The Best Kitchen Design Software To Help You Design Your Own Kitchen
There are several notable kitchen design software products available today with some aimed at the beginner to home designing and some for the more professional designers out there. I don’t want to talk about the high end of the market such as professional CAD drafting software which would have a very steep learning curve for beginners, but will look at a few examples of popular consumer home remodeling software products.
You can download free kitchen design software online or software that can be put to use in planning a kitchen such as Google SketchUp. However because Google SketchUp is a fairly basic and limited 3D design tool it’s recommended that you invest in a paid home remodeling software program which has dedicated features which will help you custom plan your own kitchen.
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Home Design 3D: Kitchen And Bath Edition from Atari is at the cheap end of the spectrum and features an easy to use interface through which you can plan room layouts quickly in 2D and switch to 3D with one click. Home Design 3D has its own measuring and dimensioning tools and you can design your own custom objects when you can’t find what you need from its database. Lastly you can render 3D walkthroughs of your kitchen designs complete with lighting effects.
HGTV Home Design & Remodeling Suite from Nova Development Corp is a more advanced home remodeling software program and requires some time and effort to learn how to get the most out of it. So beginners may find it a bit complex at first but on the other hand professional designers may find it a bit limited. HGTV Home Design & Remodeling Suite enables you to plan a kitchen remodel and features photorealistic 3D virtual walkarounds and thousands of 3D models of furniture, appliances and lighting. You can even import digital photos of your own appliances, fixtures, and fittings to customize your kitchen design.
Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer is still available and is in a similar price bracket as HGTV Home Design & Remodeling Suite. But there is now a newer version called Chief Architect Home Designer Suite which is more expensive but probably worth the extra investment especially if you’re planning to remodel more than just your kitchen. Chief Architect Home Designer is arguably easier to learn and use than HGTV Home Design & Remodeling Suite and enables you to view and design in 2D and 3D simultaneously. Chief Architect Home Designer offers standard CAD tools and has 500 sample plans and over 4,000 objects, and with its array of features such as its advanced 3D camera tools, virtual tour, many home style templates, and natural lighting options this may be the best kitchen design software available for the home user.