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Home Designer Pro 2014 [Download]

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  • Professional home-design software for the serious DIY home enthusiast
  • Tools for home design, remodeling, interior design, decks, landscaping, and cost estimation
  • Create accurately scaled floor plans and elevations that automatically generate 3D models in minutes
  • 5,000+ viewable sample plans for design inspiration; choose from 3,600+ plants with Plant Chooser
  • Create scaled construction drawings


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  • ASIN: B009KTRVL8
  • Release Date: October 8, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Chief Architect Home Designer Pro 2014: Home Designer Pro is professional quality home design software. Enjoy the same tools that the professionals use for home design, remodeling, interior design, decks, landscaping and cost estimation. Home Designer Pro offers advanced design, building, and tools with the ability to create framing plans, roof plans, to produce construction documents. Home Design and Remodeling. Home Designer Pro has all the same great features as our other Home Designer Products plus additional advanced design tools that allow you to design like a professional. Use the automated building tools to assist you in the design process or use the advanced manual tools to create highly customized designs. Interior Design: Give your home the exact look and feel you desire-visualize new styles, colors, wall coverings, flooring, and other materials. Plan your space with 3D models, virtual tours, and advanced design tools. Kitchen & Bath Design: Design the kitchen or bath of your dreams! Create virtually any cabinet style with the Cabinet Designer tools. Quickly place and arrange walls, windows, doors, cabinets, furniture and appliances. Landscape & Deck Design: Whether you have a new home or an existing landscape, you'll find valuable resources to create a well-planned outdoor living space. Automated and Manual Building Tools: Create accurately scaled floor plans and elevations that automatically generate 3D models in minutes. Get Started Quickly! The Quick Startup Options Guide helps you begin with "How-To" tutorials based on the type of your project. You can also choose from over 90 easy "step-by-step" tutorial training videos that quickly get you started on your next home design project. Live online training webinars are available on a weekly basis. We offer world class technical support and training by qualified in-house professionals.

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Home Designer Professional

Home Designer Pro is professional home design software for the serious DIY home enthusiast. Enjoy the same tools the professionals use for home design, remodeling, interior design, decks, landscaping, and cost estimation. Home Designer Pro offers advanced design and building tools with the ability to create framing plans and roof plans to produce construction documents. Create your dream home with the help of Home Designer Pro.

House Design

  • Powerful building tools - automatic roof generation, dormers, stairs, framing, foundations, dimensions, and terrain
  • Customizable defaults can be set up to match commonly-accepted requirements for most building practices
  • Choose from built-in style templates, or create your own custom design
  • Over 5,000 viewable sample plans for design inspiration
  • Automatic and manual framing tools use structural lumber or trusses
  • Advanced CAD tools - geometric shapes, splines, arcs, boxes, replication, and transformations

Remodeling

  • Create a new room or addition - add and remove walls, place windows and doors, and size your rooms with dimensions
  • Use one-click automatic dimensions or advanced dimension tools for manual dimensions
  • Choose from a variety of wall types such as curved, interior, exterior, foundation, and half walls
  • Foundations automatically build and update based on the main floor walls
  • Automated and manual wall framing tools; define header sizes, metal, wood, or engineered framing members
  • Define room structure options for floor and ceiling heights, ceiling styles, molding styles, wall coverings, and others

Kitchens and Baths

  • Choose from over 1,000 cabinet combinations - easily change door, drawer, and hardware styles
  • Create custom cabinets in minutes by choosing your own colors, countertops, door styles, backsplash, counter edge, crown molding, base molding, and hardware
  • Plan the new layout of your bathroom with custom cabinets, sinks, showers, and tubs
  • Choose from a Library of fixtures and appliances and place inside or adjacent to cabinets
  • Smart cabinet objects know how to bump, merge countertops, and create fillers
  • Create custom-shaped countertops
  • Choose from thousands of appliances, sinks, fixtures, and kitchen islands
  • Elevation camera tools for details and technical views

Interior Design

  • Quickly place and arrange walls, windows, doors, and cabinets, and choose colors and accessories
  • Choose from a variety of latest interior items including cabinets, chairs, tables, sofas, fabrics, and accessories, and resize and change colors and materials
  • Import your own symbols from 3-D file types including SKP, DXF, OBJ, and 3DS
  • Choose pre-arranged furniture groupings that are already assembled
  • Material Painter allows you to change the color and material of any object in your design - cabinets, countertops, walls, and flooring
  • Choose name-brand colors from Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, or Behr and apply as a stain or solid color

Landscape and Deck

  • Choose from over 3,600 plants with the Plant Chooser
  • Design straight, curved, single-level, multi-level, or stepped decks
  • Automatic deck framing provides the structural components and foundation supports
  • Generate cut and buy lists for your decking projects
  • Use Automatic Build Terrain and Terrain Perimeter tools to create flat, irregularly-shaped, or sloped lots, and use a GPS to import elevation data
  • Use the Pathway tool to design curb-appealing landscaping with stone and pavers
  • Use Plant Schedules for a detailed listing of all the plants
  • Visualize how plants look as they mature with the Grow Plants tool
  • Use a plant distributing tool to make the garden beds look natural

Automated and Manual Building Tools

  • As the 2-D drawing is created, Home Designer automatically produces a 3-D model
  • Automatic and Manual Roof Tools create hip, gable, gullwing, shed, or manually-designed custom roofs
  • Manual framing tools for fully-editable framing, including joists, rafters, trusses, posts, and beams
  • Floors build automatically and match the exterior walls below
  • Foundations automatically build and update; choose from several foundation types including crawl space, full basement, slab, pier, or custom styles
  • One-Click Stairs and Ramps let you place straight, split, or curved full-length stairs with a single click that automatically connect to floors or terrains
  • Place Callouts and Markers in plan, elevation, layout, and detail views; adjust fill color, line style, line weight, and double-headed callouts

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
  • 6 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
Powerful building tools - automatic roof generation, dormers,
stairs, framing, foundations, dimensions, and terrain
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Create custom cabinets by choosing colors, countertops,
door styles, backsplash, counter edge, crown molding,
base molding, and hardware
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Design straight, curved, single-level, multi-level, or stepped decks
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Manual framing tools for fully-editable framing, including
joists, rafters, trusses, posts, and beams
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75 of 75 people found the following review helpful
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ONE YEAR UPDATE, Jan 28, 2014
Please see my original review below the update.

I am still trying to finish a house, we had some strange turns in our life so I am not a typical user. When I bought the program I was trailing electronically behind an architect who was doing the work by hand. Eight months ago we moved and started all over with out house. I am happy to say it is now almost finished. When I got into that level of design, I upgraded to Chief Architect which is the professional program. I was able to rent it by the month to match our project. There are a few steps to go through to be able to read a Chief Architect professional program on Home Designer but once you know it is no big deal. I am still VERY Happy with the program. Even with a high level of skill there are some quirks but that is not uncommon with a lot of computer programs.After being a daily user of both of the Chief Architect programs here are a few pros and cons. The Pros far outweigh the cons and the improvements seem to be the ones that people were most interested in seeing changed. Kudos Chief Architect.

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1. Absolutely the best tech support I have ever experienced. There are scads of video tutorials that are free. The manual online is searchable even with poor organization of search terms when you don't quite know what you are trying to ask about. When you do need a person's help, someone is right on the phone with you to help. I made a really big mess once and they asked me to send a copy of my entire file for them to review. They posted an answer for me. I was so surprised. And, they are just downright nice folks.

2. The 3D modeling allows you to do a lot of things I did not know as an early user.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reviews, here is my "two cents worth" December 10, 2012
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I think the other reviews written here already, are well done. So I think, as a Chief Premier Professional, long-time user, teacher and author of and about this software I will talk about the differences between Home Designer Pro and its "Big Brother": Chief Premier.
At 18" X 24" Pro's maximum native paper size is workable for most projects, especially remodeling projects. Other than that, the main differences are customizing your 3-D model, custom symbol making and editing and other refinements such as photo-realistic image rendering.
At less that a quarter of the price of Chief Premier, Home Designer Pro is a steal. Just about anything that you can do in Chief Premier can be done in Home Designer Pro, it just takes some additional "click" and steps to arrive. It is based upon Chief Premier and a great way to get introduced to 3-D modeling, CAD design and construction documentation, creation of.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Product and Customer Service is Awesome! December 24, 2012
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I started using Chief Architect software in 2001/2002 when it was licensed to Broderbund. I've tried others, like Punch Pro, but I've found them more complicated to use so I went back to Chief Architect. I've purchased at least six different versions of their software (Broderbund, Better Homes & Gardens and Chief Architect) and I've never been disappointed. Their software does everything most do-it-yourselfers need. It does a great job of helping you see the end result before spending all the money actually building it. I've taken screen shots of the 3D images and compared them to the end product and it's amazing how much alike they look. It does have a learning curve so I suggest watching the tutorials and using the Chief Architect support forum. I typically buy the Designer Suite version but I needed to do more complicated roof designs so, I decided to buy the Pro version.

Their customer support is amazing. I've used the online support for questions and I get back a quick response that points me to the help I need. My most recent experience happened today. I had work due in a week for a couple designing their retirement cottage and I needed the new version. I was using a prior version for an upgrade credit and I couldn't figure out how to do that on amazon.com so I purchased the software online from their site on Saturday, December 22. I couldn't figure out how to log in and customer support isn't open on the weekend so, I sent an email and figured I'd speak to someone the following Monday. However, Monday was December 24 and when I called, they had a message stating that they were closed for the holidays.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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I am an architect/contractor doing residential work. I have been using Revit which is a full blown professional product which is quite costly, has a steep learning curve and lots of features unnecessary for single family remodeling work. I got the trial version of Home Designer Pro to check it out as a viable alternative for use on single family projects. Most of the simple programs available are not adequate for a professional job and set of drawings. HD Pro seemed as though it might fill the bill. After experimenting with the trial - you can't save drawings or print them - it might be nice to be able to save them but there is a 30 day trial period for the purchased version anyway. The program seems quite comprehensive and has a lot of BIM functions, though not quite like Revit. I haven't produced a full set of drawings yet but some basic things are evident.

The rendering functions are more basic than the high end programs and the program makes assumptions which while in general ok and helpful to many but can be a little frustrating to those used to making their own decisions. It probably permits people who don't quite know what they are doing to produce credible looking drawings, and it means the designer has to be careful to check the defaults and options the program offers very carefully. As I work with the program I'm sure this will become clearer.While not as complex as Revit and similar programs, it is still quite complex and flexible and learning all the features and tricks will take time. I have not had time to explore its' use for detailing. So far it seems like a suitable choice for me. It is not so inexpensive that one would use it just for the fun of it, but it is a time saver for modest commercial use and seems as though it can produce a professional standard of work. All in all I would say it's a nice program at a reasonable price. For regular professional work Chief Architect would probably be justified.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's not user friendly nor logical like a lot of software out there
It's a very very difficult program to work with. I'm an educated person with a master's degree in programming & still found it hard to follow. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Missy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I have used the full blown version of Chief Architect and loved it. I hesitated to purchase a watered down version but found I could do most everything I needed to do for a home... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jeanne Holmes
2.0 out of 5 stars STEEP learning curve; you'll still be cursing years later
I bought this program as opposed to using "non architectural" 3D cad for the following reasons:

1. Shortcut in design. Read more
Published 5 months ago by pelesl
5.0 out of 5 stars great product
I have bought several of Chief Architect's products and I think they are great. I work for a general contractor and it helps a lot to draw out the houses and or kitchen designes... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Janice M Sievers
1.0 out of 5 stars don't waste your money or your time. non-existent tech support and...
i've used this one and the Pro, neither works for more than 10 minutes without an error message. the software constantly corrupts the design files. Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. geary
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
I have been a professional remodeler for almost 30 years, mostly kitchens and bathrooms. I have been looking for a program like this to use, among other things, to show my... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mike
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, annoying, infuriating...FAIL
To train myself on this software, I did a fairly detailed and accurate floor plan for my home and the exterior. Read more
Published 12 months ago by To The Point
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome product
Awesome product. Builds exactly the way I need. Great way to show clients what they need to see! Love it!
Published 12 months ago by Joshua Suchoski
1.0 out of 5 stars Limited functionality
Home Designer Pro rarely gets software updates
Company willingly receives feature requests but doesn't appear to respond to them
Visually buggy leaving unnecessary... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars It did the job
While I am still learning the product so far it is easy to use and helpful. I was able to do most of teh work and set in to a license Architect for review he too was impressed with... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tony McDowell
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