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  VA HouseDesigner          
  - the house & garden planner for everybody -  

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The new version of the popular ArCon open House Designer. Now even more powerful. You can plan your house project right at the PC with the VA House Designer.

New included: The 3DS Import filter. That means, the object catalogue is endless expendable.

Modernized interface in 3D touch.

 House and floor plan assistant (with just 4 mouse clicks the house is ready)

Adjusted cost estimation, new exclusive 3D objects and textures.

 
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  * There are a few translation mistakes in the software and the manual has not been translated yet, that is why we offer this software so cheap. Nevertheless, the "online manual" is available in English. As soon as the manual is translated properly the price will increase. This might be your only chance to get this great software so cheap!  
     
 
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Great Add-Ons for your VA Projects.

 

 

VA HouseDesigner - DETAILED SPECIFICATIONS

  • Actual cost estimation
  • Remodeled surface in 3D Touch
  • Exclusive WACKENHUT SCHLAFKULTUR 3D Objects included.
  • You can import and export 3DS-Files into the VA HouseDesigner for continue work in other CAD-programs.
  • Dramatic speed increase when working in the design mode of the VA HouseDesigner with DirectX support.
  • The VA HouseDesigner  provides Real-time Shadow when walking through, additional an adjustment to soften the shadows.
  • Selecting of furnishing objects in the construction mode. Furnishings can be selected, changed or moved (also with entire area moving, see above)
  • Automatically outside measures in the VA HouseDesigner : All outside measures incl. windows and doors will be generated with a push of a button and automatically updated when changes occur.
  • Additional 3D-window in the construction mode, freely re-positioning , for the simultaneous 3D-view when constructing.
  • Free definition of texture measures ( size, origin, direction ) on walls, floors, ceilings, plates, chimneys and supports like with the plate designer of the version ArCon +6 open
  • Measure function for measure information in the construction mode
  • New input variant for round walls: Circular arc tangential at wall
  • Overview measures in the construction mode when generating walls, beams, screeds, windows, doors and wall block outs.
  • VA HouseDesigner  terrain assistant: Different, given terrain models can be selected and edited.
True to scale input
True to scale input of any complex floor plans, supported by raster, support lines and ruler
are possible in the VA HouseDesigner .
 
Plan and Design
It is possible to plan and design endless floors including basement and attic floor.
Floors can be shown / hidden in the VA HouseDesigner . Walls will be generated and blended as 3D-models.Windows and doors can be selected from given pallets or can be designed by intelligent assistants.
Necessary wall openings will be automatically generated when placing. Ceilings will be moved in automatically.

 
Wall holes
It is possible to cut any rectangular holes into walls.
There is a check box in the dialogue “advanced window design” to show or to hide the window frame (incl. glass).
 

Automatic stairs construction
The VA HouseDesigner  has an automatic stairs construction incl. handrails for L-and U shaped pedestals as well as for straight, coiled, half-coiled stairs and for
arbor- and circular arc stairs. All stairs can be selected either as solid- or wood construction. The surfaces are freely designable and at a push on a button the optimum safety after DIN 18065 can be calculated. A lower and a top level displacement can be calculated for every stair. Furthermore, for every straight single run stair can be the inclined accession and egression be selected via angle input. With the help of this special „stair types“, ramps can be included into the planning, for example to design apartments for handicapped people. To generate any polygonal stairs and to select different handrail types use the polygonal coiled stair. The many setting possibilities allow the adaptation to different styles. Any 3D-objects can be used as poles. The filling of the handrail can be done with vertical alternatively horizontal bars or with a glass area.
 

Automatic and free roof constructions
The VA Housedesigner includes an automatic and also free roof construction for saddle-,pent-,hipped-,half
-hipped-,mansard- and barrel-shaped roofs, as well as a combination of all including roofing and drip details. The VA HouseDesigner  generates automatically a construction suggestion for the truss, including rafter and jack rafter,
arris- and valley rafter, as well as ridge beam, inferior purlin and middle purlin.
The roof editor supports in a simple way the definition of new, complex roof shapes. For every roof wall can be decided , if it is a simple roof wall , a gable wall, partial hip wall, a mansard roof wall or a pent roof wall. Depending on the selection, the needed parameter will be requested and with a drawing explained.
The truss will be adapted automatically to the construction. With the help of the included Undo-and Redo functions in the dialogue box can every step of the construction be withdrawn or rebuild.
The advanced sill of a lock gate assistant simplifies the connection of different drip levels. At visible roof beams tops you can select different roof beam tops.  

 
Dormer
Three different dormer types (incl. the truss construction) are supported. The front dormer wall can be stand on the floor (not attached dormer) or just reach to the roof area (attached dormer).
The following dormer types are supported: shed dormer ,saddle roof dormer and triangle dormer. You can put windows into the dormer walls, like in normal walls.

Skylights
All about the windows for the attic conversion is perfectly edited in the VA HouseDesigner .


A huge selection of skylights can be used for planning with the VA HouseDesigner . Also following skylight selection of VELUX are available:

- GDL – the double wing skylight with roof exit
- GPL – the retractable – oscillating - window
- GHL – the retractable – oscillating -
- GTL – The living – and exit window.

 
Beam cross-section
It is possible to define all wood cross-sections for a roof construction with a dialogue.
An information box shows all relevant data about the roof (roof area, Ifdm
cullies, gable board, etc.).
 

Complete furnishing in 2D and 3D mode
Planning of the complete furnishing up to wall papers and floor covering in different style catalogues, which include more than 3000 objects and textures (textures are used for surface structures )with the enclosed standard catalogue in the VA HouseDesigner
. Furthermore, you have the choice to generate any own textures.
Besides Windows – BMP –Files also following files will be supported: JPEG, TIF, PCX, GIF and PNG.  
Also moving objects can be now displayed in the VA HouseDesigner . With the moving objects is it possible for example to open the door of a cabinet.


Terrain modelling
The terrain will be marked by an extensive polygon.
Afterwards you can put height points and also you are able to cut holes into the terrain (for example for swimming pools). The terrain can be separated into different areas (Patio, ways, lawn, garden, etc.) and afterwards be textured individual.

Consideration of sun and moon position
With the help of a dialogue box you can determine longitude and latitude (the input can also be done by country and city).
The daytime determines the exact position of sun or moon, which can be shown in the background when wished by the user. In reference to the time of the year and day a determination of the daylight colour will be shown. A north arrow can be positioned on the construction plan. This north arrow determines the direction of sun and moon.

Photo realistic presentation with Ray-Tracing
A special function of the VA HouseDesigner  is the photo realistic simulation of the light conditions with the help of Ray-Tracing. Light, shadow, transparency and reflection will be calculated realistically. The VA HouseDesigner contains of course a generation of high quality pictures for your presentation.
 
Building-/Object shadow
The user has the possibility to determine, if the house shows a shadow or not (for example a building shadow for outside videos with patio shadow). F
or objects can be chosen as well, if they should show a shadow or not. This is sometimes important when generating pictures to use shadows. This function is an addition to the already existing function “lamp generates shadow”.
 
Labelling, dimensioning and output
The dimensioning of floor plans with single- or chain measures is another feature of the VA HouseDesigner . An effective and scale output for every floor, including frame and writing field can be done with every to windows connected printer or plotter
. Floor plans, views and pictures can be included into Microsoft Word for Windows for presentations of all kind.
 

Foreground / Background - Bitmap
A Bitmap as a foreground or background can be shown at any place in the design mode (for example the VA Virtual Architecture logo, company logo, etc.).
This bitmap is also shown on the generated pictures and videos.

There is the possibility to insert a bitmap for the background presentation (horizon, view angle).

 
Cost dialogue
A cost estimation can be done
with the 7 cost groups of DIN 276.

Numerical input
At the coverage of the floor plan in the VA HouseDesigner  there is the choice besides the input via cursor and raster also to do it numerical (addition to „dimensioning input).
With that, the polygon will be captured only rough and will be determined exactly afterwards. This function helps extensively for the coverage of the floor plan.
 

Import of DWG, HPGL- und 2D-DXF-Files
DWG, HPGL- and 2D-DXF files can be used and shown as foils for the floor plan input. Also our VA Software versions include as a standard the export of HPGL-and 2D-DXF-files and ProCAD-foils as 3D mode for further use in other CAD-programs.
 
Planning and construction of several buildings with different levels
It is possible to plan and construct several buildings with different levels with the VA HouseDesigner  (for example for nested town houses ).
Beams and coatings, also wall holes are supported.
 
Creating of videos as AVI-files
The VA HouseDesigner  can create videos with the common Windows video format AVI.
 Create  videos for the builder and set a new standard in the presentation of your building project.

Detailed room information
At the push of a button detailed room information can be created as a text document including room identification, information text and automatically calculated data, like floor area, volume, ad measurement and wall area. A listing of all rooms as RTF-file can be created with Microsoft Word for Windows, which additionally if you like includes a listing of the furnishing per room. The complexity of the data can be chosen by the user.
 
 
Cuts and views
You can define any horizontal, vertical and diagonal cuts in the construction mode.
Every cut can be placed into the actual plan as a picture or can be defined as a separate sheet. The cut areas will be shown as hatched. The same applies for the views.

Cuts in the design mode
The created cuts in the construction mode can also be displayed in the design mode. This gives you the opportunity to look into the house like into a dollhouse
.
 
Calculation of floor areas and volumes
The rooms can be assigned for the occupancy according to DIN.
The calculation of the areas and volumes can be done with the help of the function “room info” as a word document. All articles of DIN 277 will be taken in consideration for the calculation of the ground areas and volumes ( for example room heights lower or higher than 1,50 meters).
 
Virtual walls
With the help of virtual walls you can create rooms, which sides are not completely surrounded by walls, that means, you can create logical rooms which will be taken into consideration for the area calculation, or continues walls can be separated for separate texturing.
Also you are able to create floors with different levels with the help of virtual walls.
 
Export of pictures
The export of pictures in the design mode is not only possible as a bitmap, also vector orientated formats can be exported (HPGL, DXF, Windows-Metafile, etc. ).The request can be activated in the design mode under the menu “file-vector graphics export”. All of the offered VA Software versions use as a standard „covered edges” for export.
Whenever the presentation mode “wire model” is chosen, it will be used for export.
 
Two Standard-Macros for exporting
Two standard-macros for exporting the files of VA-projects according to ProCad and speedikon (HLI-format) provide a simple and almost complete export of projects in the mentioned programs.

 

 

Further VA - Virtual Architecture Software offers:
 

 

For everyone who wants to remodel their apartment..

 

 

 planning up to the building application with architectural graphical presentation

 

 

The most comprehensive VA version.

   

 

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