Designing your first home has never been easier with the right home design software reviewed here on geekersmagazine.com.
How to Choose a Home Design Software?
Whether you are an architect new to your profession, or a hobbyist experimenting in architecture designing a home has never been so easy. A good architect has to have the pick of the qualities of both an engineer and an artist – technical knowledge and efficiency of a good engineer coupled with the artistic ability and fertile imagination of a very good artist. And the purpose of a good home design software is to help you be exactly that – a very good architect. The perfect home design software helps you to optimize your skills as an architect, to design just the perfect home – a home of your dreams, designing which would fill you with joy, pride and with a sense of achievement.
There are several home design software products in the market. Picking the right one can be a real challenge, given the many variables involved – such as your skill and experience level as an architect, your goals, and your main purpose.
Here, we discuss some of the factors that you should keep in mind while picking just the perfect home design software for your home. Do read on.
1. Who is the home design software meant for?
Are you an experienced architect with a great degree of skill and with several homes to your credit or are you a recent graduate from architecture school, a relative newcomer to architecture, still finding their way about in the profession? Or are you just an amateur, a hobbyist who merely dabbles in architecture? Depending on these factors – your levels of experience and skill – you may purchase the right home design software to suit your needs. Typically, the most hardcore professionals use more complex and sophisticated versions of home design software, while a perfect user interface and the ease of use are most important for amateurs or relative newcomers.
2. Affordability of the home design software.
Once again, this depends on whether you are an experienced architect or a hobbyist. A professional usually does not have to worry about the price of the software, and typically buys the best brands available regardless of the cost. Designing homes is a serious job for a professional architect and he wouldn’t be doing the right thing by his customers if found to be compromising on quality for economy. However, as a hobbyist, you may choose simpler and more economical versions of home design software – as most would suit your needs almost perfectly. Some are even available for free and are meant specifically for the amateur architect. Such free software usually has the most basic features and should be tried out first before you move on to bigger and more sophisticated products.
3. Is your system well equipped to handle the home design software?
The greater the complexity and sophistication of the home design software, the higher is the processing power required. The most powerful software consume a lot of memory and require powerful systems. So you may select the right home design software depending on the processing power, memory, and storage capacity of the systems that you own.
So which home design software should you buy?
Here are the best home design software programs in 2016 based on the considerations listed above. Some of them are even free, such as Google Sketchup.
- Home Designer Suite by Chief Architect
- IMSI TurboFLOORPLAN Home & Landscape Pro
- Punch! Home Design Suite
- Google SketchUp® (FREE)
- DesignWorkshop Lite (FREE)
- FREE Floor Plan Tools
- Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Software
- HGTV® Software
We will review the best home design software programs for 2016 soon and will keep you updated of the same. Hope you enjoyed reading this!
Raghav Hegde, Bangalore
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