Pros / This software has a quick-start wizard and a feature that lets you adjust controls for ambient light, shadows and the radius of light.
Cons / You can't import or trace floor plans into the program from a third-party source.
Verdict / Punch Interior Design Suite has a learning curve, but it has eco-friendly features and the tools you need to give your kitchen a makeover rather than a complete overhaul.
Punch Interior Design Suite is well-equipped software with tools and features to redesign your kitchen or update your entire home. This kitchen design software lets you experiment with different color schemes, lighting, materials, counters, cabinets, paints and more. You can place and replace blinds, curtains, floor types and almost any home design feature. It's a great option for those wanting to test their ideas virtually before spending money at a home improvement store or hiring a professional designer.
Punch Interior Design Suite comes with extensive tools and libraries that make it a nice design software application. However, it's not a program you can jump into and start designing immediately. It takes practice and time to master. Despite the learning curve, there is a quick-start wizard that helps you start a kitchen design from scratch even if you're new to the software. Other helpful tools include a project cost estimator; expansive object and materials libraries; and electrical, plumbing, and HVAC plans.
With this kitchen design program, you can use metric or standard U.S. measurements, view your designs in 2D and 3D, and set camera angles to view virtual remodels of any room or section of a room from any angle. It lets you view designs in several ways, including a dollhouse view, wireframe view and 3D walkthrough.
Punch Interior Design Suite lets you import photos and images to your designs. For example, if you see a light fixture or furnishing in a magazine you want in your dining room, you can import the photo and use it in your design to see how it would look.
The drag-and-drop feature with this software is better than average. You simply click on the viewing icon in the 2D window and drag it where you want it. The changes you make in the 2D window are reflected in the 3D view and vice versa.
Punch Interior Design Suite offers its trademark SmartWand tool that lets you change materials on a wall, an entire room and throughout the entire house with a click of the mouse. It offers recognized brands of building materials to incorporate into your designs and thousands of furnishings and accessories.
You can insert a full dining room or kitchen set into the plan, but it will show up as it appears in the object library. Once it is placed into your plan, you have to rotate each item in the layout so that it matches the design of your home. This creates extra work. Also, this program doesn't allow you to import or trace independent floor plans either from your own files or a third-party source.
Decorator palettes in the application let you create multiple color schemes and alternate between them to determine your favorite color and to choose matching color schemes. You can add light fixtures and turn them on in your designs. You can design controls for ambient lighting, shadows and more.
You build green with this 3D kitchen software with tips specific to your designs that help you save energy. You also can design closets and organize your garage. The Visual Array tool helps you quickly and easily lay out shelving.
Punch Interior Design Suite offers thousands of objects and materials for use in your designs. That includes appliances, bathroom fixtures, cabinets, doors, flooring, interior furniture, light fixtures, stairs, windows and more. It even offers plants, outdoor furniture and outdoor light fixtures. It does not offer railings or additional free elements to add to your designs.
This program lacks some advanced features like the ability to import floor plans, trace floor plans and a material list. If you want these options you should look into the pro version of the software, Punch Home Landscape & Design Premium.
Punch Interior Design Suite offers limited customer support. There is an extensive online community forum. There's also an online FAQs section. This interior design software is not accompanied by much in-product training. If you need one-on-one help, there is phone support but not live chat.
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While Punch Interior Design Suite takes practice to learn to use it effectively, tools, like a quick-start wizard, will help you get started on a design or redesign your kitchen. While you can't import a plan into the program, you can import photos and images into your existing plan. It offers plenty of tools to create a virtual room with all the elements, color schemes, flooring, windows, doors, moldings and furnishings most people will need.