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Home Designer Suite 2012 [Download]

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • 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 3D models and Virtual tours.
  • 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.
  • Creating your dream kitchen is fun and easy with Home Designer Suite. Create thousands of cabinet combinations, change your countertop material, add appliances and fixtures, create custom colors and materials, and more!
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  • ASIN: B005S4YVLM
  • Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,748 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Study and compare before you buy (erat emptor) December 6, 2011
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I do not mean by my title to scare anyone away: this is great software from "Essentials to Home Designer Pro 2012".
What I want to communicate is that each Chief Architect Inc software title has differing capabilities and features. In other words there is a good reason why they sell for different prices and that price determines how much you get in terms of choices and efficiency.

The hard part is knowing what you need and want before you buy: your money is a known and real quantity whereas your own expectations are sometimes harder to quantify especially by others.

Chief Architect Inc offers free trial demonstration software for its Chief Architect Premiere software and some of its Home Designer titles which you should download, install and try out.

I have and use all their software titles from Home Designer Essentials to Chief Architect Premiere, use them every day in my business.
Any of their titles are well worth your time and money, just take the time to study the capabilities of each of them and then pick out the right one for you.

David Jefferson Potter
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast & Easy February 21, 2012
By JB
Platform for Display:PC Disc|Verified Purchase
I bought this software to get an edge on our competitors as far as being able to provide a better presentation for the smaller projects that we are taking on, rather than doing hand drawn sketches.
30 minutes after loading the software, we felt that we definitely made the right decision. If you are familiar with windows based software than you will find this software a breeze. We were able to draw and present 3 bathroom & 1 kitchen remodel within a few hours of meeting with the prospective client. All 4 jobs signed, mostly due to the professional presentation coupled with our reputation.
We liked this version very much, but upgraded to the next level to get a few more tools. We will probably move to the professional software as our success continues and we need something more powerful.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what you'd expect October 31, 2011
By Bystrik
Platform for Display:PC Download
I have chosen this software after extensive research of many sources on the web. So far it was a great tool to plan refurbishing 2 rooms in our house and the next big project is furnishing the apartment. Spend the time to choose the proper version of the software - they have many different packages available (from professional to interior or garden only). This one is a good compromise of the price and capabilities for almost anything you may want to do around your living place.

The support is responsive and comes with the solution you need.

Strongly recommended.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best Entry Level Home Designer May 12, 2012
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I upgraded to this version of Home Designer after getting hooked via Essentials 10. Suite is not only a great product for amateur home designers but perhaps the best compromise between price and features of the Home Designer series: It's the minimum level that allows the import of 3D objects such as those to be found in Google 3D Warehouse. Even better, it allows the user to download a myriad of material from manufacturer catalogs, and very useful things as complete dining, kitchen and living room settings. The latter will allow you to quickly give a finished look to these spaces.

The user interface is very inuitive and with the help of the tutorial videos and supplementary database article libraries you will be up and designing within a few hours of starting. As I mentioned in my review of the Essentials 10 version of the product, Home Designer has some quirky features such as the automatic roof generator algorithm. This works fine with conventional hipped and gable roofs however, tends to produce unexpected and odd results when you work from complex floor geometries. While you can get a fairly good Cape Cod home off the ground in quick time, don't expect a Hans Scharoun, Bruce Goff or Frank Gehry house design to come out - at least not without a lot of tweaking! In fairness, the way Home Designer generates roofs will make life easy for most amateurs and they are whom the product is aimed at. What is impressive for all designers is the amazing variety of details available, both through the specification dialogue boxes for rooms, doors, windows, roofs and other objects, and from the sheer number of library objects. The variety of plants alone is amazing, and you better get used to knowing your fraxinus from your quercus!
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good product December 30, 2011
By Lisa J
Platform for Display:PC Download|Verified Purchase
I purchased this for work, I was hoping for more landscape options, as it does not list in vast detail what the product has, but house size and land size is very restricted. When i opened it, i figured out how to use the product with no past similar product use. Very easy to navigate. However i was unable to do some basic stuff, I tried, I used help, etc. finally i had to call and wait for someone to inform me, that i did not download a portion of the product. I said I downloaded it from Amazon and my assumption is it is all there, unless it says to download something else, he gave me step by step directions and I downloaded the missing stuff, pretty easily; 3/4 of the product itself did not download, trees, house stuff etc... This extra download took over 2 hours. He was very helpful, but i still expect to be notified if i need to download or update more than what i am given.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Updated to the 2013 version and
The architect version has more tools and is one step down from the professional. I found the suite version would probably work for a lot of people. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Flyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tool for my fellow DIYers
Works great, but there is a steep learning curve. For me a whole weekend to get all the ins and out. Still, it is tremendously better than trying to learn CAD or sketch-up. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Audrey Hare
5.0 out of 5 stars Chief Architect
This program works very well. I had the full commerical version of this some years back and I was already familiar with it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kenneth Southerland
1.0 out of 5 stars Great program..Terrible freezing,reboots,cant restore files...
Like in my heading all it does is freeze. I did the downloadable version which I will never do again. Buy the CD always! Just deleted two houses I was done with. horrible. Read more
Published on April 2, 2013 by Brandon
3.0 out of 5 stars Technical
This is quite technical. That is its problem. The average homeowner will have difficulty using it to design additions and renovations. Otherwise it is certainly complete.
Published on February 11, 2013 by Retired Critic
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Pricey product that is difficult to use...at least for me it was.

I expected more from the product, but I partially blame myself for not reading the description... Read more
Published on December 22, 2012 by DJ TommyZ
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay
I loved 3-D Home Architect. It was so easy to use. I don't like the furniture options on this program at all. It doesn't run very smooth either.
Published on December 20, 2012 by Bren
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the competition
Although this software has its drawbacks, it is superior to its competition. I have tried out three other residential CAD software programs, and this one has given me the results I... Read more
Published on December 9, 2012 by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Create decent plans for remodelling your home - or building one from...
Not at all bad - save me a lot of time and some detail planning that I would have paid an architect or experienced contractor to deal with...
Published on December 7, 2012 by A. Lamb
4.0 out of 5 stars fairly easy
Easy to use has many functions. with enough practice could design you dream home. Inadequate for customizing the roof if you want to be creative.
Published on December 1, 2012 by G Dieckman
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