Home Design Software

PC Magazine reviews a home design solution called Professional Home Design Platinum from Punch Software. You can download a feature-limited demo to try for 15 days or purchase the entire suite for $99.99.
You start from the ground up by laying out your floorplan then add walls, doors, and windows. From their you’ll be able to render your plan in 3D and you can add other home features like gardens and landscaping.
There’s a free program from Google called SketchUp but it’s nowhere near as full-featured as the Punch software.

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
  • kristin c

    I don’t like sketchup. I didn’t find it very intuitive. These might be similar programs but I think this one is definitely more for homeowners while sketchup is more for basic layouts.