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 it takes longer to get a working grasp of all the tools and controls than other programs.
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. However, you'll first need to invest time and effort to learn how to use the program.
Editor's Note: Home Designer Suite 2019 is now available. Clicking the Visit Site button will take you to this new version for purchase. New features include: a 3D viewer app; ability to rotate symbols in 3D and save designs to the Cloud. We will evaluate, rank and review the latest version when we next update the Home Design Software reviews.
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.
Additionally, Home Designer Suite’s interface is packed with professional-quality CAD tools, giving you access to advanced options not found in most home design software. That being said, a word of caution to beginners - don't expect to be able to learn the entire program in an hour as you must familiarize yourself with the various features first, and can seem overly complicated at the start, due to its numerous buttons and tools. However, once you have taken the time to learn how to find your way around this software and get used to the controls, you will find it to be intuitive and versatile.
Home & Floor Plan Design
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 need 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 software 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. Chief Architect frequently updates their 3D asset library with improvements and new models, such as custom stair railings and fine details such as power outlets and cabinet overhangs.
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. You can also create custom room names and add notes to personalize your plans even more.
Another interesting feature of Home Designer Suite is the ability to export and render your floor plan to be viewed with either the Chief VR Cardboard on your mobile device, or the browser based Chief Architect 360° Panorama Viewer. This feature enables you to view while rotating and viewing panoramic images of your exported plan and is a great way to experience your changes in a simulated environment.
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 need more plants than this, check out our top pick Virtual Architect Ultimate. It comes with more than 7,500 plants to choose from.
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. Although the interface is relatively complicated for the beginner, we recommend this software if you are willing to dedicate the necessary patience and time needed to grasp the controls. Fortunately, the included sample templates, video tutorials and House Builder Wizard help you learn the ropes of this software fairly quickly and Home Designer Suite allows you to 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. We're confident dedicated DIY types can learn to navigate this application and anyone already familiar with CAD software will feel right at home.