PROS / With its helpful resources, which include design wizards, videos, and step-by-step instructions, this software is suitable for both beginners and advanced users.
CONS / This software only has design tools for the interior of your home. There aren't any landscaping tools to help you design your home's exterior.
VERDICT / While the program lacks a landscape designer, it has an extensive design tool set, large object libraries and quality floor plans so you can design your home down to the last detail.
Chief Architect's Home Designer Interiors helps you plan and design your dream home or renovation project. It has advanced design tools that create realistic and accurate floor plans as well as large object libraries you can use to customize the interior of your home. We award this home design software our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award for its usability, advanced feature set and high-quality floor plans.
This 3D home design software shares a similar interface to our Gold Award winner, Home Designer Suite, with the exception of its landscaping tools, which Chief Architect lacks. The program's interface is clean with the most commonly used tools available on the top panel and the object library located on the right side of the screen. The tools are easy to access. You can find more complex tools available in a drop-down menu.
We found this software very easy to use. While the program features several advanced tools and capabilities, it has design wizards, video tutorials, and step-by-step instructions (which you'll find in the manual) that help you learn how to use and master the tools quickly.
You can either build a floor plan from scratch, select a sample plan or import a scanned floor plan. This feature makes it one of the best remodeling software applications available, since you can simply import your home's current floor plan and use the program's advanced design tools to add on to the pre-existing plan.
In comparison to the other home design software applications on our lineup, the quality of the final floor plan and 3D rendition surpassed other programs. Not only does this room design software application offer a realistic view of what your home will look like, but it also features an accurate, intelligent and easy-to-read 2D plan.
Interior Design & Kitchen
The software has several sample plans you can use as inspiration or to build a home from. With 23 samples, you can find a variety of shapes, sizes and layouts. After you have created a floor plan, this program has a massive object library with almost 5,000 items you can use to stage the interior of your home. With so many objects, you can find the style, shape, and size of the furniture, appliances, and household objects for each room in your house.
While this program does not feature a kitchen design wizard, you can use the tutorial videos and manual to build the more complex parts of your kitchen. The program has a variety of cabinet styles to choose from as well as a large selection of appliances and kitchen-related objects so that everything looks exactly as you want it to.
Construction & Landscaping
This software has a variety of advanced tools to help expert users. With a framing editor, you can adjust the frame of your home by adding, moving or removing beams. You also can build custom roofs, manipulate the dimensions of rooms, create curved walls or place electrical and plumbing plans into your home's design.
Home Designer Interiors focuses on the interior of the home. It does not have any topography or landscaping tools to assist you with designing the landscape surrounding your home. However, it does feature 400 different plants you can browse through to use both inside and outside your home. There is also a deck designer feature to help you design the deck of your dreams.
Help & Support
If you want to try out this software before purchasing it, Chief Architect offers a free trial with no time limit connected to it. While some of the features are limited, the free trial gives you a good idea whether this application can meet your needs.
Chief Architect's website lists both a telephone number and email address. When we reached out to the company, representatives were very prompt in responding to our questions. There is also a FAQs page and access to an online user manual you can turn to for any common problems or questions.
Home Designer Interiors may lack landscaping tools, but it compensates with its advanced design tools, high-quality floor plans and numerous support options. This program creates intricate designs, which are displayed accurately on 2D plans and are also realistically rendered when converted to a 3D view. Between the program's quality designs, usability and design tools, it is one of the best home design software applications.