PROS / The software’s clean interface and easily accessible tools help even the most novice user create a functioning floor plan.
CONS / This program has limited kitchen design tools and lacks a wizard to help you design this complicated room.
VERDICT / Even though this software is easy to use and a good option for beginners, it has advanced tools and capabilities that grow with you as you become familiar with the program.
Few home design software programs are as easy to use and full of features as TurboFloorPlan Home and Landscape Pro. This user-friendly house building software will have beginning home designers drawing custom floor plans within the hour, yet it still has all the tools needed to keep advanced users satisfied. With high quality renderings, powerful design tools and large object libraries, we award TurboFloorPlan Pro our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.
In our hands-on testing, we found that this software is very easy to use, and it displays multiple support options when you first start the software. Making a floor plan from scratch is easy using the QuickStart menu. With QuickStart, rooms are labeled and color-coded above your blank floor plan. As you add rooms to your custom floor plan, a 3D model automatically generates. You can either build your own floor plan or you can import a scanned plan of your current home, which makes this room design software a good option for redesigning homes or landscapes.
We found that the quality of this program’s final floor plan and 3D home design were not competitive with our other top-rated design software. While the quality of the 2D plan was on par with other software, the quality and realism of the 3D rendering did not compare.
Interior Design & Kitchen
The object library has thousands of indoor and outdoor furniture pieces, including appliances, flooring, light fixtures and more. With almost 5,000 items in the object library, you can find the size, color and style of every item you want in your house. In contrast to its object library, the software only has 45 sample floor plans for you to reference or use. There are hundreds of cabinet combinations to choose covering many different styles. You can also import 2D and 3D objects to the library.
You can quickly furnish your custom floor plan using editable room templates you can drag and drop into empty rooms. There are templates for finished kitchens, bedrooms, living areas and more. These room templates can give you style ideas for each room, and you can change any details you don’t like. You can also manually design each room using the floor plan software’s many design tools.
Construction & Landscaping
When the 2D floor plan is on your screen, there is a list of tabs at the top of your window. You can add electrical, plumbing, HVAC and other details to you design. These tools, along with the cost estimator, help you plan and budget your remodel before you attempt the real thing.
One thing this program does that few other home design software products can is create curved walls. Curved walls are a great way to add unique character to your home. The application also has a framing editor, so you can add extra beams or adjust rooms’ dimensions. The program also allows you to customize the roof and its pitch.
You can add character to your property by changing the topography of the landscape around your home. You can add hills, valleys and much more. To put the finishing touches on your yard, there is a fencing tool, which you can customize. The plant library has thousands of different trees, shrubs, flowers and other plant life options to add to your yard.
Help & Support
You can find video tutorials online and read the in-program manual if you need help starting out. If you encounter any problems with your software, you can contact IMSI Design via email and telephone. We found that company reps were quick and helpful in their responses.
Of the programs we reviewed, TurboFloorPlan Home and Landscaping Pro is one of the easiest to use. It has the necessary tools to help you plan your home renovation, including a cost estimator and electrical and plumbing planners. Whether you are a beginner or advanced user, TurboFloorPlan Pro can help you plan or redesign your home.