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Review SmartDraw Online Edition doesn't have the whizzy 3D features of its rivals but it's a solid technical drawing app that's good for creating floor plans.
Review It's limiting you to one retailer, of course, but the IKEA Home Planner app is a surprisingly clever option for fans of its Scandinavian designs.
Review Roomstyler 3D Home Planner is a simple, straightforward way to plan your room furnishing and decoration. Paid apps do more but this does plenty.
Review HomeByMe allows you to create beautiful, photorealistic versions of your designs to see exactly how each room will look.
Review Floorplanner is a hugely capable and user-friendly interior design app with a superb object library, cross-platform support and confusing pricing.
Review Packed with time-saving features, TurboFloorPlan Home & Landscape Pro 2020 is particularly well-suited to designing decking.
Review iScape brings your landscape design ideas to life using AR – but you may find its limited functionality frustrating.
Review SketchUp’s free version is excellent for plotting your ideas, though indulging your imagination with SketchUp Pro will cost you more.
Review Powerful and user-friendly in equal measure, Realtime Landscaping Pro is a dream for any landscape design project.
Review Total 3D Landscape & Deck Deluxe is a cheap and cheerful entry-level landscape design package priced for beginners, but expect only basic functionality.
Review Home Designer Suite isn't the friendliest app but the online help is good and there’s a great selection of design tools. The plant chooser is particularly useful.
Review Cheap and cheerful, DreamPlan Home Designer is best suited to straightforward projects such as planning decks or working out how best to fill a room with furniture.
Review Sweet Home is quite basic but it's free, really easy to use and it runs very quickly on even fairly modest hardware. Just don’t expect super-speedy photorealistic rendering.