Chief Architect

Home Designer


4 / 5
5 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Home Designer is the top-rated 3D software for home design, interior design, and outdoor living projects. Home Designer leverages technology from Chief Architect - professional architectural software.


Average Ratings

5 Reviews

  • 4 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 2.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $79.00/one-time/user
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Chief Architect
  • www.chiefarchitect.com/
  • Founded 1992
  • United States

About Home Designer

Home Designer is the top-rated 3D software for home design, interior design, and outdoor living projects.


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Home Designer Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Why Pay an Expensive Architect?

Jan 28, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Was able to design (then later build) a home unique to my personality and needs rather than hiring an architect who would start with a template and tweak it using his/her recommendations. Ended up creating something exceptional while saving thousands of dollars on architect expenses.

Can immediately see the results in three-dimensional view. That is a powerful feature for viewing the effects of each modification. Can also change camera angles with the movement of a mouse.

Drag-and-drop feature of any object (walls, windows, cabinets, sinks, etc.). The easy-to-use library allows the user to search for a particular object and offers a variety of similar objects to choose from.

Could easily change the materials of an object, such as choosing the type of wood for cabinets. Could also change the features of objects in the library, such as number, sizes, and types of drawers in a cabinet. With a few clicks I could repaint the entire interior or change turn the place into a log cabin.

Cons: Required me to upgrade my computer to one with a higher-end video card, but I was due for a new computer.

Took a couple days to learn the software before becoming proficient.

Advanced features require a higher version of the software to purchase, such as viewing the angle of the sun at different times of the day at various times of the year. Would be nice to be able to purchase such features individually like an add-on.

Overall: I wanted to create a strawbale, net-zero home in Colorado that would harness the energy of the sun to handle the majority of my heating needs in the harsh winters and still stay cool in the summer. I also wanted something specific to my wants (indoor root cellar, walk-in multi-head shower, dry sauna, open kitchen/living area design, etc.). Not only did I save several thousand dollars in architect expenses and was able to create exactly what I wanted, I had fun throughout the entire process. By the time I reached version 11 of the house we were ready to build. Had I gone through an architect I doubt I would have the awesome place that I have.

Home Designer 2018

Oct 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Similar to previous versions of Home Designer, very easy to navigate, customer loves the variety of options to design

Cons: There is nothing that I don't like about this program.

Overall: My customers love what we can do with their project. 3D views, colors, texture, furniture placement-one of the best ever

Nice program to see final design

Apr 08, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This program is very helpful with building rooms and calculating square footage. Also helpful with giving our clients an idea of what the outcome of their project will look like. And the price is affordable.

Cons: There are not enough options in the catalog. But for the price, we can't expect it to have too many options.

Overall: Affordable product that helps figure out square footage.

Almost all there...

Dec 03, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's fairly easy to get started with this software. It was also easy to make axon models (renderings) in several 'styles'. I also likes the automatic supply lists.

Cons: It's not easy to get this software to really do the jobs you want. It's always 'almost' there. Renderings are good, being able to manipulate each room a sa room, not part of a house would be a really good thing! It's also a REAL resources hog!! I have a new workstation with oodles of power and it STILL can't seem to get out of it's own way. Customer service is no-existent.

Overall: I bought this software years ago, updated it until 2016. I use it mostly for interiors now, cabinets and remodels. Not sure I would buy this again, I would need to see who is eating their lunch, because CA does not seem to be keeping up

EASE OF USE

Mar 22, 2019
2/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Wall tools and the dimension child buttons

Cons: Roof tool hard to work with. Not easy to manually draw when the automatic roof doesn't get it.

No cad blocks for section drawings witch should be included if you want to summit the drawings to a building department. Only prints on 18"x 24" sized paper, 1/4" scale house drawings won't print with out reducing the scale. Radio buttons have a mind of there own, not always working when you click on them.

Overall: Their upgrades seem to mostly cosmetic than ease of function.

Vendor Response

by Chief Architect on April 02, 2019

Thank you for the feedback. Our Chief Architect Premier version contains hundreds of CAD blocks for plan details, wall sections, roof eave details and much more. This version also has unlimited print size including 24" X 36" Arch D paper size or larger. Information on this product can be found at chiefarchitect.com It appears that you are using our Home Designer Pro version which is in our DIY product line.