are specified precisely. Grid settings have a direct impact on the ease of aligning objects, snapping objects to the grid and so on. When using the Snap to Grid feature, items that are dragged and dropped on the design window are automatically snapped, or placed, to align with the current grid. By...

Placing Outlets and Switches

Punch AS3000 makes it simple to add electrical components to your home plan. Using the convenient tabbed utility tools, simply select the components you want to place and click. Dimension lines automatically appear, making it easy to place components a specific distance from a neighboring electrical component or wall segment. You'll notice that when placing certain outlets and switches, the object is automatically tracked to the wall segment, making accurate placement simple. Floor and ceiling...

Using the Virtual Ruler

The Virtual Ruler is a handy feature for measuring items in your home plan that are not automatically dimensioned. You can undock the ruler at any time, leaving it active, or hide it from view with one mouse click. The Virtual Ruler is an easy way to measure at an angle, too. 1 Click the Virtual Ruler button at the bottom of the design window. The Virtual Ruler is displayed on the drawing page. 2 Click one of the black circles on the ruler edges and drag in the direction you want to measure....

Calculating Square Footage

Punch AS3000 can automatically calculate square footage of each floor of your home plan. This feature makes it easy to figure how much carpet you'll need to cover the first floor, for instance, or simply estimate your overall home size. If square footage is incorrect, check to make sure the exterior perimeter is intact. For more information, see Defining the Foundation Perimeter, which begins on page 42. At the bottom of the window, click the Dimension Vi-hI button, then click First Floor...

Snaps and Annotations

Punch Home Design Architectural Series 3000's powerful Snaps Toolbar has many tools that make precision placement easier. On the Snaps Toolbar there are a wide variety of precision drawing aids that will help in exact placement of walls, doors, windows and so on. Often, drawing a plan to scale is not enough to convey precise measurements. In such cases, you must notate the measurements using manual dimension notes. Punch AS3000, by default, automatically displays dimensions as you draw. This...

Rotating the Entire Floor Plan

At any point during the design process, you can rotate the entire plan. With just a couple of mouse clicks, you can see how your dream home will look facing a different direction on your lot. On the Design menu, click Rotate Entire Plan. The Rotate Plan dialog box is displayed. 2 Click either Degrees or Radians, then type the angle you want to rotate the plan in the Angle text box. 3 Click OK. The plan is rotated based on the angle measurement you specified.

Flipping the Entire Floor Plan

With Punch AS3000 you can create a mirror image of your floor plan. It is easy to see how your plan will look from On the Design menu, click Flip Entire Plan, then select Vertical. The floor plan is flipped. On the Design menu, click Flip Entire Plan, then select Horizontal. The floor plan is flipped.

Creating a Split Level Foundation

Designing a split-level home is quite simple. The foundation will need to be drawn in two parts and, with the aid of the 1 On the Foundation Plan tab, click the Foundation I Perimeter Tool. IBM I 2 Draw the foundation of the part of your home plan that will be different from the rest of the home. If you need help drawing a foundation, please refer to Defining the Foundation Perimeter on page 42. 3 Press and hold the SHIFT key down while clicking on each foundation wall to select all the...

Converting Dxfdwg Lines and Shapes

After importing a DXF or DWG file containing your home plan you can easily convert the lines, arcs and other shapes to intelligent Punch AS3000 entities. This is where the importing process is most powerful. You can select each item on the floorplan, then click an icon on the Convert2 Bar to automatically change it. The imported DXF DWG image will be placed on the plan tab and the floor that is active. As you convert shapes, they move to other plan tabs, if appropriate. They can be moved or...

Viewing the 2D Plan

When initially designing your home plan, you will probably want to view the 2D plan view only. Once completed, you can view your plan in a combination of 2D and 3D or in 3D only. In addition, Punch AS3000 organizes your floorplan into layers which are each easily accessible with a single mouse click. For example, you can choose to view the deck plan with landscaping one moment, then quickly switch to view HVAC, electrical and plumbing. Any combination any time On the Window menu, click Plan...

Floor Plan Trace

Punch Home Design Architectural Series 3000 lets you import a scanned bitmap BMP file into the background of your design. Once scanned and loaded into your design file, you can trace the bitmap image, creating a Punch AS3000 file. You can even set the scale of the new drawing to the scale of the bitmap image. When you are done tracing, you can save the new file without the background bitmap image. Find or sketch your favorite floor plan design. Using a scanner, digital camera or with the help...

Creating a Slab Foundation

A slab foundation is the preferred foundation in many areas. Punch Home Design Architectural Series 3000 makes it easy to draw one. Four inches is a standard thickness for slab foundations. Post tension strands are added to prevent 1 On the Foundation Plan tab, click the Foundation I Perimeter Tool. IBH I 2 Draw a foundation. For specific information on adding foundations, see Defining the Foundation Perimeter on page 42. 3 Click the wall of the foundation to select it the Wall Properties bar...