How to design your own house with free software

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How to design your own house with free software
Design your own house with free software. (House interior design image by Aleksandar Radovanovic from Fotolia.com)

Designing your own home can be an exciting task. With the help of free software programs available online, it can be done by the most novice do-it-yourselfer. In order to create your virtual home, you'll need a few basic guidelines and ideas to guide you through the design process. With design software, templates are provided for every room in your home so that the guesswork of where to place appliances and furniture is lessened. You do, of course, have the option of starting from scratch to design your virtual home as well. If you'd rather not follow any set patterns, generate your own ideas and create your home design as you see fit.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Printer

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Instructions

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    Use an Internet search engine such as Google or Bing to power your search for free home design software. Research and review each available option and choose the software program that is right for you. Consider downloading trial versions of professional software for the best possible home design experience.

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    Check out a site such as Floor Planner for a free basic version of its floor-planning software. Use it to create a 2D or 3D floor-plan design for your home. Floor Planner's basic software gives users the opportunity to generate one free, printable floor plan. It also allows users to save up to five additional floor-plan designs.The additional designs, however, cannot be printed. An upgrade to Floor Planner Pro is also accessible from the Floor Planner website. Check out a site such as Chief Architect for professional-quality home-design software. Download the free trial version of Chief Architect. Watch the video overview available on Chief Architect's website for answers to how-to questions. Understand that certain limitations apply such as printing, exporting and rendering. Consider also free trial home-design software programs available from Punch Software. Download Punch's free demo of its Super Home Suite program, which includes not only interior design, but deck design as well. Use the trial version for 15 days with no limitations. Understand that after 15 days the software program will no longer be available to you. Consider another option such as Google SketchUp for a fully functional free program. Visit the Google SketchUp website for a free download of the software.

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    With one or more of the aforementioned programs, start designing your virtual 2D or 3D home. Use available templates for room layouts, or choose to start with a blank slate. Drag and drop cabinets, appliances, countertops and lighting features in the kitchen from the design toolbar. Arrange furniture, add a TV and throw in some stand tables in the living room. Place a sink, toilet, bathtub, shower and mirror in the bathroom. Include a pantry, a laundry room, extra storage space, a garage and a bonus room if desired. Utilise all options that are available to you in the creation of your home.

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