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Home Designer Suite 2012 [Old Version]

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Rated: Everyone
3.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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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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Product Description

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!

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Chief Architect Home Designer Suite 2012

Take on any home design or remodeling project with Home Designer Suite. Take a virtual tour and 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

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.

  • Choose from built-in style templates--Home Design, Interior Design , Landscaping, Decks, Patios and Pools or create your own custom home design
  • Design in 2D and 3D or both simultaneously
  • 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 Framing to see your design from every point of view
  • Automated build tools for roofs, 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, using our home-design software's powerful and easy building tools.

  • Move a wall, change a color, add a room, redesign a kitchen and estimate the costs--all before you remodel
  • Accurate move dimensions--move objects accurately by typing the dimensions
  • Create a new room or addition--add and remove walls, place windows and doors, 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
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, kid's rooms or master bedroom.

  • Place name-brand products in your design including: Cultured Stone, Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Viking Appliances, and many others
  • Smart Design Objects--drag-and-drop from thousands of design objects in the built-in Library organized by category
  • Choose from a variety of latest interior items--including cabinets, chairs, tables, sofas, fabrics, and accessories; resize, change colors and materials to meet your exact needs
  • Quickly place and arrange walls, windows, doors, cabinets, choose colors, and accessories; it's fun to experiment with various options to create different looks
  • Turn lights off and on 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
Kitchen & Bath Design

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.

  • Choose from over 1,000 cabinet combinations and create a custom kitchen or bath
  • Plan the new layout of your bathroom with custom cabinets, sinks, showers and garden tubs; choose from a wide variety 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 to create unlimited combinations to fit your design requirements
Landscaping & Decks

Create beautiful landscapes, terrain features, gardens and decks for your perfect outdoor living spaces. Home Designer Suite makes it easy to quickly design the virtual look and feel of your backyard, deck, patio, pool or other outdoor project.

  • Powerful deck and patio tools allow you to design and visualize your new deck with 3D models and can help you estimate the costs
  • Design straight, curved, single level, or multi-leveled decks
  • Use Automatic Build Terrain and Terrain Perimeter tools to create flat, irregular shaped or sloped lots--use a GPS to import elevation data
  • Choose from over 1,500 plants with the Plant Chooser
  • Grow Plants tool to adjust the maturity visualize how plants will look as they mature
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 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 and you can access this training via the Internet. Home Talk is a User Forum you can ask question from the community of users. Finally we offer great technical support by qualified in-house professionals.

Home Designer 2012 Series

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Create your dream home with advanced design tools. View larger.
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Visualize your project with 3D models and virtual tours. View larger.
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Drag-and-drop from thousands of design objects. View larger.
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Create your dream kitchen. View larger.
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Design your bathroom with custom cabinets, sinks, showers and garden tubs. View larger.
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Create beautiful landscapes, terrain features, gardens and decks. View larger.
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Choose from over 1,500 plants. View larger.
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Choose Glass House (or Final View, Doll House, Night Views, or Framing) to see your design from a new point of view. View larger.

Product Information

Platform:PC Disc
ASIN B005Q80PCY
Release date October 11, 2011
Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #6,361 in software
#93 in Software > Design & Illustration > Home & Garden Design
#597 in Software > Lifestyle & Hobbies
Pricing The strikethrough price is the List Price. Savings represents a discount off the List Price.
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 0.6 x 5.4 inches
Media: CD-ROM
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By D. Potter on December 6, 2011
Platform for Display: PC Download
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
A user since 1994
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By JB on February 21, 2012
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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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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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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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By Lisa J on December 30, 2011
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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.

Lisa
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