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Home design software for self-builders

Floor plan software for self-builders

The 3D Architect Home Designer Expert floor plan software is a powerful building design and construction project planning tool for those wanting to design floor plans for a modern house, house extension or loft conversion and create drawings suitable for planning applications.

Your dream home is at your fingertips! This floor plan creator software enables you to create and visualise your next modern house, house extension or conversion quickly and easily. Avoid expensive mistakes by perfecting your ideas before starting work or seeking professional advice. Save money and get the home you want!

Draw walls, rooms and buildings quickly and accurately with dedicated, fully customisable tools. Then add other construction features with fast drag-and-drop modules. Additional floors and construction layers can be added easily. Change measurements, scale, color and textures at the touch of a button. With a single click of your mouse, enter 3D mode where you can add furniture, lighting, change the decor and take a virtual walk through of your building.

3D Architect Home Designer Expert floor plan software for self-builders will enable you to easily draw your building to levels suitable for planning submissions.

 

 

Key features of 3D Architect Home Designer Expert software:

 

3D Architect floor plan designer software screenshot
Modern user interface with all the construction tools required for creating professional floor plans
The modular tool-set provides tools and icons for specific elements of the design in a logical manner. Easily identifiable, each tool will guide you through a particular part of the design process and will be familiar to anyone having used Windows based software. Each tool can be customized and adapted to your preferred drawing style with full flexible options, easily accessed at any time.


Create detailed drawing sets for planning applications
With fast and accurate drawing tools, creating scaled floor plans, elevations and cross-sections is one of the key strengths of 3D Architect Home Designer Expert. All plans and elevations are produced to scale with flexible control over scale, paper size and measurement units. The Plan Mode Assistant provides even greater control of your layouts, enabling you to produce single pages containing multiple views and floor plans. Ideal for planning applications, floor plan presentations to clients or service information for each trade.


Import options
DXF/DWG - Import standard CAD files, ideal to use as an existing basis for a plan, for site plans or for detail blocks for building control drawings
 

 

Architectural drawings

Advanced editors including variable stair constructions, roofs, dormers etc
Generate complex staircases. You can adjust the parameters and see the changes instantly in 3D. Supports many stair types. When placed, stairs will automatically create a ceiling cutout for the stairwell. 
For simple roof constructions you can select from any of the standard roof types in the library and simply drag and drop in to position and amend pitch etc as required. Then modify the roof with dedicated tools for dormer windows and skylights. 


Modify existing walls with flexible editing tools
The 3D Architect home design software for self-builders provides you with the flexibility to produce drawings in your own way and when you need to change your plans, nothing could be simpler. With a complete suite of wall editing options available, amending, modifying or adding to your drawings is quick and intuitive. Simply select the tool that matches what you want to change and edit the wall. With options to enable you to change lengths, angles, wall ends, splitting walls, merging and trimming walls you can always ensure your designs can evolve with your requirements. 

  
Customisable window and door types including bi-folding
Extensive window and door customisation tools allows for endless variations to be produced. Select an existing type from the library and change any aspect to ensure it suits your design requirements. Save your selections, preferences and new designs to the library for use in future projects.


In-line measurements
The new in-line measurements feature provides a fast, easy and visual method for making direct changes on-screen in and around selected elements. Usable in both 2D mode and 3D mode, in-line measurements can be used to change the size and position of windows, doors, walls, roofs, skylights, dormers, furniture items etc.

 

Design your dream house
3D textures and bump-mapping capabilities resulting in more realistic visualisations
Create high-quality renderings with ambient shade and real-time shadows/reflections. Your projects can quickly and effectively be turned into a full visualisation scene. Its compact format enables fast scene building combined with close-to-reality quality and simple handling. Bump mapping is a technique in computer graphics for simulating bumps and wrinkles on the surface of an object. With built in bump mapping capabilities, you can now add greater levels of realism to your textures, enabling more detailed and realistic visualisations. Integrate your own texture bump maps or use the original texture to map against in order to produce enhanced edge definition and detail.


Over 10,000 objects, textures and materials for furnishing your project
The standard library contains interior and exterior objects for the furnishing and fittings of your project. Included are objects for bathrooms, kitchens, living areas, dining, gardens, offices and many more. All objects can be amended and modified, resized and adjusted as required. Apply textures to surfaces, objects, fixtures and fittings to change their appearance and style. Add materials to provide reflective surfaces, glass properties and mirrored finishes. Also includes 3D Warehouse interface for adding other furnishing items directly to your design.


Advanced landscaping tools for marking out property/ground area, paths, ponds etc.
Use the advanced landscaping tools to mark the boundaries of your building plot or site. Break the area down into individual gardens, driveways and paths using the ground area tool. The add contours using the land topography tools or even individual height points for a realistic visualisation of your building plot.
 

 

3D Architect home designer software

Architectural elevation viewer allows you to examine all sides of building quickly and easily
Due to the technology involved in providing 3D models from 2D floor-plans, 3D Architect home design software for self-builders can quickly produce elevation views for your designs. Commonly required as part of the planning process, elevations provide a scaled 2D view of each face of the building (normally from the standard compass points of North, East, South and West).


Scaled drawing with full dimension tools
Scaled drawings often need to be annotated with precise information confirming sizes, angles, distances etc. 3D Architect comes complete with a full quota of dimension types to suit all requirements. From simple distance measurements right through to radial and arc dimensions, you can ensure you can fully annotate your drawings.


Automatically convert detailed floor plans to interactive 3D models
3D Architect Home Designer Exper enables you to draw in a more flexible environment than ever before. With two distinct work spaces, you can quickly and accurately design floor plans in our 2D construction mode and check the results instantly in the 3D model in design mode.


3D walk-through function to move through your completed project
Analyze your design in detail with the 3d walk-through function. Enter and explore your 3d model to check for space issues and practicality of design. With animated door and window information, check your plans will work for you.


Share information with advanced export functions
There are a number of ways to share your plans, drawings and models. Create image files of your 2D and 3D views, save your plans as pdf files, produce a 3D model in o2c format to share with clients or export your plans in CAD formats compatible with other software systems.