Planning a home renovation? Whether the job is as simple as a closet renovation or as massive as an entire home reno, home design software may be your new best friend.
What is Home Design Software?
You’ve probably heard it said that there is a program for everything. Home renovations are certainly no exception to this. The market is rife with both home user and professional programs. This software allows the user to “virtually” renovate parts of his home. Depending on the program, a user may be able to try out different paint colors and add different features to a room or an area and see what the finished project will look like. Some programs even allow a user to view his home in 3D.
The Benefits of Home Design Software
Using home design software to plan your home renovation naturally has some benefits: -It allows you to see what your home or room will look like after a potential reno. Everyone knows that something that looks amazing in the showroom often looks completely different when it’s actually in your home. With home design software, you can use the exact dimensions and layout of your home and “try on” different paint, trim, flooring, etc. so there are no unpleasant surprises. -It helps you make better decisions about price and to keep your costs under control. Your can get accurate calculations when it comes to the amount of flooring, trim and other things you need to finish an area. You’ll avoid going back to the hardware store for more supplies because you’ve run out, and you’ll also avoid buying more than you really need. You’ll also be able to quickly compare the cost of one type of material versus another. -With a 3D software program, you get views of your reno from different angles, including from the insides of closets or from the ceiling looking down.
Choosing the Right Software
With so many different programs available, it can be hard to choose the right one. Experts suggest that you ensure that you understand exactly what a particular program can do for you, so that you don’t get it home and discover that the only thing it’s capable of is switching out paint colors. Make sure that you have a good idea of what kinds of changes you want to make to your room or house and get a program that will help you do all the things you want to do.
Not a do-it-yourselfer? Not everyone is, and that’s okay. Some contractors have their own design software which they use to help their clients plan their renovations. If you’re thinking of hiring a pro to do the job, be sure to ask if they use software, preferably a 3D program. This will make his and your job easier and improve communication. You’ll both be on exactly the same page and you’ll know what you can expect. If changes have to be made mid-job, you’ll still be able to see what those changes are going to look like.
Ron Helferty is a Professional Home Organization Expert and owner of Tailored Living Fraser Valley in greater Vancouver, BC. Tailored Living design experts use the exclusive D’VinciTM 3D Home Design Software to create your dream garage, closet and home office renovation.