Case Study Floor Plans

Yes, you can now have your very own, brand spanking new, freshly-built house designed by mid-century modern master Richard Neutra--the Neutra Office (and Neutra's son Dion, a partner) has teamed up with the California Architecture Conservancy to offer the architect's plans for license. According to a press release, "For the price of what one would customarily pay for an architect to design and render supervising architectural services, you can build one of the mid-century modernist master's works of art and have Dion Neutra and the Neutra Office supervise the construction." Two of the designs available are Neutra's unbuilt houses for Arts & Architecture's Case Study House program--Alpha (number 13) and Omega (six).

Fancy brokerage The Agency, which has been getting into all kinds of interesting territory lately, is handling marketing and sales for the project; partner Billy Rose says "Our clients have long coveted and wished to acquire 'Neutras' and homes from the Case Study House Program." Meanwhile, some of the fees involved in the licensing will go toward preservation and "effort[s] to support and foster" great architecture (although no specifics on that yet).

Neutra, in case you don't know, is one of the biggest names in American modernist architecture: "Known for rigorously geometric yet airy structures, Neutra worked with a keen sensitivity towards blending the interior and exterior of a space such that it would 'place man in relationship with nature; that's where he developed and where he feels most at home." You can of course sometimes buy his already-built houses around Los Angeles.
· Richard Neutra Architectural Plans [The Agency]
· Richard Neutra Archives [Curbed LA]

My name is Alan J. Maki, owner of Beyond Basics Drafting & Design and I have been using MacDraft since 1985. Growing up in a family owned chain of Home Centers I have learned the building industry inside and out. I started my career doing marketing for our Home Centers and in 1990 I started my own Drafting & Design company. Since then I have been designing libraries that allow me to be more efficient in the design process. Thanks to my libraries and MacDraft I can produce an average of 160 floor plans a year working a 10-15 hour week.

What is my secret?

When building a plan I found myself using the same components time and time again (i.e. decks, porches, garages, family rooms, stairs and entrances). With MacDraft’s easy to use libraries I created all the different floor plan components needed to assemble a working set of drawings. These library items can be dragged and dropped into any drawing in seconds. It is designed for speed, so contains only what I need to produce fast floor plans, sectional views, foundation plans and elevations fast.

The real world:

In the real world all plans that go to permitting are 2D drawings . You’ll find a number of software programs available from $80-$2000 that offer 3D renderings however this is not necessary and it only complicates the design process. With MacDraft and my libraries I concentrate on what is really needed and so I produce drawings in a fraction of the time it takes other home designers.

MacDraft stands alone:

MacDraft is designed to make you feel like you are working on a drafting table. With easy to use tools that help with the layout process, you will be up and running in no time. It uses drag and drop libraries and allows you to build pages based on your needs that can be used time and time again. With other programs on the market for $1000's of dollars, MacDraft is still the one that reminds you of how drafting should be done.

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Alan Maki - Floor Plan Designer

I have been designing libraries that allow me to be more efficient in the design process. Thanks to my libraries and MacDraft I can produce an average of 160 floor plans a yearMy name is Alan J. Maki, owner of Beyond Basics Drafting & Design and I have been using MacDraft since 1985. Growing up in a family owned chain of Home Centers I have learned the building industry inside and out. I started my career doing marketing for our Home Centers and in 1990 I started my own Drafting & Design company. Since then I have been designing libraries that allow me to be more efficient in the design process. Thanks to my libraries and MacDraft I can produce an average of 160 floor plans a year working a 10-15 hour week. What is my secret? When building a plan I found myself using the same components time and time again (i.e. decks, porches, garages, family rooms, stairs and entrances). With MacDraft’s easy to use libraries I created all the different floor plan components needed to assemble a working set of drawings. These library items can be dragged and dropped into any drawing in seconds. It is designed for speed, so contains only what I need to produce fast floor plans, sectional views, foundation plans and elevations fast. The real world: In the real world all plans that go to permitting are 2D drawings . You’ll find a number of software programs available from $80-$2000 that offer 3D renderings however this is not necessary and it only complicates the design process. With MacDraft and my libraries I concentrate on what is really needed and so I produce drawings in a fraction of the time it takes other home designers. MacDraft stands alone: MacDraft is designed to make you feel like you are working on a drafting table. With easy to use tools that help with the layout process, you will be up and running in no time. It uses drag and drop libraries and allows you to build pages based on your needs that can be used time and time again. With other programs on the market for $1000's of dollars, MacDraft is still the one that reminds you of how drafting should be done.

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