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3D Architect Home Designer Pro

Quick Overview

Software suitable for builders looking to design building projects for their clients. Produce scaled accurate house floor plans, elevations, construction drawings and 3D visualisations for planning submission applications and building regs compliant drawings.


As the construction market continues to be competitive, many building professionals need the tools to ensure they can keep costs down and win over clients. 3D Architect Home Designer Pro has been created with the demands of developers, builders, designers and construction companies in mind.

  • 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
  • Create multi-layered walls including cavity walls
  • Merge multiple roofs to produce complex structures
  • 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

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Overview

Key features

  • Suitable for builders & property developers
  • Powerful and extensive tool-set for creating 2D floor plans, elevations, section details
  • Fully interactive graphics for modifying construction elements and individual component parts
  • Instant 2D floor plans to 3D models
  • Create detailed drawing sets for planning applications
  • 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
  • Set geographic position through Google Maps
  • Set time of day and simulate lighting effect
  • 3D Rendering options available including 3D texture overlay
  • 3D textures and bump-mapping capabilities
  • Instant elevation viewer
  • Break apart 2D elevation views
  • Plan mode assistant for producing detailed drawing sets for planning applications
  • Multi-thickness wall types
  • Scan assistant for importing existing drawing images in to plan
  • Add cavity wall detail
  • Layering function for adding wall hatchings and wrapping detail around windows/doors
  • Advanced wall junction options
  • Extensive range of windows & doors including bi-folding
  • Join multiple roof constructions together
  • Room height line display
  • Use 2D drawings tools to create 3D models
  • Advanced wall outline editing
  • Create multi-building developments
  • Modify individual wall levels at varying heights
  • Separately texture sections of walls
  • Live real-time rendering
  • Pre-set lighting scenes available. Modify existing ones or create new ones
  • In-line measurements for making direct changes around selected elements in both 2D and 3D
  • 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

Minimum system requirements

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

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3D Architect home designer overview

Details

Key features of this edition

2D to 3D in an instant

The 3D Architect Home Designer enables you to draw in a more flexible environment than ever before. With two distinct workspaces, 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.

Room planning mode

One of a number of different ways to construct a design in 3D Architect Home Designer, the room planning tool enables you to build a complete floorplan one room at a time. Select a room shape which closest matches to the design you have in mind and add to your plan area. Then add a dimension for each wall to create an accurate sized room. Repeat the process with other rooms to create a full floorplan.

Rooms created with the room planner tool can then be split into their component parts for further editing using the standard wall tools.

Multiple Views

3D Architect Home Designer provides a variety of different view types to suit all requirements and styles. Each of these can be further customised with line styles, patterns and colours. As well as standard 2D construction mode and 3D design mode, you can use sketch mode, colour overlays and numerous surface toggles to ensure you show your designs at their best.

In-line Measurements

The perfect visual tool for spacing, sizing, measuring and adjusting your building elements. Our NEW in-line measurement tool provides a fast, easy and visual method to make changes to the elements of your design quickly and easily. Usable in both 2D construction mode and 3D design mode, in-line measurements can be used to change sizes and positions of doors, windows, walls, roofs etc. Lock parts of the element that you don’t want to be effected or show the effects of drag-and-drop re-positioning.

Doors

Our doors library contains many standard door types covering internal and external doors as well as garage doors, patio doors and an ALL NEW bi-fold door tool.

The door library is just the starting point. All of the door components can be edited in great detail to ensure your project represents the elements you are using on your build.

Flexible design choices for windows

The extensive window customisation tools allow for endless variations to be produced. Select a window from the existing library and change any aspect to ensure it suits your design requirements. Save your selections, preferences and new designs to the window library for future projects.

Staircase customisation tools

Using the same layout principles as previous Arcon titles, the flexible staircase tool now allows for much greater freedom of design. Choose from a myriad of options to define all elements of the stairs, balustrades, risers and treads. Customise your 2D display to suit you preferred presentation style.

Complex roof designs made simple

Taking our expertise in simplifying the creation of complex roof structures a stage further, our new roof designer provides clearer dialogue options to help understand the elements that can be controlled. With more flexible details available to each roof side, the construction and display of even the most complex of roofs is easier than ever before.

Dormer roof editor

Create unique designs using the powerful dormer window tools. With all of the standard dormer styles available from a single menu option. Select the correct profile and customise as required with full control over pitch, window size and quantity and advanced options such as roof breaks.

Plot Tools

As part of the property design process, add in the details of your plot and use the landscaping tools to shape and contour your garden. Add individual height points to replicate known topography for a realistic representation of the property and plot in full 3D.

Use the in-built Google Maps function to locate the geographical co-ordinates of your plot and then use these to give accurate sun and shadow movements.

Powerful editing and trimming tools

3D Architect helps you to automatically trim, mitre and join construction elements and line drawing details. Combined with the use of snap and guideline functions, the drawing of you floorplans will be quick and easy. On occasion however, you may find you need to edit elements of your drawing to change shape, direction, angle or even the wall junction.

3D Architect comes complete with a full range of editing tools to allow you complete control to amend your designs.

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.

Instant Elevations

Due to the technology involved in providing 3D models from 2D floor-plans, 3D Architect 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).

3D Architect enables you to generate your elevations automatically, using the height settings already defined as part of the standard drawing process.

Used by architects & building professionals worldwide

For over 15 years, Arcon has been the choice home design software system for thousands of building professionals, architects and self-builders. Working closely with our users we continue to develop and support our Arcon system to ensure it can be adapted to even the most demanding design project.

No CAD knowledge required

One of the main advantages of the Arcon system over a traditional CAD system is the use of a modular toolset. Designed specifically for building design we have been able to create an intuitive set of modules to guide you logically through the design process. This means it’s simple for anyone to learn, both experienced professionals and novice amateurs embarking on their first self-build project.

Easy to use interface for planning and design

The modular toolset enables us to provide 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 customised and adapted to your preferred drawing style with full flexible options, easily accessed at any time.

2D plans to 3D models in a single click

Creating realistic 3d models for visualisation couldn’t be simpler. Draw your floorplans in a traditional 2d plan view and your 3d model is created automatically at the same time. With a single mouse click or key press you can then enter the 3d mode to view your design, modify finishes and fittings and take a virtual tour of your building.

Drag & drop or numeric input methods

Everyone has their preferred working methods and styles and so in Arcon we reflect this by providing multiple methods for achieving construction tasks. Use simple drag & drop to insert objects, point and click to place walls or use numeric input methods to enter dimensions such as wall lengths.

Metric and imperial measurement units

Unlike similar systems, Arcon is created to cater for either metric or imperial measurement units. Define your preferred units for each project whether it’s metres, millimetres or feet and inches. Even swap from metric and imperial and back again at anytime.

Powerful measuring and ruler tools

For simple design ideas, drawings in Arcon can easily be created freehand. However for the majority of projects you will need to know that your plans are accurate. Arcon software contains many tools to ensure that your drawing elements are spaced and aligned correctly. With powerful guidelines, rulers, origins, grids and measures you can be certain that your plans will be correct every time.

Automatic and manual dimensions tools

2d plans and elevations in Arcon are always drawn to scale (which you have full control over) and accordingly there are many ways of displaying important dimensions and measurements. Set automatic dimensions to display as you draw, choose from many styles of dimension line to add manually, use height point dimensions on elevations and cross-sections, easily add room areas and volumes and even angle dimensions.

Customisable wall construction types

Walls come complete with a number of standard settings in the library. These wall settings can be completely customised to change the library or create your own for future projects. Walls can be completely customised right down to specifying each individual layer of a wall.

Stairs editor

Generate complex stair forms. 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..

Produce simple or complex roof designs

For simple roof constructions you can select from any of the standard roof types in the library and simply drag and drop into position and amend pitch etc. as required. Alternatively use the free form roof editor to create complex roof designs for more unusual shaped buildings. Easily edit the roof settings from pitch and eaves height right through to wood construction details. Then modify the roof easily with dedicated tools for dormer windows and skylights.

Create split level buildings

Not all building plots are level and often a design will need to include split levels within the building. This could range from a simple step-down kitchen through to a hillside home staggered with the slope of the site. By using the ‘multiple building’ concept within Arcon it is simple to overcome these design issues enabling you to create design solution perfectly suited to your plot requirements.

Create estates and multi-building developments

With the ability to create multiple buildings per project file, Arcon is flexible enough to enable you to design entire developments and plan estates. Easily save a design and load multiple copies into your project to create a complete development.

Integrate balconies and railings

Balconies can be attached to your floorplans using the simple balcony outline tool. Define the size and placement of the balcony and it will automatically integrate with your existing walls, placing parapet walls and/or railings where needed. Take full control of the railings to change style, size, and shape right down to specifying the fitting method. Use the independent railing tool to manually add rails around decks, walkways or gallery landings.

Advanced wall outline editing

Take full control of the profile of your walls for maximum design flexibility. Decide how and where walls interact with features such as stairs and roofs. Manually edit individual wall profiles to recreate unusual shapes, architectural features of even garden walls.

Modify existing walls with flexible editing tools

The Arcon system 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.

View 2d & 3d views simultaneously

Whilst it only takes a single key press or click of the mouse to toggle between the 2d construction mode and the 3d design mode, there are occasions when you may want to see both at the same time. Simply enable the 3d preview and watch everything you draw in 2d replicated in 3d as you design.

Define the site, plot or landscape

Use the define landscape tool 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.

Over 7000 furniture items and objects included

The standard library contains over 7000 3d models 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.

Over 8000 textures and materials for decoration

Apply textures to surfaces, objects, fixtures and fittings to change their appearance and style. The add materials to provide reflective surfaces, glass properties and mirrored finishes.

Increase your library with import options

Need a specific texture or object? Can’t find anything suitable in the library? Easily add to the library to increase your options. Textures can be added in the common bmp format, enabling you to take images from the web, catalogues or you own images. Furthermore add more 3d objects to your catalogue by using the import feature to import files in the widely used 3ds standard.

Enhance your 3d scene with picture backgrounds

Select from one of the photographic backgrounds included or use your own to provide a greater insight into how your design will look in situ.

Check lighting and shadows

By selecting to use the variable daylight settings to light your 3d model, you are able to select your location anywhere in the world by entering your latitude and longitude (which can be imported from Google Maps).

3D virtual walkthrough

Analyze your design in detail with the 3d walkthrough 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

Arcon provides many 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.

FAQ

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@elecosoft.com 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@elecosoft.com

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@elecosoft.com

Can I save my building project and send the 3D design to my clients?

Simply save the image file to your computer, attach it to an email message and send it to your client. You can also save your 3D design to o2c (3D) object. This can be emailed to your client where they can view the building in 3D. Using a free o2c player, they are able to interact with the 3D building e.g. zoom, rotate, walkthrough. All they require is an o2c player - see https://www.o2c.de/en.html for more details.

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@elecosoft.com

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