Pros / Its SmartRoom Blocks feature helps you create rooms quickly.
Cons / The software doesn’t have dollhouse and wireframe views.
Verdict / Total 3D Home Design Deluxe has plenty of tools to help you reimagine your home's interior as well as a plethora of sample plans and objects. However, some design elements are dated, and its overall functionality is limited.
Total 3D Home Design Deluxe can help you redecorate your living room, renovate a spare bedroom, add a family room or design an entire house. This program is somewhat difficult to learn and use – if you want a more intuitive program, consider our top pick, Virtual Architect Ultimate. Still, even with its learning curve, Total 3D Home Design Deluxe is functional, though limited, interior design software.
This program is a good way to brainstorm ideas for house plans, interior décor and even landscaping. It provides the basic tools you need to dream up and sketch out your ideas. However, it’s missing several features you can find in top-ranked products. Still, Total 3D Home Design Deluxe is adequate to create usable interior design plans.
The SmartRoom Blocks feature lets you create complete rooms automatically, which saves time. Also, the software’s color-coded floor plans make it easy to distinguish between windows, doors, furnishings and appliances in your designs.
You can design in both 2D and 3D. Also, this software lets you import images to use in your design, such as pictures of furnishings and fixtures, and it can simulate interior lighting and shadows. In addition, its photo render feature transforms your designs into lifelike images.
However, this 3D interior design software does not let you create custom animations or movie-like walkthroughs of your finished design. Moreover, you can’t view designs in dollhouse view, which allows you to edit without the roof in the way, or in wireframe view, which is a 3D line drawing of sorts.
Even though Total 3D Home Design Deluxe is affordable, it has a variety of paint, wallpaper and flooring options. You can choose from more than 40 types of windows and doors and customize them to fit your personal style. It also has more than 1,000 sample plans, a materials paintbrush, and tools to generate stairs, cabinets, window coverings and more. A window treatment tool lets you place shades and valances.
This home design software has thousands of brand-name products and materials in its object library, including appliances, bathroom fixtures, cabinets, doors, windows, flooring, light fixtures, stairs, interior furniture and more. There is also a photo gallery of design ideas for inspiration. However, the library doesn’t have design elements to make handicap-accessible plans, fireplaces and outdoor furniture, and you can’t download additional free items.
You can’t drag and drop objects in any of the 3D views, but you can adjust textures, colors and materials in either 2D or 3D. We had trouble importing objects into one of our designs, even though we followed the steps – it disappeared when we went to apply it to a wall in our design. Also, many of the texture, color and material options are out of date.
We didn’t run into problems with floating objects as with some other programs, but we struggled to line up objects. This is partly because the program updates each section separately. More advanced software recognizes when sections are continuous and adjusts the design accordingly. For instance, in one design, we had a kitchen sink with cabinets above it. We added additional cabinet sections on either side, but they wouldn’t line up with the cabinets above the sink and jutted out a bit.
One of the software’s advantages is it tracks estimated and actual costs for materials and labor. This gives you an idea of what the final price will be on every project you design. However, you can’t design electrical and lighting plans or HVAC and plumbing plans with Total 3D Home Design Deluxe, so this estimate will be slightly off.
Support options are somewhat limited and can be spotty. There is a FAQs section on the software’s website, but there isn’t a community forum to interact with other users. You can contact customer service by phone or email, but we didn’t always get a quick response to email inquiries. The company includes a manual and tutorials in the program but not online. Other manufacturers generally made it easier to find answers.