Pros / You get a built-in tool that provides a list of materials and cost estimates for your project, and there are more than 100 video tutorials to guide you.
Cons / This program has limited kitchen design tools and lacks a wizard to help you design this essential and multi-faceted room.
Verdict / Even though this software is easy to use and is a good option for beginners, it has advanced tools and capabilities that grow with you as you become familiar with the program.
You will find few home design software applications on the market that are as easy to use and full of features as TurboFloorPlan Home & Landscape Pro. This user-friendly 3D home design software will have beginners drawing custom floor plans within the hour. However, it still has all the necessary tools to keep advanced users satisfied. With high quality renderings, powerful design tools and large object libraries, TurboFloorPlan Home & Landscape Pro is a great choice for home design software.
Home & Floor Plan Design
Our testing showed this software is straightforward and easily understandable, and takes only a little time to learn to navigate. In addition, it displays multiple support options when you first start the software. You can use one of the 45 sample floor plans and edit it or try your hand at making a floor plan from scratch, which is easy when you use 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 is automatically generated. 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 remodeling your home or changing your landscape. The drag-and-drop capability makes things easy, and some of the 100 video tutorials address how to get started on designing your new house.
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 your creation or ditch something that doesn't quite fit in. These tools, along with the cost estimator, help you plan and budget your rebuild or remodel project – as far as materials – before you attempt the real thing.
This application also lets you create curved walls, which are a great way to add a special flair to your home. The application also has a framing editor, so you can add extra beams or adjust rooms’ dimensions. The 3D home design software also provides a helpful wizard that allows you to customize the roof and its pitch.
Once you have prepared your design to your liking, you will be pleased to learn that they are compatible with CAD software and you can export your plan in DXF or DWG formats to an architect or contractor.
Interior & Room Design
The object library has more than 4,700 items that you can experiment with, including appliances, flooring, light fixtures and more. With so many varied things to choose from, you can find the size, color and style of every item you want in your house. For example, there are hundreds of cabinet combinations to examine and experiment with. In addition, you get multiple ways to view your creation.
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.
Landscape & Garden Design
You can add character to your property by changing the topography of the landscape around your home. You can add hills, declines and much more. If you are unsure about what changes to make, you can always try out some of the built-in landscape templates to see different ways to make your yard and garden more attractive. To add privacy and some real pizzazz to your yard, you get a fencing tool, which you can customize.
This software comes with a deck designer so, once again, you can see which style looks appealing on your property and next to your home. You can also create water features such as hot tubs, swimming pools, fish ponds and more.
With a plant library of 3,800 kinds of vegetation, you won't be at a loss for different tree, shrub, flower and other kinds of plant life to add to your yard. This also comes with a helpful plant encyclopedia that tells you what grows best in which part of the country and provides advice about such things as sunlight, soil and water. While this is more than enough plants to fit your needs, Virtual Architect Ultimate has more with 7,500 plants to choose from. The Sun Global Positioning Tool lets you see the sun's angle, position, shadows and more. A growth tool lets you see what your trees and shrubs will look like when they're growing, and using both of these tools will help you choose where to position things. Clearly, you don't want voluminous tree leaves casting huge shadows over a flower bed of sun-loving zinnias and marigolds.
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 call IMSI Design. Unfortunately, you do not get a FAQs section on the website.
TurboFloorPlan Home & Landscaping Pro is one of the easiest to use of the applications we reviewed. It has the important tools to help you plan your home renovation or create an entirely new house, and these tools include 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 so it is exactly the way you want it to be.