Pros / This software has thousands of objects in its database to help you craft a more complete design.
Cons / The learning curve on this program is very steep; be prepared to spend many hours before you get the hang of it.
Verdict / With a vast object library, realistic 3D imagery and comprehensive design tools, this is a great program for creating a well-designed kitchen.
Home Designer Interiors has a wide range design tools, household objects and templates for renovating or remodeling your kitchen exactly as you want. With this program, you can pick and choose from three databases of objects, so you can fill your kitchen with terrific amenities and design it with flair.
- Object Library Size
Home Designer Interiors is the only kitchen design program we reviewed that is compatible with both SketchUp and Trimble 3D Warehouse object databases. This means that in addition to the thousands of objects built in to the software, you have access to many more in the third-party databases that include SketchUp and Trimble 3D Warehouse. With so many choices, you can let your creativity flourish. There was only one application we reviewed that has more objects to choose from: Virtual Architect Ultimate Home Design.
The library has everything you need to equip a kitchen, including sinks, cabinets and appliances – there are dozens of cabinet styles alone. There is also a notable selection of stone, tile and granite surfaces for your floors as well as light fixtures and switch plates. The design library has 3D houseplants and kitchen appliances you can position on your virtual countertops, in addition to decorative backsplashes and crown molding.
You add objects to your design using the drag-and-drop tool, which was not as easy to use as those in other applications. For one thing, you can only use it in the 2D mode, and when you do, you can’t simply put your cursor on something and move it. Instead, you choose the object you want and then click where in the design you want it.
Home Designer Interiors has design tools for windows and doors, and there is a materials paintbrush that allows you to choose wall colors, textures and coverings. The program also offers an array of cabinet styles in its library, and it has convenient tools to manipulate them. You can use the Center Objects Tool to anchor cabinets under windows, dormers and other architectural features.
This program helps you plan HVAC, plumbing and electrical configurations. It’s a good idea to run extensive changes to plumbing and electrical systems by a professional to ensure they pass your local building codes.
Planning & Construction
If you don’t plan on changing your kitchen's basic layout, you can import your existing floor plan into Home Designer Interiors. Additionally, you can trace over the lines in floor plans or blueprints to recreate different features you want in your design. This quickly gets the basics out of the way so you can start redesigning your cabinets and other elements.
This program also makes it easy to recreate your kitchen's floor plan from scratch – especially with its automatic dimensioning tools. As you digitally draw your kitchen walls, the software shows exact measurements, and they change as you adjust the dimensions of walls.
Using this software, you can enter the exact dimensions of objects like appliances, cabinets and countertops. This is useful because it allows you to measure the amount of each material you need. There is also a cost estimation feature that takes the materials list and generates a price estimate.
The program has a 3D walkthrough feature, which lets you preview your kitchen design as if you were strolling through the room itself, and you can see a realistic rendering of your final design from different angles. The dimension and perspective provide you with a much better idea of the finished product’s aesthetics than a flat 2D drawings or blueprints. You can even see where shadows will fall with Home Designer's light recreation capabilities.
After you finish your design, you can export it in DXF and DWG formats, so an architect or contractor can examine it.
Help & Support
The website has video tutorials to help guide you as well as community forums and a FAQs section to find answers to various questions. If you still can’t find answers to your questions, you can always call the company or use its helpful live chat feature.
This 3D kitchen planner has a great selection of the design tools you need to create a beautiful kitchen. It comes with practical planning features, like those for electrical layouts, and aesthetic features such as a vast database of objects that includes cabinets, appliances and countertops. Home Designer Interiors’ practical and artistic tools combine to give you everything you need to plan an extensive kitchen remodeling project.