Everybody’s got a dream home in mind, but like any dream, it doesn’t manifest into reality overnight. However, it turns out you don’t need to wait to see it with your own two eyes.
Before the real estate wrangling, before the haggling with contractors and chasing after permits, you need to have a clear vision of what your house is going to look like—and how it’s going to work logistically. Not that long ago, you would need to rely on an architect to draw up those first plans. Now, you can do much of the legwork yourself with the right design software. For an increasing amount of homeowners, Ashampoo Home Design 5 is the perfect marriage of technical accuracy and a user-friendly interface.
Designing a home from the ground up takes a lot of work—and will likely take a lot of compromise along the way. But this software makes it easy to convey your ideas clearly from the start, allowing users to add and remove elements without having to tear things down to their virtual foundations. See your home as a 3D skeleton, from multiple angles every step of the way, helping you along with a strong architectural framework.
Start from scratch or import brand-name models from programs like SketchUp and Collada, test driving improvements like solar panels and landscaping to see how they’d look before committing to the build. Every detail—from furniture to the surrounding terrain—is yours to control; you can even set the position of the sun to see how much natural light your kitchen gets.
The platform is picking up strong reviews from tech sites and casual users alike, boasting more than 3,500 downloads on Softpedia, and counting. PCMag readers can try Ashampoo Home Design 5 (Windows-only software) for $19.99—60 percent off the original MSRP.
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