I’m no architect or anything like that. I have a space that my family bought and we would like to use some of what is already built. That’s why I’m looking for a floor plan app to design something and give us some idea of what we may be able to do.
With that in mind, which one would you suggest? I have an iPad, MacBook and iPhone.
Designer, Illustrator, are all great design apps, but they are generic tools and require a fair amount of learning to use.
I would definitely recommend a floorplan-specific app instead. They have built-in templates for common floorplan elements (windows, doors, etc.) and understand specific needs such as adding a door to a wall, breaking a wall into corners, etc.
Using a general purpose app instead of one purpose-built would be like using a spreadsheet for a double-entry account system. Sure, you can do it, but you are re-inventing the wheel and starting without any pre-built help from those that have already analyzed the application domain (floorplan) and created all the common functions and templates most people need.
I used this iOS app for free 3 years ago when I was planning a house: Room Planner. It was really easy to use and also has a linked library of IKEA and other store furniture.
I think I hit a paywall a couple of times and I did consider just taking out a subscription for a couple of months to cover me, but in the end I was able to do all I needed without paying (my needs weren’t complicated, I just wanted to try different layouts and plan a garage conversion).