PROS / The IntelliDeck tool is a unique and useful feature if a new deck is on your list of projects.
CONS / This program requires you to recreate your house and property piece by piece.
VERDICT / If you don't mind building your own layouts, this product works well for designing a home and backyard simultaneously.
With tools for designing both a house and yard, TurboFloorPlan 3D Home and Landscape Pro can help you get just what you want in your future home, inside and out. This landscape design platform comes with few templates, but it has a unique tool to help you design a deck. It can also help you visualize your plants now and for many years into the future with its growth tool.
This home landscape design software has deck templates that can be dragged, dropped and edited until you create the design you want. The IntelliDeck feature automatically follows the shape of your house so you can quickly position a deck that flows naturally from your doorways.
One timesaving feature is the Visual Array Tool, which allows you to add plants along a set path, and you decide the spacing. This tool will give you an idea what your greenery will look like even years from now. The growth tool allows you to decide, for instance, where to plant a tree because you’ll be able to see how it will someday cast a shadow.
Many programs only offer home design or landscaping design, but TurboFloorPlan does both. The front yard and backyard designs that you can craft with this software look realistic because you can design in a 2D or 3D environment. You can get a feel for your final design by using a 3D walkthrough tour.
There are not many yard templates or samples with this lawn design software, aside from the detailed deck tools. A lack of templates will not matter for every project, but sometimes a template is nice to get your ideas flowing.
It’s also nice to be able to go back in your design as far as necessary to reconfigure an idea that didn’t take shape the way you imagined. For this reason, we prefer platforms that let you undo and redo as many changes as you like, but TurboFloorPlan 3D Home and Landscape Pro lacks this functionality.
The website could be more informative as there is no FAQs page to answer basic questions. You can call or email customer support with questions. This is, however, one of the few developers with a live chat option available during business hours.
Other products outshine TurboFloorPlan 3D Home and Landscape Pro in terms of template selection. However, it's a good option overall, especially if you want to plan your home and landscape at the same time. This software has tools that will help you build a deck, lay out a plant scheme for years into the future and do a 3D walkthrough tour of your home and yard plan. It’s a multifunctional program with some nice tools and enough support options to ease the burden of home improvement.