PROS / This software is easy to use and features substantial libraries filled with home and landscape objects.
CONS / This does not come with a kitchen design wizard.
VERDICT / Although it has fewer advanced tools than the top programs, Punch Home & Landscape Design Premium is capable software for designing the interior and exterior features of a house.
You can put Punch Home & Landscape Design Premium software to use designing your dream home, and you’ll no doubt be pleased at how easy it is to use this feature-filled application. This home design software offers plenty of exceptional design and construction tools, and you can create high-quality 2D and 3D renderings. The program’s large object library houses a variety of interior and exterior pieces, and its customization tools can help make your home design unique.
One of this house design software’s highlights is its QuickStart Preview. This tool helps you quickly start designing a floor plan without drawing individual walls for each room. A list of rooms, along with hallways and closets, is located along the top of the QuickStart screen. You can drag and drop the rooms onto the floor plan, arrange them and adjust each room’s dimensions.
You can view your design several ways, including in 2D and 3D. You can view the home in dollhouse and aerial views, and you can walk through the entire home. Of the programs we reviewed, Punch Home and Landscape Design Premium produced some of the highest-quality 2D and 3D designs. They are accurate, and the 3D view displays a realistic-looking home. In addition, you can see your design in frame view, which means you can see and alter beams and studs. This can be helpful in certain areas of the house where you might want to install more insulation. Punch Premium is CAD software compatible so you can export your designs as DXF or DWG files to an architect or contractor.
The room design software has several features that make the design process easy. Roofing wizards, window and door designers, framing editors and even stair generators add specific features to your home without much effort on your part. You can also add curved walls, along with electrical and plumbing plans. While the program has several helpful tools, it lacks a kitchen design wizard, which is unfortunate since a kitchen is usually one of the most complicated rooms to design given its multiple functions, plumbing and electrical requirements. There’s another drawback in that you must take extra steps to align a roof properly over a structure that isn’t rectangular or square. Some software applications do that automatically.
This floor plan software boasts a large object library. You choose from more than 4,700 objects to add to the interior and exterior of your home. The library includes furniture, railings, kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures and more. Still, this library is not as large as those in other products we reviewed.
In addition to the object library, you also get a large plant library of 4,000 plants to add to the landscape around your home. You can choose from pre-designed flower beds that you can edit, or you can create your own. Then, as you work through your design, you can add patios, decks and retaining walls to your design, all made from materials of your choice. In addition, you can see how the plants will look after years of growth, which helps you plan a backyard that you will love for years to come.
Punch offers several support resources including video tutorials and a FAQs section on the manufacturer's website, along with how-to resources to help you with the software. You can also call the company to speak to a support representative.
Punch Home & Landscape Design Premium is a powerful home design application. This product has plenty to offer, including outstanding viewing options and tools to create a beautifully landscaped yard. While the program is missing some interior design tools, such as a kitchen design wizard, its quality and usability make it a good option for designing both the interior and exterior of your home.