Pros / This program has helpful 2D and 3D views to let you envision what your design will look like.
Cons / There is a persistent problem with floating objects that is hard to fix.
Verdict / While Punch Home and Landscape Design Essentials has its weaknesses, it has a great selection of floor plans, tutorials and tools for novice designers.
Punch Home and Landscape Design Essentials has an easy-to-use interface and tools that can help you design your kitchen even if you're new to kitchen design software. While its lacking advanced tools, the program has an extensive selection of objects and sample floor plans. It will help you create high-quality floor plans and realistic 3D renderings of your kitchen.
This program can help you generate ideas for a kitchen design with 2D and 3D views that are easy to edit. You can designate camera angles to view your digital design from or virtually walk through your rendering. You can also view your home and kitchen from dollhouse mode, which allows you to see it without the roof.
Punch Home and Landscape Design Essential has a library of over 4,700 objects. You can furnish your kitchen with a variety of objects, including light fixtures, appliances, and pots and pans. If you like to place plants in your kitchen or other areas of your house or yard, this kitchen design program has over 4,000 flowers, trees and shrubs to choose from. You can add electrical and plumbing fixtures like sinks, outlets, ceiling fans and chandeliers, but you can't place wiring and pipes for these fixtures.
You can familiarize yourself with the program using several video tutorials located on the company's website. This program, in fact, has one of the best video tutorial libraries we saw. To get started, you can drag and drop rooms into your floor plan. You can insert a full plan, like a dining room or kitchen set, but you can only place it as it appears in the object library. Once it is placed into your plan, you have to rotate each item in the layout so that it matches the design of your home. This is a little tedious and makes it difficult to keep everything centered and together, but with a little extra effort, you can create a functional kitchen plan.
One other issue with this program is that we had a problem with floating objects. Sometimes when we dragged an object, like a cabinet into a kitchen plan, it appears suspended over the floor. The steps for fixing floating objects was not as intuitive as turning objects in a floor plan. You need to click on the object and use the dimension tools in the text box to adjust where the object sits, which was somewhat complicated. We were able to fix the problem, but it took extra time.
You can import a photo of a room into this kitchen planning software, but once it is imported, you can only view it as a background image – not as a layered image. In order to trace a room and convert it to a 2D plan, it must be displayed as a layered image. A background image is nice for enhancing the look of an image, but the software won't allow you to recreate a floor plan and edit it.
The objects library is respectable with this 3D kitchen design software, though some of the styles of wallpaper and seem dated. There are bathroom vanities, dining room tables, appliances all within a couple of clicks. We like that landscaping tools are included as well so you can visualize what a remodeled or new deck might look like outside your kitchen space.
This program doesn’t calculate what materials will be needed to construct your design. If you need this tool, you’ll need to upgrade to Punch Home Landscape & Design Premium.
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.
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Punch Home and Landscape Design Essential is a good kitchen designer software for users of any skill level. It has tutorials, sample plans and a large object library that will help you create a kitchen plan of your home. This program will allow you to place full kitchen plans into your design, but you will have to rearrange the objects to match your specific layout. While this creates some extra work, this program provides a legitimate platform for creating a kitchen design plan for your home.