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Why Get Home Design Software

To have a house that one actually design and built according to one’s taste is practically everybody’s dream. Instead of just buying or renting a house that was already made, you would of course want something that you yourself have planned to suit your preferences. However, designing a home could be quite a difficult ordeal. It is quite expensive to hire an architect to draft your plans, and it is also very hard to put what is on your mind on paper. Luckily such a predicament may be a thing of the past with the help of home design software.

Here are some reasons that make home design software so advantageous:

-Home design software could enhance your capacity to make beautiful home designs that are efficient, while matching the limits you have with you budget.

-With home design software you can add your personal touch to every design since you will be the one to make it.

-Home design software has so much more capabilities beyond the usual sketching and drafting.

-Home design software allows you to customize everything instantly from the changing of dimensions to remodeling floor plans, you can even fit in cabinets and furniture without even having to waste paper and pencil.

-Not only can you design your floor plan with home design software, you can also design your landscape as well, allowing you to known what types of plants would best fit your space and how much you need to fill it.

-You can also gain some useful and systematic insight regarding your electrical wiring, and plumbing. The software itself would tell you what types of power, water, cooling, and heating systems you would need.

-With home design software, you are not limited to just viewing boring blue prints on flat paper, you can see 3D views of your dream home, and you can even see the cross sections of your future house.

-Best of all, home design software is so fun to use. Planning your home would be as enjoyable as playing a game on the computer. This would motivate you even more to continue planning.

Things to look for when buying Home Design Software:

1. Features – the software you buy should have features that are beyond just basic floor planning. There should be a wide set of tools such 3D views, infrastructure incorporation, among many others. The software should also allow for great customization and freedom of designing, because after all, it is your house that is being designed.

2. Ease in Usage – the software should be very easy for you to use, whether or not you have a background in architecture. The main reason you are getting the software is that you are not an expert with home designing, and thus the software you buy should have an interface that you can use quickly and intuitively.

3. Ease in Installation – the software you get should also be very easy to install. The program should include the entire designing package. There should be no more need to download other applets save for free updates that might come farther in the future.

4. Functional Help Desk – you can expect the software to be a little more complex and thus you would need some assistance as you use it, thus there should be a functional help documentation included that provides simple and easy-to-follow solutions for your problems.

Designing your dream home with home design software can be fun, exciting, and very efficient. So why not make first step in fulfilling your dreams by planning your house with the wide array of programs now available in the market. Who knows, you might be building the actual house in the real world sooner than you would think.

Home Design Floor Plan

Regardless of whether you are building a new home, adding to an existing home, or remodeling your current home; you will need to have a home design plan. If you have experience in architectural design, you can easily design your home design floor plan. However, if you are like most, you will need to hire an architect to plan your home design or purchase home design floor plans from a reputable organization.

Home design plans are available in hundreds of designs. You can find everything from Beach House plans to Victorian House plans. Homes range in size from 900 square feet to more than 10,000 square feet and most plans can be customized to further suit your needs.

Some companies offer full-service packages, which include home design floor plans, cost estimating services, and referral service to quality home builders in your area. Other companies provide discount services or bundle packages, which allow you to purchase a set of three or more home design plans at a reduced rate.

When purchasing home design plans, make certain they are designed by professional architects who are NCARB certified. Home design floor plans need to meet nationally recognized building codes and should include the following elements:

1) Exterior elevations of the front, rear, and sides of the house

2) Interior elevations showing details of fireplaces, cabinets, built-in units, and other special interior features.

3) Detailed floor plans showing the placement of interior walls and dimensions for rooms, doors, windows and stairways.

4) Cross section detail, which show construction details of the home, insulation, flooring and roofing.

5) Roof plans showing details of the layout.

6) Foundation drawings for a crawlspace or basement.

7) Schematic electrical layouts showing the detail of light fixtures, outlets, and switches.

8) General specifications plan which outlines details of the home and property where it will be built.

Home design magazines such as Architectural Digest and Interior Design, provide many time- and money-saving resources. Oftentimes, you can locate unique home design plans by perusing the classified section of home design magazines.

Your local library can also provide you with information on every aspect of designing your own home. Oftentimes, libraries offer “Do-It-Yourself” videos on a wide range of topics, which can be exceptionally helpful if you plan on building your own home.

The Most Dramatic Home Design Elements

When many people think of home interior design they often conjure images of high priced consultants and even more costly furnishings. Yet each day we walk right past or over the most important and least expensive design elements in our homes. These are basic design elements that set the tone for any other decoration we will accomplish in our home. But like most things in life, the simple things are often overlooked or taken for granted.

The first of these design elements is so basic and yet so under-utilized that it is almost laughable, and just so happens to be the cheapest tool you can use to enhance the appearance of your home. PAINT. Before we can design any other element in our home we must first set the tone and depth of the backdrop. We have to paint the interior of any design area to enhance all other design elements. Before we can furnish or accessorize any room in the house we have to paint first. Color trends have changed and if it has been awhile since you last painted your home, you may want to give serious attention to this basic but necessary design tool. There are many more wonderful colors to choose from now and the colors you choose will set the mood and the backdrop for any home design plan. (We have some suggestions on how to use color to compliment you home on our web site).

The second fundamental tool that will make or break your interior design plans is your choice of window coverings. Here again we see that so many times we look right past this basic design element and focus on things that really do not make the impact that a proper WINDOW COVERING can achieve. Installing the proper window covering in the right colors will add depth and perspective to your overall design and the effect is phenomenal. Once again, if it has been some years since you updated your window coverings, you may find that other attempts at enhancing your home fall flat because of an outdated covering or color. Most window dressing is inexpensive and the current trend is toward the most simple of styles, so this means less money you have to shell out to update your home design.

The last tool I would like to discuss is also just as important as the first two and yet so often overlooked that literally we walk all over it. You must update your FLOORING. You can do all you want with furnishings and such, but if you set everything on and against a backdrop of outdated flooring and flooring colors, you have pretty much just wasted your time. What is that I hear? Someone is complaining about the cost of updating to modern flooring. You can update your floors without spending a fortune. Many hard surface floors, such as laminate, are designed to be installed by the homeowner, as a do-it-yourself project and this saves you money. Still too much for you to spend right now? Let me ask you this. Would most of you drive around in a twenty-year old car? No! And yet many of us think nothing of walking around on twenty years of dust, dirt, allergens and just plain outdated color. Your home and your family deserve better. If you are renting or living in a dorm or other such circumstance, you simply cannot replace that outdated floor. Or can you? If all else is impractical, then consider using an AREA RUG. They come in all sizes, shapes and colors, and can be the perfect solution to your flooring problem. It is a fact, that you will not browse any interior design magazine without seeing an area rug on the floor. That is how important they are to home design. You will also be pleasantly surprised at how reasonably priced rugs can be.

There are many area rugs on the market that are definitely cheap. Now let’s not go too cheap though, because an area rug is a design element that can last a lifetime. And it’s portable. You can always take it with you, or move it to another area when you adjust your home design. Rug styles also last, they don’t become outdated the way that other design elements can. And the best news is that a good quality wool rug does not have to cost a fortune. We feature 10’x13′ area rugs on our web site that are less than $500.00. This is quality and economy that will last a long time in your home. Many of these rugs were designed to last twenty-five years or more.

The Most Common Design Mistakes Made in Custom Home Design

In my professional experience as a Home Construction Consultant, Developer & Construction Loan Expert I have had the pleasure of touring and viewing thousands of homes all throughout this beautiful country of ours! It never ceases to amaze me when I encounter that home that is so unique that I wonder to myself “Wow… the owner of that place will lose money when he tries to sell that house!”

9 times out of 10, when I see homes that make me think this it is because they have made a HUGE mistake in the features and design of their home! As a savvy consumer and soon to be Owner Builder it is my desire that you never become an example or statistic of “bad design” so let’s jump right in.

1. Do not design a home that is too unique no one else can appreciate!

For example, the dome shaped or triangular all-roof houses are in my professional opinion too unique! And for the sake of this conversation, “too unique” is defined as anything so far from the general consensus of public opinion on home design that if you ever had to sell the home people would be turned off by it. Now don’t get me wrong, I love watching all of the really cool and hip tv shows that feature people and their wacky homes. However most of those people are fairly wealthy and for those that are not, they plan on living in these homes forever. Unfortunately for those who do not plan on living in the homes indefinitely they will be in for a rude awakening when it comes time to sell and the potential buyers are few and far in between.

Let me explain! Now by all means I understand that you want a unique home that to some degree is different than maybe what the tract homebuilders are offering and different than other stuff you have seen, I am with you on that! I personally love pushing the envelope on design and cutting edge features in the home projects I develop and/or build however there is a line that we cannot cross.

2. Not using a Landscape Architect to design the landscaping.

I can’t tell you how many times I have shown homes that looked horrible from the curb but once you got past the door you were blown away by the interior! Never the less, in most cases, the indelible impression made first by the curb appeal or lack thereof stuck in the mind and overshadowed everything. Such as the case for you when you forsake having a landscape architect design how your yard will look. Some families I have consulted with have viewed the landscape architect as an expense, but after counseling with them many come to see this as the investment that it really is. Homes that have nice landscaped, well manicured lawns sell faster and for top dollar as opposed to homes that don’t have that curb appeal and well maintained lawn. Landscaping in the last several years has really caught on with more people spending lots of time outdoors. Nowadays, I have seen cases where people have spent huge sums of money on their landscaping and outdoor amenities such as patios, gazebos, pools and outdoor kitchens.

3. Designing a HUGE home that is too basic and/or box-like in it’s architecture!
Just because a home is big does not give it a pass to be box-like with no character! In the workbook section of the soon to be released “How to Build Your Custom Dream Home for Less” Owner Builder System I show photo examples to really drive home this point. I am really dumbfounded when I see these really large box-like structures as I just can’t believe that the designer and owners actually like what they created! Maybe beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder after all, however unfortunately the beholder isn’t buying houses! (I digress…)

I can recall a home over 30,000 square feet and it literally looked like an over-sized tennis shoe box in the middle of a field. There were no architectural elements to give the home an identity, such as gabled roof lines, bay windows, brick accents or trim elements. It didn’t even have any landscape to dress up the exterior and break it up a little bit, just (4) perfectly straight walls and a roof, Yuck!

One of the most important aspects of building your Custom Dream Home is doing what I call grassroots research, which is visiting as many open houses and model homes that you can that are comparable in price to the home you are planning to build. This will provide you with a really good road map and point of reference for design standards and benchmarks in that price range so that you can compare that to what you would like to design and build.

4. Cutting corners on the material selection to save a few bucks here or there! It is said in business that 1 of anything is very bad; you always want more than 1 way of getting business, more than 1 replacement for an employee etc. Well in custom home design, nearly anything that is white is bad unless we are talking about trim, cabinets or similar areas. Do not cut corners to save dollars on your home by choosing cheap counter tops, flooring, light fixtures and other design elements. The key to building a Custom Dream Home that is really custom is having a sound plan from the start so that you can get the amenities you want and deserve without sacrificing the integrity of the home.

In many cases, it is better to build a smaller well-equipped home than it is to build a larger home that is plain! I trust that you have found great value in these tips and I look forward to providing you with more informative articles and insights that will help make the planning of your Custom Dream Home a breeze! I wish you the best on your Custom Dream Home project and here’s to great design…

In my professional opinion, if you are building a Custom Home then there are some basic prerequisites that the home should have like solid surface counter tops, really nice carpet, hardwoods, tile flooring and separate showers to name a few. I am amazed when I tour a 7,000 square foot custom home only to see that the Master Bathroom has an all-white ceramic tile shower and linoleum flooring! Give me a break! Now maybe I sound a little overboard here but unless there are medical reasons for these types of selections and/or other important constraints you are setting yourself up for failure if you ever have to sell a home that has these types of material selections.

Better Homes & Gardens Architectural

Whether you are considering a quick and gentle garden makeover or a total home design, the Better Homes and Gardens Architectural Designer package from Chief Architect will be of great use to you. The package can be purchased at different levels according to whether you want a more professional or more basic version. At the moment you can chose from suites 6, 7 or 8. Check carefully to ensure that you hardware will support the package that you chose and also make sure that you will be getting all that you need. Likewise, check that the suite that you choose does not have too much that is unnecessary. This can sometimes complicate an otherwise simple task.

The Better Homes and Gardens Architectural Designer has been compiled by people who are very experienced in the world of property design and the concept has been taken from professional design software. Because of this you will be getting a product which is specifically for your needs. It is not a game and you will be impressed with the professional results.

The software is easily installed and within no time at all you will find that you will be able to draw the basic walls and home design. There are over 30 instructional videos which give step by step instructions to help you and if you want to be completely guided through the process then you will find that the Wizard is invaluable. With the Better Homes and Gardens Architectural Designer you will be able to use one of a number of templates to create your ideal home. If none of these are what you are looking for then you can easily start from scratch and come up with a design which is totally unique and incorporates exactly what you want. Even if you use a template you will be able to personalize your design and make adjustments. Windows, doors and walls are all easy to move and rearrange and you will find that advice is given throughout the whole process.

Once you are happy with your initial design of the building, you will find is easy to start adding the other essentials of your new property. Kitchen planning, room arrangement and bathroom facilities are straightforward to add and then alter. Better Homes and Gardens Architectural Designer does not expect you to come up with a perfect design with your first ideas. The whole concept is that you can move things around, change room sizes and add and remove structural walls.

You can imagine the time and money that you can save by using Homes and Gardens Architectural Designer for the initial design work of your new property. If you were to ask a professional designer to alter your plans for the 30th time you may find that you are running up quite a large bill. Also, it means that you do not have to compromise with your design. Within the restraints of building feasibility the design can fulfil you dreams.