Whether you are in the market for a new house or simply wish to update your bathrooms and kitchen, there are plenty of software packages available that will allow you to design the home of your dreams from the comfort of your office chair.
Home Designer Suite
Home Designer Suite is a versatile software package that includes all aspects of home design, including floor plans, landscaping and interior design. With an object library of more than 6,000 objects and 1,000 cabinet combinations, the capability of displaying on your laptop in 2D and 3D design modes, the ability to perform walkthroughs, and the inclusion of a cost-estimating feature, it is a powerful tool for designing your perfect dream home. One feature that sets Home Designer Suite apart from the others is the ability to include both plumbing and electrical designs. Moreover, it is user-friendly for those at all skill levels of design.
Home & Landscape Design
Like the software package just mentioned, Home & Landscape Design allows you to produce a three-dimensional floor plan as well as providing tools to create landscaping, exterior, and interior designs all from the comfort of your laptop. You can view the three-dimensional model of your home in both aerial and dollhouse views. The Quickstart Preview is a highlight of this particular program in that it allows you to quickly generate a floor plan without having to draw individual walls for each room. A list of rooms, hallways, and closets is located on the toolbar, enabling you to simply drag and drop the items into the configuration you wish. The program also provides a walkthrough function and will simulate exterior and interior lighting so you will be able to see what your home will look like at any time of the day.
Turbo FloorPlan 3D Home and Landscape Pro
The highlight of the Turbo FloorPlan 3D Home and Landscape Pro is its extensive plant library containing more than 7,500 varieties of flora. The program features a useful Plant Encyclopedia that provides detailed information about the varieties of plant species included. With this software package, you are still able to create on your laptop 2D and 3D models of your home, along with lush landscaped yards and decorative interiors. As with the previous package, the Home Builder & Design Wizard enables you to create the floor plan without having to draw out each wall.
Total 3D Home Design
The Total 3D Home Design includes more than 1,000 sample floor plans from which you can choose for your design. Or you create one from scratch. The software package also includes a cost-estimator and allows you to decorate the various rooms of your design. It is fairly easy to use, but there is a bit of a learning curve involved. The location of all the tools and features is not always readily apparent with this program. The object library contains about 500 items and there are 48 cabinet combinations available.
Instant Architect also provides for 2D and 3D viewing. It provides a house builder wizard that will help you create in mere minutes a home from the foundation up. While some features are missing, like various building wizards (kitchen to name one), the program does have an extensive object library and provides more than 225 cabinet combinations. Instant Architect also lets you select the interior and exterior lighting of the design. Unfortunately, there are no templates from which to draw your design, but, as with some of the other programs, telephone and live chat are available in case you “paint yourself into a corner,” so to speak.
Owning a home is still the quintessential American Dream, and a Home Remodel/Design software package is a fun place to start whether you are serious about doling out the cash for a new home or redesign or just want to play around at building the castle of your dreams.