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Home Designer Suite earns our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award for its extensive feature set and overarching ability to customize every aspect of your digital home design. This home design software offers powerful features and tools for creating your digital dream home, letting you get as detailed as you want with your home design. Not only can you customize the inside of your home to your exact specifications, you can also landscape your entire lot and create the property you’ve always wanted.
The interface for Home Designer Suite is intuitive, even for beginners, and user-friendly features like support for multiple monitors and PDF saving and printing options also make it particularly easy to use.
Home Designer Suite offers advanced features that make your designs realistic, including the ability to show mirrors, reflections, sunbeams through windows and shadows around objects. These features among others make this home design software the fastest and most detailed tool for creating a digital version of your dream home. The other features include the ability to specify different trim materials for each side of a doorway and crop handles for reducing and enlarging picture boundaries, an easy way to keep the scale of symbols and moldings when resizing.
When you start this home remodeling software, you can choose between building a custom floor plan from scratch or working with a sample template. The sample room templates allow you to become more familiar with the capabilities of the program by providing you with finished floor plans and furnished homes that you can edit. You can use the materials paintbrush to change the color or texture of anything within your template and move preset furniture to where you want. There are a handful of sample plans to choose from to give you ideas for your own house.
You can view your 3D model in various ways. The dollhouse view is one of the most commonly used. This is an aerial view of the model looking inside the house without the roof. The glasshouse view is basically a 3D blueprint of your home that's perfect for fine-tuning architectural details. You can use the camera-angle tools to help you get an array of different views of your 3D model. Controlling the camera angles takes some getting used to with this 3D house design software. There are many different camera controls to choose from, which makes navigating your 3D home harder than it needs to be.
You can create a custom, walkthrough video of your 3D model when you are ready. You just set camera angles and guide the camera through your home and record your walkthrough. Then you can share the walkthrough of your digital dream home with friends, family and coworkers.
One of the most handy real-life applications you will find in home design software is a cost estimator tool. The cost estimator within Home Design Suite can help you budget your home design all the way down to the subflooring. When you click this tool, the program will create a spreadsheet of all the expenditures needed for your home redesign and help you truly plan and budget for your home renovations.
One of the most daunting sights you might face with home design software is a blank, 2D floor plan. This is where the House Builder Wizard comes into play. The House Builder Wizard asks you a short series of questions pertaining to the number of rooms, minimum square footage of the house and a variety of other questions. Based on your answers, the wizard generates rooms on your floor plan for you. All you have to do is move the rooms where you want them and with little effort, you have a custom floor plan.
Home Designer Suite has an abundance of tools to aid you with your 3D home model. You can specify the type of staircases you desire as well as the fireplace, fences, deck and more. These tools are ideal if you are a beginner to this type of software and they save you the time of trying to draw and create everything without additional guidance. The program allows you to place both your electrical and plumbing plans into your home design. This advanced feature is available in this software but not in many of the other home design products we reviewed.
For full property redesigns, there are multiple terrain tools to help you landscape around your house. You can add hills, water, gardens and much more. There is an extensive list of plant life that you can choose from to complete the landscape of your model home.
There are more than 6,000 objects to choose from within the object library. The objects range from items such as couches and beds to garbage cans and entertainment centers. When you select an object to go into your 3D home, you can customize it to your liking with the Materials Paintbrush.
Not only is the interior library large, but there is an extensive list for objects outside of the home as well. Home Designer Suite provides a large selection of exterior furniture and external light fixtures to give your model a homey feeling. There is also an extensive plant library that features more than 1,500 plant options to use as you design your yard.
Home Designer Suite is an easy application to use, but if problems or questions do arise, there are several support resources available. There are more than 30 tutorial videos to help guide you through this application's features and tools. There is also a user forum and several articles on the manufacturer's website to aid you with different aspects of the application. If you want to speak directly to a customer support representative, email and telephone support are both available.
Home Designer Suite is versatile home design software that has all the tools to fully redesign your property. The sample templates, video tutorials and House Builder Wizard help you learn the ropes of this software quickly, while you still have the ability to fine-tune nearly everything within a model to exact specifications. We highly recommend Home Designer Suite.
The House Builder Wizard helps you get your floor plan built without much time or effort. This is especially helpful if you don’t have any prior experience with home design software.
The camera is a little difficult to navigate. This makes it difficult to view your progress on your 3D model.
This software allows you to design not only the interior of your home, but your entire property down to the fine details. We highly recommend this powerful home design software.