Pros / This home design software offers sophisticated CAD tools so what you create can be comparable to what an architect or contractor could do.
Cons / There are so many tools to work with that, at times, it is overwhelming, and working with the roof wizard requires many extra steps.
Verdict / This software presents top-notch tools for designing, including a home builder wizard and great guidance from video tutorials so you can make a professional-quality home design.
Editor's Note: Home Designer Suite 2018 is now available. We will evaluate, rank and review version 2018 when we next update the Home Designer Software reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about Home Designer Suite 2017.
Home Designer Suite earns our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award for its extensive feature set and ability to help you customize every aspect of your digital home design. This home design software has powerful features and tools that make it easy to create your digital dream home, letting you make your home design as detailed as you want. Not only can you customize the inside of your home to your exact specifications, but you can also landscape your entire lot and create the property you’ve always wanted.
Home & Floor Plan Design
Home Designer Suite’s interface is packed with professional-quality CAD tools even though it is designed with the DIY homeowner in mind. Once you have taken the time to learn how to find your way around this software, you will find it to be fairly user-friendly. However, you must familiarize yourself with the various features first, and a beginner will find it rather complicated.
When you are starting your project, the House Builder Wizard asks you questions about the number of rooms, minimum square footage of the house and other important details. 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. You can also import scanned floor plans or photos into the application.
This comes with a comprehensive roof wizard that permits you to pick whatever type of roof you want and choose where to put different sections. Unfortunately, this tool requires extra steps to cut away any excess roofing that might hang over parts of the building that are not precisely square or mesh two different sections of roofing together.
One of this 3D home design software’s handiest tools is its cost estimator. When you click on this tool, the program creates a spreadsheet with totals for supplies you need to build the home you've created.
Interior & Room Design
With over 6,500 objects to choose from in the object library, you can find appliances, furniture and household items in the sizes and styles you want. The library includes such things as couches, beds, garbage cans and entertainment centers. When you select an object for your 3D home, you can customize it to your liking with the materials paintbrush. You can also import 2D or 3D objects into the library if you can’t find what you are looking for.
This room design software does not have a dedicated kitchen builder wizard, but the user manual has detailed, step-by-step instructions to help you build a kitchen to your own specifications.
Landscape & Garden Design
Home Designer Suite has multiple terrain tools to help you landscape around your house. You can add hills, water and gardens as well as creating staircases, fences and more. With the program’s deck designer tool, you can create intricate decks, adjusting the materials they are made of, their sizes and styles.
In addition, this software includes a large selection of exterior furniture and light fixtures, along with tools to create pathways, hot tubs, swimming pools, and places to grill food and eat outside. There is also an extensive plant library with more than 1,500 plant options to use as you create a beautiful new yard with flower beds, trees, hedges, shrubs and other vegetation.
If you have questions, you can watch more than 30 tutorial videos to help guide you through this application's features and tools. You can also access the FAQs section of the website or call the company for quick answers.
Home Designer Suite is versatile home design software that has all the tools you need to fully redesign your property. The sample templates, video tutorials and House Builder Wizard help you learn the ropes of this software quickly, and you still can fine-tune nearly everything to your exact specifications. The professional-level of the tools might seem a bit much for a beginner, but it's a mixed blessing. DIY types can learn to navigate this application and anyone already familiar with CAD software will feel right at home with this product.