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Thinking about a design for your new home and looking for software to visualise your design ideas? For this article, we take a look at 10 of the best programs for buddingresidential architectsto design their own home. All of the 3D home design programs are either free or under $100. Weve done the research for you, tabulated the features, and given them a rating based on feature-set and ease-of-use.

For those of you that decide to download, install and attempt a design for their new home, we encourage you to ask for design tips in the comments area below the article. Bleuscape design is happy to provideinspiration for home design ideasand guidance on home design. But please dont ask for help on installing software or technical questions on using the software. These types of questions are best answered at the support pages of the 3D home design vendors website.

Of the 10 packages tested, our favourites were My Virtual Home and Turbo Floor Plan 3d. My Virtual Home scored the highest for a few reasons. The targeted audience of this article is Australian and were an Australian firm. Being able to furnish, decorate and design gardens with locally available products and flora is a tremendous advantage over the competition for our intended audience.

The second reason My Virtual Home is a clear winner over the competition is due to the developers behind the software. The developers have experience in game development and this experience translates into a fun and intuitive interface and a degree of model interactivity not seen in any other package.

To score each program, we made an excel sheet of all the features found in the packages and checked off the features as included and easy to use. For features, there was a top possible score of 8/10. We then allocated the last two points to how applicable designs could be applied to Australian architecture, building materials/methods, home decoration and how easy/fun the package was to use and produce a viable design.

To expedite the test, time is such a scarce commodity, we attempted to reproduce anexisting residential house design, Bleuscapes Crossroads House.

*Cost: in currency of software vendors website (mostly USD)

Very interactive models: doors, lights etc.

Models of commercially available products

Integrates contact details for product/service suppliers

Similar to My Virtual Home but American (USA product/service suppliers)

Most tools for generating workable plans / cost lists only included in Professional version.

Some limitations for landscape design.

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