I’m not dead … yet, I’m just working! I found a new site for house plans and 3d renderings totally online. So, creating and modifying and rendering has never been so available. You just need a big screen for better work. The sweethome3d.com will give almost anything for your new house plan. Of course is not as permissive as other 3d software, but for getting an idea of what you want is almost a perfect site. You can create materials, play with the walls, and so on.
On the bad side, they don’t have a negative field for flooring lets say or some cutting walls in diagonal shape, but in the end you’ll make some small compromising things and you’re done. And did I mention is totally online.
My new creation is a small modern hacienda like house and then I’ll have something else ready already. Oh, the ideas.. i just need to find some time to play in this. Sweeeeeeetttt!!!!
PS: I almost forgot. You can print in .pdf the plans and they give you the list of all the objects in the house, the plan and a 3d preview all in a .pdf. Looks nice, very nice.