Pros / It is compatible with SketchUp, which lets you import your own photos.
Cons / The software’s website is missing some support options, including a FAQs section and live chat.
Verdict / TurboFloorPlan Home and Landscape Deluxe doesn’t include as many tools as the more expensive Pro version, but it has the important ones and is reasonably priced.
TurboFloorPlan Home and Landscape Deluxe isn’t the most advanced interior decorating software, but it has all the tools you need to create, organize and decorate a stunning new home interior. It costs about half as much as our top pick, and while it isn’t as powerful, it gives you the best value for your dollar.
You can start designing immediately using the software’s handy QuickStart feature, which allows you to drag and drop premade rooms into your plan and arrange them as you please. There are also 45 sample plans in the program you can edit and change. If you prefer, you can import a photo of your own using SketchUp and design with your current home as the starting point.
This software can display your design on screen in a variety of ways. One of our favorite features is the program’s lighting recreation, which shows a realistic picture of what your design looks like with natural sunlight, shadows, ambient light and more. The dollhouse view display’s the layout from above as though your home had no roof. However, the application doesn’t have wireframe or glass-house views, which would allow you to see through walls and can be helpful with some projects. Still, the view options it has are enough to help you envision how your completed renovation will look.
TurboFloorPlan Home and Landscape Deluxe’s cost estimation tool gauges how much the materials you choose cost so you know what it will take to bring your design to life. This spares you the chore of researching the costs yourself and can help you stick to a budget. The software also keeps track of measurements for rooms, doorways and more and automatically readjusts them as you make changes.
This design program has a library of more than 4,700 items you can use to build and decorate your online design. However, several programs we reviewed have even larger libraries – for example, Virtual Architect Ultimate, our top pick
TurboFloorPlan Home and Landscape Deluxe’s Build Green button is another useful tool, and it offers advice on creating an environmentally friendly home. This software even has green objects in its library, including bamboo flooring, recycled glass surfaces and more. Another benefit is the program includes landscaping tools, so you can plan decks, yards, garden plots and other outdoor spaces while you decide on interior renovations.
It’s important to get exact color matches, since you’ll be looking at your home's new interior every day for years to come. This interior decorating software has a wide selection of color options that includes name-brand colors, so if you see the perfect paint chip in a store, you can incorporate it into your digital design before you pick up a paintbrush.
There are only a few customer support options, but the help information in the software is excellent. The program has more than 100 video tutorials, and they make it easy to learn how to maneuver through the software and design. If you have problems, you can call the company, and there are community forums to help you troubleshoot. However, the product’s website doesn’t have a FAQs section or live chat.