Well finally after much searching on the web I found a software package that I could afford, was simple to use and didn.t take hours to download only to find that it wouldn’t work. So I got to work to redraw the house plans as the last ones were done using a mix of Publisher and SmartDraw. SmartDraw trial ran out and I wasn’t go and spend $400 on it although it is a good product. The new one is called HomePlan Pro, you get a thirty day trial and then it is only $40.00 US to purchase. So far it has been very easy to use and seems to have everything that I need.
It is now seven months since we moved in and we have had time to see how the house might work. The thinking at the moment is to turn it into a four bedroom house with one and a half baths, a large kitchen/living area and an extension to the rear that can be used as a studio or another family room with a deck off of that. With a reasonably large back yard (half an acre) we think that four bedrooms in the future will be more useful than three.