Constructing a home can be quite the challenge, which is why many people will choose to build a scale model of what they want first. After all, it is much easier and cheaper to make changes to a scale home building project than it is a real house. Once a person begins their scale model, they can change things and move things around until they are completely happy with the results. They can then use that scale model as the plan and design for the construction on their home.
The most popular scale is 1/12, which basically means that every inch equals one foot of real space. Some people prefer 1/24, so that one-inch equals two feet of space. However, everyone can use the scale that they are most comfortable with, as long as they do not make it too small or too large.
The first thing that needs to be done before the construction of a scale home building project is that a planning needs to be well thought through. The drawing plans can be done in scale, or they can be larger and then condensed down to the scale. The floor plan drawings then need to be traced onto a foam board.
After the floor plans are in place, the real building can begin. The walls for the first floor will be done first, and while they can be done using more foam board, many people prefer to use craft sticks. This allows a person to show where the studs would be and understand where wires, pipes, and other items can be located within those walls. It also shows where the doors and windows will be located when the house is completed.
The beams between the first and second floor can be installed once the first floor is completed. The stairs that lead to the second floor can also be put into place and this is where everyone usually plays for a little bit to get the positioning just right. The floor of the second story can then be put into place.
The roof is the next step and roof trusses are necessary to make the roof look real. The rest of the roof can be added to ensure that the homeowner likes the look and final result.
Now, while people can connect all their rooms in their scale home building projects, it is sometimes easier to keep them separate. When a person does that, they can move rooms around, and they have easier access to the inside. It is also better for when a person does not like how one room looks and needs to reconstruct it.
The fun part of every scale home building project is placing everything inside. This is when everyone can work together to determine what type of furniture will go where, where the appliances will be located, and whether or not there will be enough storage space.
People can even use the paint color that they want on the walls and simulate the flooring that they want in each room as well. This gives everyone a good idea of how everything will look when the entire house is finished. This allows people to decide that they like one color better than others and determine that wood floors or another material may be better than carpet in some areas.
While building scale models has been quite popular for years, they do not always need to be built by hand. There are plenty of computer programs available now that can create 3D scale home models. These CAD, computer-aided design, programs allow homeowners to see a 3D version of what each room in their home will look like.
These programs even go as far as placing the exact color that is wanted on the walls, the exact material on the floors, and the intricate details that include specific wall art or other types of décor.
It is much easier to create a home scale using these programs, just like it is easier to make numerous changes. The CAD software has allowed designers, contractors, and others to save a ton of time as they create a scale model of a home. There is no waiting for glue to dry, no cutting, and no measuring.
Instead, they click on a few items with their mouse and everything instantly appears on the computer screen. A person can view the rooms of the house from all directions and make changes as necessary.
It does take a little time to get used to these new programs, but the intricate details make them much better than the old-school scale models. A few people will construct a scale model to see how the outside of the house will look, while using a CAD program for the inside. This ensures that they are getting exactly what they want.