Not everyone wants to buy an already built house. Sometimes we want to be involved in the whole building process so that we can rest assured that everything is done according to our own needs and preferences. And every house starts with a solid and detailed design.
Although most people prefer to pay an architect to do the home plans, there are some courageous people out there who want to go the DIY route. Technology is here to help them and there are a lot of specialized home design programs you can choose from. Home design software is meant to make the job easier for you and help you design, repair or modify your home, without having the knowledge required by CAD (Computer Aided Design) software.
What can you do with home design apps?
Home design software is meant to enhance your creativity and allow you to turn into reality any plan or idea you might have for your home. With these home design programs you can design everything from your home’s plan and interior to exterior, landscape and more. You can use them when you want to build a house from scratch, when you want to renovate or to add an extension to your home.
Most programs allow you to export your project into a CAD compatible format, too, so that you can send the project to your contractor.
Virtual Architect Professional Home Design – is it a good option to consider?
Virtual Architect collaborates with Nova Development and has developed several home design apps so far. They have software compatible with Macs and Windows PCs. Here are some of their most popular products: Virtual Architect Professional Home Design, Virtual Architect Ultimate Home Design w/Landscape & Decks, Virtual Architect Kitchens & Baths, Virtual Architect Home & Landscape Platinum Suite and more.
Virtual Architect Professional Home Design is now at version 8.0. Here are its main system requirements:
- Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10
- 64-bit operating system
- At least 4GB RAM
- At least 2.0 GHz processor
- At least 1 GB dedicated video card
- 1024X768 display
The Virtual Architect Professional Home Design can be used for making plans for any room of the house, either for building it from scratch or modifying your living space, from your kitchen to bathrooms, living rooms and so on.
The program offers very useful video tutorials so even if you don’t have any experience in design software, you will easily learn how to use the app. The tutorials pop-up when you choose from the program’s tools.
With the 8.0 version, there are more than 100 new materials and objects to choose from in the library, from textures and paints, to materials, flooring, furniture and so on.
You can draw interior and exterior walls that are ‘intelligent’ and automatically connect and repair, you can add different types of doors (including sliding ones, garage doors and more), windows and choose between hundreds of lighting fixtures.
You can create virtual tours to visualize your project after you design it and choose to visualize everything at different times of the day.
When you make a change in 3D it will automatically be made to your 2D plan as well.
In terms of home building features, you can create everything from the electrical plan to the roof, plumbing and so on.
One useful thing about the Virtual Architect Professional Home Design 8.0 is that it also comes with complex landscaping features: terrain modeling, garden visualizer, plant care calendar and more. There is also a deck builder wizard you can use to design decks and patios in any size, shape and material you want.
Price. The Virtual Architect Professional Home Design 8.0 can be downloaded from the official site for $99.99.
Virtual Architect Professional Home Design is a complex home design program with a plethora of useful tools. While it may seem overwhelming at first and does have a learning curve, you will be assisted with tutorials throughout the entire designing process. And once you learn how to use the software, you will begin to appreciate its complexity and how inspiring and creativity boosting it is.