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5 Smart Apartment Designs That Maximize Space

One of the key design solutions for a well-designed tiny apartment is multifunctional spaces. Assigning several functions to an area minimizes wasted space and maximizes every inch of space. Hiding unused components also declutters the area, making it appear larger than it looks. These are just some of the clever solutions designers implement to create beautiful and efficient interiors. Below are seven well-designed tiny apartments that will capture your interest.   1. 24 in 1 Transformer Apartment Designed by: Architect Gary Chang Area: 24 sqm / 258 sq. ft. The concept for the apartment is a time-based design that uses shared space one function at a time. Several movable walls hide everything out of sight, decluttering the space. Everything slides against the wall to open up center space. By layering several movable walls, the apartment has abundant storage space hidden within the wall. Shifting the center wall panel to the center allows access to the hidden bathtub, which also has a

Affordable Alternative Software for Architects


I wanted to buy the best software when I started my architectural firm. The office that I used to worked for invested in software that I consider to be the benchmark in our industry. After careful deliberation on the cost of this software, I chose to seek alternatives to those programs that didn't break the bank. After trying out other apps, these are the ones that I personally like.



CAD Drafting Software

Benchmark: Autodesk Autocad ($1050/year) 

Progecad ($499)



Pros:
Very affordable.
Compatible with AutoCAD files.
Excellent customer support.
Similar interface and commands with Autocad.
Bundled with a huge library of 2d & 3d blocks.
PDF to Dwg converter

Cons:
It can be unstable on huge files.
Crashes occasionally occur.
Sometimes corrupts Autocad files saved in Progecad.

Zwcad ($799)







Pros:
It is a lot more stable than Progecad.
Files that are made in Autocad are compatible.
I haven't experienced any errors transferring from AutoCAD to Zwcad.

Cons:
Pricier compared to progecad.

Doublecad (Free)







3D Modeling

Benchmark: Autodesk 3D Studio Max ($1470/year)

Google Sketchup ($695)








Pros:
Easy to learn and user-friendly interface.
Access to a wide variety of free 3d models from google warehouse.
Extensive library of plugins or extensions.
Affordable and a lifetime license.
Integrated with google maps.

Cons:
Limited 3d modeling and editing capability.
Plugins are needed if you intend to create complicated models.
No built-in renderer
Unstable when files are very large.
No Xref or proxy resulting in huge file sizes.


Rendering Software

Benchmark: Vray ($760)

Lightup ($349)











Pros:
Real-time Rendering of Light and Shadow.
Photorealistic output.
Walkthrough your Sketchup model with rendered materials, lights and shadows.

Cons:
It requires a powerful computer to function properly.
It takes time to render real-time when scenes are large.
Unstable when scenes are large.

Kerkythea (Free)




Office Programs

Benchmark: Microsoft Office ($149.99)

Kingsoft WPS (Free)








Libre Office (Free)





Photo Editing Software

Photoshop ($119.88/year)

Gimp (Free)






Project Management

Microsoft Project Standard($589.99)
Gantt Project (Free)











Project Libre (Free)





Open Project (Free)


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