PROS / This home design software offers kitchen, bathroom and deck wizards to help novice designers with complex home design projects.
CONS / The program only comes with nine sample floor plans.
VERDICT / HGTV's Ultimate Home Design offers many designer tools and help wizards so you can quickly and easily start designing your home's interior and exterior. We recommend this software for beginners, as this program’s capabilities are limiting.
Editor's Note: The publisher has informed us that HGTV Ultimate Home Design has been since updated and that the newest version is now known as Virtual Architect Ultimate Home Design. We will fully evaluate and reflect this additional information when we next update the Home Design Software reviews.
HGTV Ultimate Home Design offers many tools and design assistants, including kitchen, bathroom and deck designers to help you breathe new life into your home or create a new one altogether. While the program only comes with nine sample floor plans, you can select from thousands of online plans and import them into the program. Once you open a sample plan, you can edit the existing furniture, paint, flooring and materials to your specifications.
To get started with your home remodeling project, you can import existing photos of your home’s exterior or interior and then revamp every detail. For example, you can change the paint, flooring, countertops, and add windows and doors to the interior. Importing your 2D photos is a quick way to help you visualize what your interior will look like with a little redecorating.
We found that the quality of both the 2D floor plans and 3D renderings made by this program paled in comparison to the best home design software applications. The 2D floor plan has simplistic designs that offer little detail. The 3D view shows a quality image of what your home will look like; however, it is difficult to navigate the 3D views. We also found that many of the tools in the 3D version did not work as they should. The quality of the displayed designs determines how useful the plans are for contractors.
This home design software application is exceptional for remodeling your kitchen and bathrooms. The object library features over 3,200 objects and has an extensive list of sinks, showers and cabinets to modernize your home. The bathroom and kitchen wizards aid you in designing these rooms to your specifications by walking you through the process.
Within the object library, there is an extensive list of plants that far exceeds other home design software. There are over 7,500 options for trees, shrubs, flowers and more to landscape your digital property. You can also find outdoor accessories, including fountains, waterfalls and barbecues, in the object library.
The program’s cost estimator helps you budget for the changes you make to your home. This feature keeps track of all the materials you need for your remodel, plus it gives you an accurate figure if you're seeking a home equity or line of credit loan.
Should you encounter any problems with this floor plan software application, there is a short FAQs section on the manufacturer's website as well as an email address. There is an option for telephone support, but you have to pay a fee to use it.
HGTV Ultimate Home Design boasts an extensive object library for both interior design and landscaping. However, the 2D and 3D plans lack the quality seen in our top-rated home design software applications, limiting the usefulness of the program.