The market for home design software has definitely grown over the past few years. The demand for do-it-yourself designer programs have increased and software developers have responded by coming out with loads of applications to choose from. Below are some of the more popular home design software in the market as well as a brief description for each.
Instant Architect is a home design software designed and developed by IMSI Design. It is a CAD or computer-aided design program that caters to beginners. Although it may not have all the high tech features offered by most of its competitors, this program is still able to deliver useable outputs.
Creating floor plans, multi-perspective views, cost estimations, and the designing of gardens, bathrooms, kitchens, decks, and entire houses are all available on Instant Architect. Novice users will definitely have a ball using this program as inspiring elevation drawings can be completed I as little as an hour. It also happens to be very affordable; users can purchase the entire box kit for only around $30.
Home & Landscape Pro
Another CAD program developed by IMSI Design is Home & Landscape Pro. Compared to Instant Architect, this particular program is designed for the more advanced users. With a whole lot more features on board, users can come up with landscape designs, cost estimates, floor plans, as well as impressive 3D illustrations using Home & Landscape Pro.
While it does have its share of highly advanced and complicated features, this program can still be used by novice designers. The user manual included in the kit is very helpful and so long as it is reviewed thoroughly, users should be able to make use of a majority of the functionalities included in this program. However, interested parties will need to shell out a lot more money for Home & Landscape Pro as it retails for around $130 dollars online.
Home Designer Suite
Last, but definitely not least, on our list is a product of the team up between Better Homes & Gardens and Chief Architect Inc. The result is a masterful design program which is simply called Home Designer Suite. Basically, this program is an incorporated collection of cutting edge software tools that will help users design landscapes, bathrooms, kitchens, various rooms, and even entire households. Included in its expansive database is over 1,500 different sample plans, image galleries, design tips, as well as a myriad of simplified versions of CAD tools used by actual pros. The Home Designer Suite can be purchased for around $100 online.