3D Architect Home Designer Expert

Quick Overview

Home design software for self-builders, renovators and re-modellers looking to design their own home or house extension. Produce scaled accurate house floor plans and elevations suitable for planning submissions.

This popular version is being used by 1,000's of self-builders, renovators and re-modellers across the UK and throughout the world. Design ideas can be sketched out quickly in 2D and viewed in an interactive 3D environment with lighting effects, textures and furniture items added to create a true impression of how your finished project will look and feel. Perfect for self-builds, extensions, loft & garage conversions.

  • Extensive toolset for creating house plans fast
  • Create detailed drawing sets for planning applications
  • Fully customisable items including walls, windows, doors, skylights, roofs, furnishing objects
  • Make changes to your design quickly with easy-to-use editing tools
  • Quick start guides, video tutorials, help system, FAQ's and detailed reference manuals
  • No subscription fee or recurring payment, just a one-time purchase
  • Dedicated after sales team ready to assist with handy tips or help via phone, email, web chat
  • Install software on up to 2 computers
  • Instant download

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Key features

  • Suitable for self-builders, home improvers & interior designers
  • Create detailed drawing sets for planning applications
  • Interactive dialog boxes and tool options
  • Architectural elevation viewer allows you to examine all sides of building quickly and easily
  • Instant 2D floor plans to 3D models
  • Landscaping tools for marking out plot, paths, ponds etc and for setting height levels
  • Terrain brush for fine ground detailing
  • Library containing thousands of furnishing objects and textures
  • Include additional objects direct from Sketchup 3D Warehouse
  • Add realism with 3D textures
  • 3D walkthrough function
  • In-line measurements for directly modifying selected elements
  • Advanced component editors
  • Define areas on wall for applying individual materials
  • Set geographic position through Google Maps
  • Set time of day and simulate lighting effect
  • 3D Rendering options available including 3D texture overlay
  • Break apart 2D elevation views
  • Multi-thickness wall types
  • Scan assistant for importing existing drawing images in to plan
  • Extensive range of windows & doors including bi-folding
  • Use 2D drawings tools to create 3D models
  • Modify wall levels at varying heights
  • Live real-time rendering
  • Pre-set lighting scenes available. Modify existing ones or create new ones
  • Large database of construction elements
  • Supports metric and imperial measurements
  • Import and Export DXF/DWG files
  • Includes video tutorials, in-depth documentation, step by step guides, FAQ's
  • Access to our UK based technical support team

System requirements

Operating system: Windows® 11, 10, 8, 8.1 or 7
Processor: at least Intel® Core™ i3 or equivalent processors
Memory: at least 2 GB
Free hard disk space: approx. 1.5 GB
Graphics card: standard, 3D capable


3D Architect home designer overview


Frequently asked questions

Are your products Mac compatible?

Arcon Evo and 3D Architect Home Designer are Windows applications but we have many customers successfully running these on a Mac. If you would like to try and run our home design software on your Mac then you will need to have either Parallels or Bootcamp and Windows installed. Please take a look at Parallels Desktop, a fast, easy and powerful application for running Windows on your Mac without rebooting. See https://www.parallels.com where you can download a trial version.

Before going ahead with purchase, we recommend that you request a trial version of our home designer software to ensure that it operates successfully on your Mac.

What happens after I have placed my order?

Once your order for a download version of the software is completed and processed, you will be emailed download instructions together with a serial code to activate your software. You will be up and running in no time.

What if I get stuck during my project?

Arcon Evo & 3D Architect support includes Technical, Installation & Activation support via email plus access to our web based tutorials. We are UK based and aim to respond as soon as possible subject to support request and availability. You can also enjoy our latest comprehensive and interactive PDF guides and video tutorials available under the support section on our website. See Technical Support pages for more information.

How many computers can I install the software on?

When you purchase a single user licence of our software, you will receive unlimited access to the download and an activation key that will allow you to install our software on two computers e.g. home pc and work laptop.

Can the software be installed on multiple computers for others to use?

If you require extra licence(s) for additional users then we have several options available which vary depending on intended use, number of licences required and the version you are running. Please email us at 3darchitect@arcon-cad.de for more details.

Can I produce drawings for planning submission?

Plans amd elevations drawn up in Arcon Evo or 3D Architect Home Designer software are accurate and suitable for submission to your local authority for planning approval. Many of our existing users have achieved this with no previous experience. We recommend referring to your local authority as early as possible to ensure you create plans that meet their requirements.

How are elevation and section views created?

Once you have drawn up your floor plans, elevation views are generated automatically from these. Building sections can be defined and viewed in 2D (3D sections can be viewed in Arcon Evo only). In Arcon Evo there is an advanced mode that allows you to generate and modify individual elevation/section views quickly and easily before entering Plan Layout mode for creating detailed plan sets.

What about building regs and working drawings?

Our software includes a set of drawing and editing tools for fine detailed and working drawings to be created if you have the knowledge. Additionally you can easily import and edit existing CAD blocks (DXF/DWG). Our Building Regs 4 Plans pack is a popular add on product to our home design software that allows you to do this more easily.

Which version of the software is easiest to use?

The 3D Architect Home Designer Basic edition would seem to be the most simple-to-use version being at the low end of our product range! However, all our home designer prroducts including Arcon Evo work in the same way in terms of the basic functionality e.g. drawings walls, placing windows etc. Of course, the more you spend the more features there are so there will be more to learn over time!  Because our software products function in the same way, this makes upgrading easier because you will already be familiar with how the software operates.

I have an old version of Grand Designs 3D software developed by you, is there an upgrade to your new versions?

Yes. For users who own a copy of our popular Grand Designs 3D software we can offer an upgrade discount on any of our home designer products. For an upgrade price, please email your existing order number, serial code and product title you would like to upgrade to. Please email us at 3darchitect@arcon-cad.de

I have an older version of Arcon 3D software, is there an upgrade to your new versions?

Yes. For users who own a copy of our old system we can offer an upgrade discount on any of our home designer products. For an upgrade price, please email your existing order number, serial code and product title you would like to upgrade to. Please email us at 3darchitect@arcon-cad.de

Do your prices include VAT?

For digital products delivered via download, VAT is charged in accordance with EU rules and is charged at your local VAT rate for all countries in the EU Vatable area. Our product pages display prices with VAT included however, if you are buying from outside the UK / EU Vatable area then tax will not be applied to your order and this will be automatically adjusted in the cart.

If I purchase a product, how do I upgrade?

You can upgrade your current version of 3D Architect Home Designer or Arcon Evo at any time.
For an upgrade price, please email your existing order number, serial code and product title you would like to upgrade to. Please email us at 3darchitect@arcon-cad.de

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