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Home Designer Suite 2014

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  • Software for home design, remodeling, interior design, kitchens and baths, decks and landscaping, and cost estimation
  • Take a virtual tour and use 3D views to know exactly what your project will look like before you build
  • Design in 2D and 3D or both simultaneously; built-in style templates; 6,000+ library items
  • Drag-and-drop from thousands of design objects; powerful deck and patio tools; Plant Chooser offers 1,500+ plant options
  • Get started with "How-To" tutorials, 30+ step-by-step training videos, live online training webinars, and more
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Platform: PC Disc
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0098EENKM
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: October 8, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,227 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here


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Product Description

Chief Architect Home Designer Suite 2014: Take on any home design or remodeling project with Home Designer Suite. Take a virtual tour and or use 3D views to know exactly what your project will look like before you build! Perfect for Home Design, Remodeling, Interior Design, Kitchens and Baths, Decks and Landscaping, and Cost Estimation. Save time and money and start designing your dream home today! Home Design and Remodeling: Design your dream home with advanced design tools that are fun and easy to use. Visualize what your home, remodeling or interior design project will look like with 3D models and Virtual tours. Create a new room or addition to your home, remodel your kitchen or bath, and visualize floor and space planning, using our home design software's powerful and easy building tools. Interior Design: Give your home the look and feel you want - choose from thousands of styles, colors, wall coverings, flooring and materials. Design and decorate your living, dining, kitchen, entertainment room, bedrooms and more. Kitchen & Bath Design: Creating your dream kitchen is fun and easy with Home Designer. Create thousands of cabinet combinations, change your countertop material, add appliances and fixtures, create custom colors and materials, and more! Landscaping & Decks: Create beautiful landscapes, terrain features, gardens and decks for your perfect outdoor living spaces! Home Designer makes it easy to quickly design the virtual look and feel of your backyard, deck, patio, pool or other outdoor project. Get Started Quickly! The Quick Startup Options Guide will help you begin with "How-To" tutorials based on the type of project. You can also choose from over 30 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. Finally we offer great technical support by qualified in-house professionals.

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Home Designer Suite 2014

Take on any home design or remodeling project with Home Designer Suite. Take a virtual tour and use elevation views or 3-D views to know exactly what your project will look like before you build. Perfect for home design, remodeling, interior design, kitchens and baths, decks and landscaping, and cost estimation, use Home Designer Suite to create your dream home.

Home Design

Design or visualize your dream home with advanced design tools that are fun and easy to use. Visualize what your home, remodeling, or interior design project will look like with 3-D models and virtual tours.

  • Choose from built-in home style templates, create your own custom home design, or use the House Wizard
  • Design in 2-D and 3-D, or both simultaneously
  • Choose from over 6,000 library items or download free bonus items to customize your design
  • Choose from Final View, Glass House, Doll House, Night Views, and Elevations to see your design from every point of view
  • Use powerful building tools like automatic roof generation, dormers, stairs, framing, foundations, dimensions, and terrain

Remodeling

Home Designer can help you plan, visualize, and estimate the costs before you begin your project. Create a new room or addition to your home, remodel your kitchen or bath, and visualize floor and space planning.

  • Move a wall, change a color, add a room, redesign a kitchen, and estimate the costs - all before you remodel
  • Move objects accurately by typing the dimension
  • Create a new room or addition - add and remove walls, place windows and doors, and size your rooms with dimensions
  • Change your colors, countertops, finishes, and flooring styles with Material Painter
  • Move or resize walls by clicking on the wall and moving or entering a precise dimension

Kitchens and Baths

Create thousands of cabinet combinations, change your countertop material, add appliances and fixtures, create custom colors and materials, and more.

  • Choose from over 1,000 cabinet combinations
  • Plan the new layout of your bathroom with custom cabinets, sinks, showers, and garden tubs
  • Choose from a wide variety of appliance styles for your kitchen
  • Choose from several floor types such as hardwood, stone, tile, or carpeting
  • Import your own favorite objects, materials, colors, or textures from a photo or website
  • Use the Color Blending tool to stain a translucent color or apply a solid color over the material you place

Interior Design

Give your home the look and feel you want. Choose from thousands of styles, colors, flooring, and materials. Design and decorate your living, dining, kitchen, kids' rooms, or master bedroom.

  • Place name brand products in your design including: Cultured Stone, Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, Viking Appliances, and more
  • Drag and drop from thousands of design objects in the built-in Library, organized by category
  • Choose from a variety of interior items - including chairs, tables, sofas, fabrics, and accessories. Resize and change colors and materials
  • Quickly place and arrange walls, windows, doors, and cabinets, and choose colors and accessories
  • Turn lights on and off in your design with a single click
  • Material Painter allows you to change the color and material of any object in your design - cabinets, countertops, walls, and flooring

Landscape and Deck

Create beautiful landscapes, terrain features, gardens, and decks for your perfect outdoor living spaces.

  • Powerful deck and patio tools allow you to design and visualize your new deck with 3-D models and can help you estimate the costs
  • Design straight, curved, single-level, or multi-level decks
  • Use Automatic Build Terrain and Terrain Perimeter tools to create flat, irregularly-shaped, or sloped lots, and use a GPS to import elevation data
  • Choose from over 1,500 plants with the Plant Chooser
  • Use the Plant Encyclopedia to learn more about the plants in your designs
  • Use the Grow Plants tool to adjust the maturity and visualize how plants will look as they mature

User Resources

  • Download bonus library content
  • Free online training videos
  • Free training webinars
  • Free technical support

System Requirements

  • Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
  • 2.4 GHz processor
  • 5 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, video access, and content downloads
  • DVD drive (if software is purchased on DVD)
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219 of 223 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost had a "refund", so why five stars??? December 19, 2012
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Having been (and still am) a DIY enthusiast for decades, I began using Broderbund's Interior Design software way back in 1995, loved it, and a couple of years later I came across Punch design software. It did an admirable job, and I continued with their software up until my very recent download of Chief Architect Suite 2014. (As an aside, I also want to state here that I have used AutoCad/Mechanical Desktop for mechanical engineering design work for years too, but obviously that software could only be used at work!)

Back to this product: It took a bit of getting used to in creating 3-D views (which reminded me of the Broderbund product in that regard). However, my biggest problem was that I was unable to get 90% of the textures to SHOW in my 3-D rendered views. I browsed their forum, and noticed that many others were having the same "white furniture/objects" problem, and the blame went to "graphics card problem". I wrote to the company and they suggested a refund. I "sat on it" for a day or so, and went back on in to the program. I did NOT want to give it up as I "liked it too much".

The reason for my review's title of five stars and the refund comment is this: I SOLVED the "white furniture/object" problem quite accidentally. I was using the render option to view my finished room layout, and noticed in the drop down menu the last option to 'toggle textures'. Hmm, I wonder... and YES, *that* was my problem all along. I kick myself for not having seen it sooner, as I wasted hours of frustrated tinkering - wavering from "get a refund" to "I wish it would work". Sigh.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy, but there are serious limitations July 9, 2013
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I have a background in construction, I do some graphics at work, and I am a software engineer by trade. I bought this to use on my gut-remodel of a home, and my expectations were pretty low. I knew there would be bugs and limitations, like not being able to freely rotate furniture. Hey its only $100.

Others have praised it, so I'll just lay out the Really Bad Limitations you need to be aware of.

1) Printing is crippled by limiting your output to 12x18. Yes I am not kidding psuedo-architectural software cannot print to normal architectural sizes. And worse its obviously an intentional crippling to force users up to the more expensive edition.

workaround:
1) download-install a Windows to PDF print driver - HA recommends CutePDF and thats what I am using.
2) print from HA to PDF file at 12x18 size, set to the scale you want and DO NOT scale-to-fit
3) open pdf in Acrobat, Illustrator, or what I use, free-open-source Inkscape. ( There are many other apps that will probably do this too, but I am going to do drawing on top of the pdf)
4) Use your tool to draw and re-scale to appropriate sizes they will accept at the building department. Draw on top of the pdf to augment your HA drawing.
5) Save as PDF and get it printed at Staples, Kinkos, etc.

conclusion of #1 - a big dope slap for the marketing people at HA

2) The roof builder is totally worthless. There is no way I can find to change the default layouts, and I have a very simple gable roof.

workaround:
Use your real drawing software to draw your own, its not that hard.

conclusion of #2: - about what I expected

Buy recommendation - its still looks like the best buy for the price, and I am using it for floor plans.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal! December 23, 2012
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After reading reviews of alternative home-design software packages, I quickly settled on Home Designer Suite 2014. I was not disappointed. In a word, the application is phenomenal. I used it to develop a design for a significant remodel to a home I was considering for purchase. If the cost of a suitable remodel was too high, I wouldn't be interested in buying the property. So, I wanted a fairly detailed plan to present to my contractor for his estimate.

Some reviewers have noted a steep learning curve for this application. Here's my experience: I received the software on a Wednesday; spent 3 days (about 4 hr/d) exploring it; and then 3 days using it for design. Thus, in less than a week, I had input the design of the complete, existing structure, and completed design for the remodel! And my structure involved complicated split levels and several interior stairwells.

I am impressed with the number of options (materials, colors, textures, styles, etc.) for customizing a design. Sure, there are a few limitations (e.g. occasionally there are some gaps in the siding of 3D views above decorative windows placed below gables), but considering its modest cost, I rate this software as having the highest value-to-cost ratio of any software I've ever purchased.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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I am a professional kitchen designer for 15 years and have worked on pro design programs that cost thousands of dollars.( Three different ones). If you don't have a background in these types of programs it will take a LONG time to learn how it works...and to get it to do what you want it to. I am free lancing right now and needed a way to present my ideas. This program produces impressive pictures. GREAT bang for the buck.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun to work with... Now if building my dream home would be as easy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is a really nice piece of software
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Published 1 month ago by Very Happy
5.0 out of 5 stars We could have never had such a great outcome without it
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Published 2 months ago by H. B. Calder
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Published 2 months ago by JimCan
2.0 out of 5 stars For making room layouts only
Once you can learn to use some of the features, it quickly shows it's shortcomings.
It needs a basic set of instructions for beginners, from square one.
Published 2 months ago by ernie
4.0 out of 5 stars easy to use interface
Simple program that helps you view your potential home in 3D, easy to use interface.
Published 2 months ago by Bryan Goldsmith
1.0 out of 5 stars better buy HD Pro
If you expect to make a window of any specific shape..... better buy HD Pro. If you want the roof to work..... be ready to invest some time in learning work arounds.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Eh, not user friendly.
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