PROS / This program has landscaping and topography tools to design your dream yard.
CONS / You cannot include curved walls in your design with this software.
VERDICT / Punch Home and Landscape Design Essentials helps you design high-quality floor plans and extravagant landscapes with ease.
Editor's Note: Punch Home & Landscape Design Essentials v19 is now available. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this version for purchase. We will evaluate, rank and review Version 19 when we next update the Home Design Software reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about Punch Home & Landscape Design Essentials v18.
Punch Home and Landscape Design Essentials boasts an easy-to-use interface and plenty of design tools to get you started designing your digital home. It is missing advanced tools, but the program creates high-quality floor plans and realistic 3D renderings of your home.
When you first start the program, there are video tutorials you can view to familiarize yourself with the software. This 3D home design software gets you up and running quickly with its QuickStart menu. The menu allows you to drag and drop rooms into your floor plan and arrange them any way you want. After you add the rooms you want, you can adjust their sizes, as well as add walls and wall breaks. However, you don’t have the option to add curved walls to your floor plan.
When you drag and drop rooms to your floor plan, they are automatically generated into a 3D model which you can view using the 3D preview button located in the top right corner of your screen. The software creates a high-quality display of what your home will look like in 3D. You can use this feature to ensure dimensions are correct and objects are exactly where you want them. We found that the 2D floor plan was not as sophisticated as those generated by our top-rated home design software; for example, the 2D symbols lack detail.
If creating a custom plan seems overwhelming, the software has 45 sample home templates you can use to help you get started. The templates include single- and multi-level homes in a variety of architectural styles. Once you upload a sample home template, you can edit the home any way you choose or just use the design as inspiration.
This room design software's cost estimator can help you prepare for your real home renovation. It automatically generates a spreadsheet of all the materials you need and how much they cost, so it is easy to stick to a budget.
This house design software has landscaping and topography tools you can use to enhance your entire property. The topography tools can make hills and valleys in your yard, as well as gardens, fountains or fences. There are also tools to create sidewalks and patios.
Punch Home and Landscape Design Essential boasts a large library of over 4,700 objects. You can furnish your home with a variety of objects, including exercise equipment and home entertainment centers. The plant library has a list of over 4,000 flowers, trees and shrubs to put the final touches on your digital front yard.
In addition to the in-application support, which includes video tutorials, tips and access to a user manual, the Punch website features a FAQs page. If you need further support, you can contact the support team via email or telephone. Reps were very prompt and helpful in their responses to our inquiries.
Punch Home and Landscape Design Essential is a solid floor plan software for users of any skill level. The video tutorials, QuickStart menu and user manual help beginners learn how to use the software, while there are plenty of tools to support more advanced users in renovating or designing a brand new home.