Architectural design software has evolved in the recent years, just as technology, in general has been on an exponential rise in the last decade or so. It seems like everything is more accessible and available to everybody who knows how to use the internet, so why should software for architectural design be any different? With this accessibility comes a certain responsibility as well, since we do not want to be the people that go to the doctor’s office and pretend to know more because we have “looked up our symptoms on the internet”. No one likes a ‘know it all’. But when it comes to home architecture software, it might be a good thing that everyone can play architectural designer and create their own home design from the comfort of their own chair.
Architectural design software- the basics
So, what makes a good architectural design software? There are several things everyone should be looking out for when dealing with architecture, or home design, the most basic being its affordability. While most architecture software out there is expensive, there are some who that be downloaded for free, and even those that are up for sale can be tried out for free in a limited trial. With this, you would be able to test out a product before actually buying it. Now, a really good thing any architectural design software, including home design software should have are video tutorials. Some have those videos on their websites, other included in the software bundle, and some, more popular ones, have them done by random individuals and posted on video channels and websites like YouTube. These help anyone who is interested in starting out and are basically invaluable. Further, any architectural design software, and especially home design software, should enable its users the use of room templates and full home plans that can be edited. While it may not look that way, when designing your home a lot of great ideas can come from other people’s solutions. With templates, you can do just that.
Interior and exterior designing
Anyone dealing in architecture and construction knows that it is not just about the walls, the rooms and the roof. What makes each and every project different from another are details; interior and exterior items ranging from chairs, fireplaces, and bookshelves to bushes, trees, fences and much more. And let’s face it, when you want to play home designer, you want to be able to fully customize your home plans, and be able to see how it would look when it is done, and most of the times you want to go wild and put in things that you only plan on getting, but probably never will have the opportunity to do so. Any decent architectural design software should be able to provide us with just that. And when choosing one to buy, that is one of the things to look for – both interior and exterior designing.Home
Design Software in 3D
But, that is only the beginning when it comes to home designing- you do not want to only be able to see the floor plans, you need to actually see how it would work out in 3D space, and that is where architectural design software shines the most. You are basically able to see how your home or construction project would look like when it is completed. And that is a very valuable feature. Back in the old days, any home design was based on floor plans, sketches, drawings and planned out in the architect’s visions. These days, you are able to actually see the finished product without it actually being finished. Another bonus is that you would be able to calculate to near perfection how much money everything would cost, and how much material you would need. Further, that can help any architect cut down on expenses, and perhaps you could achieve your dream house for less of a price than you budgeted for.Be your own architect with architectural design software
Finally, the upside of being your own architect and home designer is that you are able to cut down on the expenses of hiring someone to do it for you, and you would be able to express your ideas better than just hiring someone to do it for you. But sometimes that just is not good enough; you end up not being able to transfer what you had in mind to paper, or computer screen in this case. That’s why it is important that any architectural design software should have the ability to import or export drawings to a .dxf or .dwg format, making it possible for any professional that would later take a look at your home design to open and edit them, further enhancing your choices and making it all fit together nicely.