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DIY Post Frame Designer®

DIY Post Frame Buildings? No Problem With DIY Post Frame Designer.

Just because they’re practical doesn’t mean post frame buildings and steel frame buildings have to lack style. And your frame construction certainly better be built safely and efficiently. So, do it right with DIY Post Frame Designer.

Design Your Post Frame Building With Form And Function.

Don’t fall for the trap – you don’t have to settle when you’re designing a post frame or steel frame building. Design with your style and vision, using the materials right for your project. DIY Post Frame Designer is a web-based application, so you don’t need software, or any experience. Start designing your post frame building to include exactly what you need. It's easy with our intuitive software.
  • Web-based design application
  • Click & drag method of drawing frame construction designs
  • Multiple frame construction methods & building preferences
  • Multi-view, with realistic shading and 3D rotation
  • Detailed printouts for building permits
  • 3D visualization, with photo realistic textures for materials and products
  • Advanced frame construction design for pros

Plan Practical – But Stylish – Post Frame Buildings Yourself.

DIY Post Frame Designer lets you lay out your vision while providing the appropriate material options to build a safe, lasting frame construction that will fit your needs. You’ll have multiple design views to aid in applying for a permit, and be able to use enhanced 3D imaging and texture resolution for photo-realistic materials and products. And, you’ll be able to view and choose materials by classification, lumber size and grade.

Build A Post Frame Building Yourself.

Features Of Our Free Post Frame Design Software

Print A Complete Post and Frame Construction Material List
  • Frame Construction Materials You Need
  • Includes Quantity Of Materials To Buy for Optimal Post and Frame Construction
  • Descriptive Cut List for Lumber Used in Post and Frame Construction
  • Materials Chosen for Safest Possible Post and Frame Construction

Visual Feature Highlights

  • Photo Real 3D View
  • Virtual 3D World (Rotate the Fence at Any Angle)
  • Photo Real Material Textures
  • Continuous or Step Rotation
  • View Designs in Layers by Turning Sections On/Off (Roofing & Siding Exterior, Wall Framing and Roof Framing)
  • Photo Sharing
  • Home Visualization
  • Support for Shadows and Movable Light Source in 3D
  • Wire Frame View

Frame Construction Design Customizations
  • Change the Height, Width and Length of Your Frame Construction Design
  • Specify Framing Methods and Styles, including Building Preferences of Your Frame Construction
  • Specify the Stud and Purlin Sizes and Spacings
  • Choose from Vertical or Horizontal Gable Roof Styles
  • Specify Roof Pitch
  • Specify Gable and Eve Overhangs
  • Specify Truss Built or Rafter Built Roofs for Post and Frame Construction
  • Specify Door and Window Styles to Meet Your Post and Frame Construction Needs
  • Specify post and frame construction Roof Materials
  • Specify post and frame construction Siding Materials
  • Quote post and frame construction Siding by the Inch
  • Specify Soffit Materials
  • Specify Frame Construction Foundation Properties
  • Specify the Window and Door Header Sizes
  • Easy Design Mode: Design Automatically Engineered Using Building Codes
  • Choose Post and Frame Construction Materials and Sizes for lumber
Multiple Views & Printouts
  • Plan View
  • Post Layout View
  • 3D View
  • Dimension View
  • Complete Bill of Materials
  • Metric Reports Available
  • Print All Views Using Desired Paper Size
  • Materials Usage List
  • Create and Inspect Various Components of the Design
Additional Features
  • Designs are Based on Products within Catalogs
  • Bill of Materials Exports all Fields
  • Import & Export Material Pricing
  • Materials Selections Include Product Images and Learn More Links
  • Quick and Easy Registration and Activation
  • Enterprise Design Sharing - Sales Associates and Pros Can Work with DIY Customer Designs
  • Marketing Messaging for Co-Branders and Retailers
  • Regional Material Selection
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System & Application Requirements

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We need to make sure your computer has the required Microsoft® components installed.

Operating System Prerequisites
NOTE: This is a high-end graphical application that requires a newer PC and additional Microsoft© components.
Required Software Components
  • Big Hammer Security Certificate
  • .NET framework 3.5 SP1 Client Profile
Hardware & Software Requirements
NOTE: Internet Explorer must be set as your default browser.
Recommended System Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows 7®, Windows Vista or Windows XP® Service Pack 3
  • Intel® Core2 Duo® processor or AMD Athlon™ 64x2
  • 2048 MB RAM
  • 2 GB of available hard-disk space on System Drive
  • nVidia GeForce™ 9 series or ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 Series video card w/ Open GL 1.4 & Direct X9
  • Broadband internet connection > 2Mbps
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device w/ scroll wheel
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • .Net framework 3.5 SP1
Minimum System Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows XP® Service Pack 2
  • Intel® Pentium®4 2.0 GHz processor or AMD Athlon™ 2000+
  • 1024 MB RAM
  • 1 GB of available hard-disk space on System Drive
  • Discrete nVidia or ATI video card w/ Open GL 1.2
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • .Net framework 3.5 SP1
Additional Notes:
  • Mac is not supported.
  • Intel Integrated Video is not supported.
  • For the best 3D experience, you should update to the latest video drivers (see your video card manufacturer’s website).