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Chief Architect Architectural Home Designer 9.0 (PC DVD)

by Chief Architect
Windows 7 / XP / Vista
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Exclusive All-in-One Home Design Solution
  • Choose from over 2,500 Sample Plans
  • Choose from built-in home style templates, create your own custom home design or use the House Wizard
  • Powerful building tools like automatic roof generation, dormers, stairs, framing and foundations
  • Artistic rendering techniques for Watercolor, Glass House and Technical Illustration
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 7 / XP / Vista
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • ASIN: B002CNARIS
  • Release Date: 7 Aug 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,408 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Architectural Home Designer 9.0 is all-in-one Home Design software and includes: Home Design, Remodeling, Decks & Landscaping, Interior Design, Site Planning & Estimating. It leverages the same professional quality from Chief Architect making it the most powerful and easy to use home design software. Quickly place and arrange walls, windows, doors, and cabinets. Choose colors, place furniture, create decks and landscaping. Powerful building tools like standard CAD tools, automatic roof generation, dormers, stairs, framing, foundations, and Plan Check make it easy. Choose from a Library of more than 3,600 plants and 7,000 items including windows, doors, lighting, furniture, interior/exterior fixtures, cabinets, and more. HOME DESIGN Choose from thousands of styles, colors, wallpaper, flooring, and materials. Move a wall, change a color, add a room, redesign a kitchen, create your own cabinets, and estimate costs before you build. REMODELING Experiment and create models and virtual tours. Arrange walls, windows, doors, decks, and automatically generate 3D models to visualize at any angle. Powerful building and remodeling tools include automatic roof generation, foundations, stairs, and more. INTERIOR DESIGN Choose or import thousands of items to customize your design. Point-and-click to change wall colors, flooring styles, countertops, and more. Choose from name-brand colors and materials or create your own. DECKS & LANDSCAPING Over 1,500 botanically accurate flowers, trees, and shrubs. Create gardens, pathways, hills, valleys, ponds, and more for your outdoor living area. Powerful deck tools allow you to design, visualize, estimate, and build your outdoor living project. SITE PLANNING & ESTIMATING Design your lot and plans with easy terrain tools. Identify your costs and materials for your next project before you begin. Design in 2D or 3D. Add, resize, and automatically dimension your plans.

Manufacturer's Description

Architectural Home Designer 9.0 is the latest release from Chief Architect, the professional software design company and the software of choice by more builders, architects and designers. Architectural Home Designer leverages the same professional quality from Chief Architect making it the most powerful and easy to use home design, remodeling and landscaping software.

Create your dream home with powerful and easy to use home design, remodeling and landscaping software. Click to enlarge.

Design the Kitchen of your dreams--move walls, create new cabinets, and add appliances to design your perfect workspace! Click to enlarge.

Powerful deck and patio tools allow you to design and visualize your new deck. Click to enlarge.

Design in 2D and 3D. 3D Views are automatic with a point-and-click of the camera tool. Click to enlarge.

Glass House View provides a full translucent view of your design. Click to enlarge.

Choose from over 3,600 plants with the Plant Chooser. Click to enlarge.

Exclusive All-in-One Home Design Solution

  • Choose from over 2,500 Sample Plans
  • Choose from built-in home style templates, create your own custom home design or use the House Wizard
  • Powerful building tools like automatic roof generation, dormers, stairs, framing and foundations
  • Artistic rendering techniques for Watercolor, Glass House and Technical Illustration

Get Started Quickly and Easily

  • The Quick Startup Options Guide will help you begin with "How-To" tutorials based on the type of your project
  • Use the House Wizard for quick and easy layout of your rooms
  • Select from the pre-designed Home Design and Landscaping Style Templates complete with colors, cabinets, decks and more
  • The online help system provides detail information on all types of building projects
  • Includes over 40 easy "step-by-step" tutorial training videos that will quickly get you started on your next home design project

Kitchen and Bath Design

  • Design the Kitchen of your dreams--move walls, create new cabinets, add appliances--Design your perfect workspace!
  • Plan the new layout of your bathroom with custom cabinets, sinks, showers and garden tubs. It's easy to visualize your ideas in 3D.
  • Create custom cabinets in minutes by choosing your own colors, countertops, door styles and more
  • Design your new kitchen or bath using the Cabinet Designer Tools
  • Use the Cabinet Designer tools to create unlimited cabinet styles. Choose your own colors, countertops and door styles.

Interior Design

  • Material Painter lets you apply colors and materials quickly and easily
  • Choose from thousands of colors and textures or create your own materials using a digital photograph
  • Design for your lifestyle and personality--change colors, add lighting and choose furniture to accent your new room
  • Choose from a variety of interior items--including chairs, tables, sofas, fabrics, accessories and more. Resize, change colors and materials to meet your exact needs.
  • Import your own symbols from 3D files types including .SKP, .OBJ and .3DS
  • Smart Design Objects, Drag-and-drop from thousands of design objects in the built-in Library organized by category

Decks and Landscaping

  • Powerful deck and patio tools allow you to design and visualize your new deck with 3D models and can help you estimate the costs
  • Design single or multi-level decks complete with automatic deck framing
  • Quickly lay out your deck with stairs and arrange furniture
  • Deck foundations automatically generate to match sloped lots
  • Plant Encyclopedia to learn more about the plants in your designs
  • Choose from over 3,600 plants with the Plant Chooser
  • Plant Hardiness Zone reference maps
  • See what your plants will look like in 0 - 20 years
  • Pathways--Use the Pathway tool to design curb-appealing landscaping using stone, pavers, or sidewalks--line with trees, shrubs, flowers and more

Chief Architect Product Comparison
Which Chief Architect product best suits your needs? Review this product comparison matrix (PDF file).

3D Models and Virtual Tours

  • Design in 2D and 3D. 3D Views are automatic with a point-and-click of the camera tool.
  • Glass House View provides a full translucent view of your design. Choose other Artistic rendering techniques for Watercolor and Technical Illustration views.
  • Planning of furniture placement and traffic flow
  • Create a Virtual Tour--draw your record line to Automatically Generate; or record your camera movements
  • Visualize your home with day and night views
  • Assemble a scale model of your design with Model Maker
  • Generate shadows from the sun for realistic 3D views
  • Point-and-click to remove wall surfaces, or use 3D Cross-Section Elevation Slider to quickly create a 3D slice of your desired view

Site Planning & Estimating

  • Use Automatic Build Terrain and Terrain Perimeter tools to create flat, irregular shaped, or sloped lots--use a GPS to import or enter elevation data
  • Create plot and perimeter plans; automatically generate a 3D model of your actual terrain
  • Make your backyard design come alive using several easy-to-use terrain and landscaping tools. Add a pool or pond and visualize in 3D.
  • Sprinkler Designer tools to easily layout sprinkler zones
  • Fences and Driveways--With the Fencing tools you can choose a variety of fencing styles and custom gates. You will also find driveway, sidewalk and curbing tools
  • Hill and Valley tools make it easy to add gardens, beds and slopes that automatically appear in 3D views. Choose from landscaping style templates or create your own.
  • Cost Estimating--Don't be surprised by the cost of your project. Automatically generate a complete spreadsheet for your project costs, broken down by category. Calculate the amount of lumber for your deck or concrete required for that new patio.


Customer Reviews

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very easy at first, but only as far as it goes 22 Nov 2009
By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
If you've never used a CAD program to design anything, but are computer literate and can follow the instructions in the tutorials, then this will feel simple and easy, and getting started offers no real stumbling blocks. If you want to make pretty pictures of an American style house without paying any particular care to UK standard sizes or getting the key elements of the design in the right places, then it is trivially easy. The whizzy 3D zoom-through works well, just like a computer game, and it is much easier to use than for example the Kitchen designer software downloaded free from Ikea.

However, over past years I dabbled with various iterations of Autocad and Mentor Designer at work, and currently at home run a very stripped-down shareware, A9CAD, on this W2KP laptop. After an hour or two learning the methods peculiar to each, all of these are easy and very productive to use, even if, seemingly, time consuming with all the typing of numbers etc.

Compared with these professional tools able to produce high quality professional results, I found CA intensely frustrating because it seems I wanted to explore something not possible in its standard gamut; just designing a very small and very simple bay-window extension to my kitchen, with new cabinets etc.

Even though I had a floor-plan in both industry-standard DXF and DXC formats to load in as a starting point, CA refused to accept these as source material.
So I used the CA method to enter the floor plan: it refused to let me have precisely the right dimensions even though it was happy to display the wrong dimensions to a higher degree of precision. I thought it might be to do with the snap-to grid: it would not let me choose an appropriate snap-to grid for my design.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lyne VINE VOICE
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The required computer specs look very daunting on the packaging, but I decided to install it onto my HP laptop running Vista Home Pro with 2 gigs of ram. It installed reasonably quickly and without any problems. The software then downloaded a pretty huge update and installed itself again! But again this was a reasonably fast update and as you will be spending a long time using this, then the wait is worth it.

The software starts quite quickly, and with the aid of the online help you can pretty soon be up and designing. This software arrived a few days after my wife had decided that we needed to remodel our dining room and kitchen, so the obvious test was to draw it up and have a go! Like a lot of software of this type there are many many functions that will not be used by most of us. The acid test is to see if it can be used by an amateur designer such as myself without any of the advanced features getting in the way. I found this to be the case and within half an hour I could produce a crude outline of our ground floor which was viewable in 3D and make changes to see how it would look for real. Great for trialling new layouts and projects without spending a fortune on an architect. The rendering of the 3D models was very quick - even on my laptop.

I found a few problems. Our house has a staircase which turns 90 degrees at the bottom, runs for a bit straight then turns 90 deg again. I gave up trying to make this design, and couldn't find one that matched in the extensive libraries of items so I just added a standard staircase and put up with the warnings it gave about walls intersecting the stairs etc. I also encountered a few problems with wallcoverings and textures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful software and good value for money 16 Nov 2009
By Cheshire Cat TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Loaded this on my 2 year old desktop running Windows 7 and with 4gb ram with no problems so a tick in the box for that.

Won't bore you with a description of the American designed software's capabilities as the product description says it all but, in overall terms, it represents an 'affordable' means of 3D modelling domestic alterations and option creating to your heart's content. Yes, this version is not a straight replacement or a auto-cad programme BUT , if you are really serious about your domestic design or just wish to tinker before going out for professional help, this tool will be invaluable.

Some irritating glitches when it can sometimes not easily allow what would seem to be simple requests for change but they can be overcome albeit with a little effort.And the software was , to my mind, designed from the perspective of a US home but that doesn't really stop you exploiting it.

One of a family of design tools by Chief Architect (this is the mid range version) with the others having fewer/greater capabilities depending on price, I would recommend this as a generally well thought out and executed piece of home design software that I am sure will be of great use on any significant alterations works.

Now, my sister-in-law just wants to plan her house extension......
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent software all-round. 14 April 2010
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This is part of the Chief Architect series, and covers every aspect of home design. TDespite it's wide focus it still has a huge amount of detail, with over 2500 sample plans to choose from, and literally thousands of different configurations of installation and furniture. Many of the complex functions can be automated to save time any to allow you the ease to experiment without worrying about messing up your design.

The main comparison I can offer is to the Grand Designs software which I've also used. Although grand designs has slightly more features and is a more 'professional' product, it is also much harder to learn and use and far more expensive. A design program is only really worth buying if you are actually going to make use of it, after all, and being simple to use helps in this regard.

For the relatively low price, ease of use and huge versatility, I would give this four out of five stars - but close to five.
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