Living in a container? A new trend in the world of housing!

by KamilaSu 22. September 2014 11:06

Modular architecture happens to be one of the new trends of modern living. Formerly used mainly for pragmatic reasons, today it loses the label of boring and tasteless architecture and competes with traditional construction methods mainly due to the speed of its construction, environmental friendliness, reasonable price and high mobility. 

The basic building component of this type of construction is called a module which is a construction unit of uniform size. First, it is produced in a plant and then it is transported to the designated plot. Actually, it's kind of semi-finished product delivered by a construction company to chosen place where it is adjusted according to our requirements and needs. Its uniform size allows the modules to be easily combined and opens the door for creativity. 

Building inspired by beehive is a modern version of a block of flats: 

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Well-built modular house can fit into nature without having to stick out like a sore thumb: 

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Container architecture is a specific industry that uses steel shipping containers which are used in ship and rail transport over long distances. The main advantagein using such container as a construction component is its low cost and optimum size. Currently, containers are used mostly for the construction of public spaces. You can have a coffee with a friend in a container cafe, have a dinner in a container restaurant or shop for clothes in a movable container shop (http://www.remodelista.com/posts/10-stores-housed-in-shipping-containers). 

Holiday House in New Zealand Port-a-Bach designed by Atelierworkshop:

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Innovations - we have added new elements to the editor, new types of staircases

by KamilaSu 1. September 2014 23:40

The latest version of our site offers several innovations. In particular, we would like to draw your attention to new types of staircases that we have added to FloorPAD designer. Now you can add bent or spiral staircase to your plans and choose its right or left orientation. 

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New kinds of staircases allow your customer’s better visualization of the property. 

 

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The most recent update had its 3D visualization improved and a few bugs from the previous version fixed.

Improved designer - new templates of floor plans

by KamilaSu 7. August 2014 11:15

In order to improve our designer and make it easier for you, we bring you another innovation. From now on you can choose one of the following ways when drawing the floor plans: you can create a completely new floor plan or choose one of the fifty existing plans.

 

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Templates of the plans are based on the most commonly used types of plans. You can choose from a variety of apartments of different sizes that can be changed, organized and edited arbitrarily. Thanks to a brief and concise description of each template it is really simple to pick a template according to your needs.

 

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We believe that this way of drawing the plans will increase the efficiency and quicken your work in FloorPAD designer.

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Website news - new types of floors and an arrow indicating the entrance

by KamilaSu 16. July 2014 10:12

We constantly strive to improve our website and designer for you and offer you way more options when creating floor plans. Also this time we have prepared a few novelties. Firstly, we have added new types of floors and carpets that you can insert into your plans. This wider range of floorings and coverings allows you to choose floors according to your own taste and change it arbitrarily.

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Secondly, we have added an option to put an arrow onto your plan indicating the main entrance to the apartment or house. Thanks to the arrow everybody can easily recognize the main entrance on the plan. Arrow simplifies the overall orientation of the floor plan and allows you to visualize the entrance and the entire property more easily. 

 

Try out these novelties in practice!

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Card payments and new dashboard

by Barbora S. 1. May 2014 12:46

We've improved our website to make it even more user-friendly for you. The first innovation is the introduction of card payments. So now you can chose to pay either with your card or via PayPal, whichever suits you better.

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The second innovation is our new dashboard that appears when you sign in to your FloorPAD account.  Your dashboard provides overview of all the important information about your account such as a number of available plans for example. You can also find there useful links, e.g. to our video tutorials showing how to draw correctly in FloorPAD and others. Last but not least you can learn much interesting information about your account such as the number of plans drawn during the last month, the overall number of plans drawn, or for how long you’ve been registered.

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We believe that these innovations will make your work with FloorPAD easier for you and that you will enjoy your drawing!

Building a house or looking for a flat? Find true north!

by Barbora S. 28. April 2014 12:53

There are many things to consider when building or furnishing a house.  One of the crucial criteria that need to be taken into consideration is the cardinal directions. No matter whether you have a parcel on which you are going to build or an apartment that needs to be refurbished, the decisions concerning compass directions are very important. It does not need to be said that this is the factor that will have the biggest impact on the amount of sunshine penetrating the rooms during the day.

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Similarly to other areas connected to property building and decorating, the perfect orientation greatly depends on one’s taste. The preferences and opinions vary from one person to another but there are some general rules that can be relied on.

The first rule is that the sunshine is important mainly when it comes to those rooms where we spend a lot of time. Sunshine has great effect on one’s mood and comfort which is the reason why it is appropriate to direct living room south or south-west. In this case, the sun rays will be entering the living during almost the whole day. There are also some pros to having the living room turned south-east - the sun warms the room up in the morning and this way you will avoid the afternoon heat in the summer. The same direction is appropriate for children’s bedrooms where kids spend most of the day.

When it comes to the bedroom, you have to consider whether you would like to have it in the east and be woken up by the sun. Another option is to have it facing the north so that the sun will never disturb you. On the other hand, you can direct your bedroom westwards which will help to warm it and may therefore result in significant savings on heating.

The terrace is another chapter. If you dream of having your breakfast and coffee on a sunny terrace, you should go for an eastern or southeastern direction. However, if you leave your home early in the morning and can’t wait to spend delightful evenings with a bottle of beer or a glass of wine on the terrace after coming home from work, it will be more convenient to have the terrace facing the west. If you are a true sunshine lover try to direct the terrace south. In this case, though, you need to accept the fact that you probably won’t be able to enjoy your terrace during the hot sunny days.

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And which rooms are eligible to face the north? All those that you do not spend too much time in such as garage, storeroom, study, or bathroom.

When making these important decisions, you cannot forget to take into consideration the region in which the property is located. In colder, northern regions, where there are only a few hot sunny days a year and the temperatures do not rise too high each ray of sun is most welcome. On the other hand, in the southern regions, the excess of sunshine may in extreme (though not exceptional) cases result in high investments in shading systems or air-conditioning.

There are also other influential factors such as the surrounding buildings that can shade your building parcel or the location of an entry to your parcel that you are not able to influence. Even though it is easier and cheaper to buy a ready-made building project, in case of a parcel which is not entirely perfect or is quite atypical it is advisable to go for a tailored project that will take into account not only your preferences but also the external conditions.

Regarding apartments, most of the predispositions are usually given and since the choice of apartments is limited, you will probably have to determine your priorities and consequently chose a flat that is closest to your ideals. The compass direction of the apartment, which will greatly influence your comfort, should definitely be among these priorities.

New floor plans gallery

by Barbora S. 10. March 2014 09:55

This time we have enriched our gallery of floor plans drawn in FloorPAD. We have picked for you dozens of well drawn floor plans, which show what you can draw in FloorPAD and at the same time they can serve you as an inspiration when creating a floor plan of your own home. Do not hesitate, visit our websites, get inspired or start drawing your own plans straight away!

Examples of floor plans drawn in FloorPAD

Innovations in Floor Plans Drawing: Compass and New Types of Floors - News in Progress

by Barbora S. 10. January 2014 12:56

We weren't idle during the holidays and we are starting off the new year bringing you two innovations. The first one is an extension of floor menu. We have added 12 different types of parquets, carpets and wooden flooring. So right now you can choose from 74 types of floors according to your taste, which are suitable in various rooms of your apartment, when drawing your floor plans.

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The other innovation we have developed for you is a compass thanks to which you can orient in space more easily and determine the cardinal directions which play an important role in interior planning and design. Orientation according to the points of compass does not only influence the Feng shui energy flowing through the space but also the amount of sunshine entering the rooms during the day. The compass in FloorPAD will remind you of the cardinal directions during the whole process of planning and designing and will help you make the right decisions.

 

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Note: To place a compass to a floor plan chose an item Compass from the Misc category (left-side menu). Consequently, you’ll be able to steer the compass.


Try drawing of floor plans with www.floorpad.com

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Download 2D and 3D Floor Plans as Pictures and Improved Drawing in FloorPAD – News in Progress

by Barbora J. 17. July 2013 14:13

We have improved the saving plans as pictures (JPG). Now you can save your floor plans even faster! Within a few second you have both 2D and 3D floor plans exported andthey can be edited as images then. While save the 3D floor plan at first you can set the correct view, press one button and FloorPAD takes care of the rest.

We have also improved the tool for quotas for drawing a plan of house or apartment. Drawing horizontal and vertical quotas in plan of apartment is is as easy as to draw a simple line. In addition, you can adjust its size. The dimensions of the rooms will be clearly readable, not only for you but also for your clients!

Try drawing floor plans on www.floorpad.com

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Simple Drawing of the Floor Plan with the ProgramFloorPAD

by Barbora J. 27. June 2013 00:37

You can design your own apartment or house interior with application FloorPAD just in a few minutes. While creating a plan you can follow the exact architecture of the apartment, because the size of the walls, rooms, but also the equipment can be easily set up. By using the various functions you can draw your ideas and by one click you can change the view from 2D to 3D floor plan. Have a walk in your new interior!

Have fun exploring variations of your home!

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