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Home Designer Essentials 2014

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  • Entry-level DIY home software for designing, remodeling, interior designing and landscaping
  • Visualize home-design projects with 3D models and virtual tours before getting started
  • House Wizard and 500+ viewable sample plans; floor and space planning
  • Choose from 500+ realistic landscaping plants; automatically generate a cost estimation
  • How-to tutorials, 25+ step-by-step training videos, live online training webinars, and more
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Product Details

Platform: PC Disc
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0098EEN8E
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: October 8, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,247 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Platform: PC Disc

Product Description

Chief Architect Home Designer Essentials 2014: Home Designer Essentials by Chief Architect Software is our entry level DIY home software product that can help you with the basics to design, remodel, interior design or landscaping project. Visualize everything in 3D before you start your project. The House Wizard and over 500 viewable sample plans will help you get started quickly and easily. Try Home Designer today! Home Design: Creating your dream home has never been so easy. Visualize what your home design project will look before you build or remodel with 3D models and Virtual Tours Remodeling. Visualize your next remodeling project before you begin and save time and money. Move a wall, change a color, add a room, redesign a kitchen and estimate the costs - all before you remodel. Interior Design: Experiment with your interior design ideas using 3D models, virtual tours and advanced design tools. It's easy to make your decorating ideas come to life. Landscaping & Decks: It's easy to quickly design the virtual look and feel of your backyard, deck, patio, pool or any outdoor project. Create the Virtual Look and Feel Before You Build! Get Started Quickly! The Quick Startup Options Guide will help you begin with "How-To" tutorials based on the type of your project. You can also choose from over 25 easy "step-by-step" tutorial training videos that will quickly get you started on your next home design project. Live online training webinars are available on a weekly basis and you can access this training via the Internet. Home Talk is a User Forum you can ask questions from the community of users. Finally we offer great technical support by qualified in-house professionals.

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Home Designer Essentials 2014

Home Designer Essentials by Chief Architect Software is an entry-level DIY home software product that can help you with the basics of design, remodel, interior design, and landscaping projects. Visualize everything in 3-D before you start your project. The House Wizard and over 500 viewable sample plans will help you get started quickly and easily.

Home Design

Creating your dream home has never been so easy. Visualize what your home design project will look like before you build or remodel with 3-D models and virtual tours.

  • Use floor and space planning to size and visualize rooms for remodeling or redecorating
  • Quickly place and arrange walls, windows, doors, and furniture, and create decks and landscaping.
  • Automatically generate a cost estimation and materials list for your project
  • Design in 3-D and 2-D Plan View simultaneously and visualize your design ideas
  • Easy-to-use automated building tools for roofs, stairs, framing, cabinets, and more

Remodeling

Visualize your next remodeling project before you begin and save time and money. Move a wall, change a color, add a room, redesign a kitchen, and estimate the costs - all before you remodel.

  • Adjust room and wall sizes by clicking on the wall and moving, or by entering a specific dimension
  • Insert doors, windows, and skylights with One-Click tools
  • Use the Color Chooser to create the perfect color for your walls, floors, furniture, and accessories
  • Assign costs for materials with descriptions and quantities to estimate your project
  • Create a virtual tour by recording your camera movements
  • Build floors automatically with floor and ceiling structures

Interior Design

Experiment with your interior design ideas using 3-D models, virtual tours, and advanced design tools. It's easy to make your decorating ideas come to life.

  • Choose from thousands of colors, materials, and textures to apply to your rooms
  • Choose from a variety of latest interior design items including cabinets, chairs, tables, sofas, fabrics, and accessories
  • Advanced 3-D camera tools including Glass House, Doll House, and Final View for photo-realistic 3-D images
  • Choose from over 1,000 cabinets with Cabinet Designer tools, and customize using a wide variety of styles and colors

Landscape and Deck

It's easy to quickly design the virtual look and feel of your backyard, deck, patio, pool, or any other outdoor project. Create the virtual look and feel before you build.

  • Create custom landscaping or site plans in 2-D and 3-D
  • Choose from over 500 realistic landscaping plants
  • Design single- or multi-level decks including free-standing, tiered, and post-and-beam
  • Create driveways and sidewalks
  • Define decking materials, place and arrange outdoor furniture to correctly size your deck or patio

User Resources

  • Free online training videos
  • Free training webinars
  • Free technical support

System Requirements

  • Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
  • 2.4 GHz processor
  • 4 GB of disk space
  • 2 GB of memory
  • 256 MB of dedicated video memory, supporting OpenGL 2.1 or higher
  • High-speed Internet for registration and video access
  • DVD drive (if software is purchased on DVD)
Home Designer Essentials can help you with the
basics of design, remodel, interior design,
and landscaping projects
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Advanced 3-D camera tools including Glass House,
Doll House, and Final View
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Experiment with your interior design ideas using 3-D
models, virtual tours, and advanced design tools
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House Wizard gets you started quickly and easily
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Home designer essentials 2014 January 27, 2013
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We invested some time on the front end watching tutorials and it paid off. We are completely remodeling our house and the software allowed us to visualize all aspects of our remodel from measurement and placement of new kitchen cabinets to restructuring the exterior back wall of house for window installation (where no windows had been before). We especially like all the features that allow you to access top views, side views and even camera shots for 360 degree angle rotations as you walk through a room.
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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed November 16, 2012
Platform for Display:PC Disc|Verified Purchase
I am an interior designer that was looking for a program that I could easily knock out floor plans for clients. I watched the videos on line before purchasing this product. I then purchased it. It has so many glitches in it that I would not recommend it to anyone. When you go to print a 3D rendering it prints a nothing but a big black page. I contacted them and they gave me some ridiculous reason. I have other design programs and this does not happen. Painting surfaces which is usually easy was complicated and the selection of furnishings very limited. I will continue to use it for very simple floor plans but will don't anticipate using it for anything more than that. I will research and purchase some software that will meet my expectations.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Home Designer Novice December 28, 2012
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I recently purchased Home Designer Essentials 2014 and am very happy with the product. Due to an error in my order (my fault) I had to immediately contact customer service. I found the staff to be very accommodating and helpful. I am currently working on a "dream home" design. I haven't done any drafting work since high school thirty years ago. The tutorials are easy to follow. I was able to convert a hand drawn design on graph paper into a professional floorplan in minutes. I am looking forward to completing the basic plan and creating numerous interior and landscape designs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what we needed December 31, 2013
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This software is exactly what we needed to design our basement remodel. Our basement was unfinished and we designed it the exact way we wanted it and got to preview what it would look like before we started.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great software for "What If" December 10, 2012
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For what you pay for this software title it is a real bargain! Easy to learn and use (I drew my first dimensioned floor plan in just a few minutes and sold the job!)
Draw the walls, dimension them, place windows, doors, cabinets, furniture, then click and view the results, it's so easy and for under $50.00 it is unbeatable!
Yes it is their "entry level" title but you definitely get what you pay for. If you find that you need something more able, they will help you upgrade but it is a great place to start bringing your dreams to reality!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 10, 2013
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Not yet learned all I need to get fullest use of the functions available. Very intuitive if you have used computer software but also complicated with all the features. Some elements of the software do not match the user guide but disclaimer is there referencing dependence on your version of the software. Very powerful tool but will take some trial and error to realize full function available.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for remodels November 14, 2013
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Great product for developing house redesign plans. Fairly straight forward to use. Has extensive library of home decor items (furniture, cabinetry).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to design your own plans November 13, 2013
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Perfect for what I wanted to do. Plans are easy to draw and change. Lots of nice handy features for you to design your home and make other plans.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars We still love it.
I designed a 3,000 sq. foot, two story house with this software. I made sure all of my furniture, appliances, etc. would fit. You can see it in many camera views. Read more
Published 1 month ago by North Cost California User
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
its not as user friendly as I hoped
Published 1 month ago by courtney
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth it
maybe it was the way I was using this software but even that the low price it was not worth my time and effort.
Published 3 months ago by Genaro R. Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use if you read the documentation first
Easy to comprehend if you have any experience of installing new software and being able to use the manual to understand it instead of getting frustrated. Read more
Published 11 months ago by christy
1.0 out of 5 stars Application format seem Outdated
The software may have a 2014 date on it, but once you install and work in it, it feels like 2000 version. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mama Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
I read the reviews about this software being "too confusing" or "difficult". If you watch the tour videos and read the instructions online, it becomes simple. Read more
Published 13 months ago by TheLuckoftheSarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Good software for price
I have tried the software a couple of times. I didn't have too much trouble figuring out how to get started. I did use the training videos and they were very good. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sally K Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars gift for 15 year
this was a nice price for my daughter who is interested in becoming an architect. she is happy and enjoys it.
Published 16 months ago by k
1.0 out of 5 stars Version 7 better
In some ways someone who knows more about architecture would probably like this program, but to someone with limited knowledge would not. I've had version 7. Read more
Published 17 months ago by C. L. Orr
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not work with my Mac
I would like to try this program, but it does not work with my Mac OS X. This is disappointing.
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