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Chief Architect Suite Designer 2012 (PC)

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

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  • Choose from built-in style templates - Home Design, Interior Design , Landscaping, Decks, Patios and Pools or create your own custom home design
  • Design in 2D and 3D or both simultaneously
  • Over 6,000 library items or download free bonus items to customize your design
  • Choose from Final View, Glass House, Doll House, Night Views, and Framing to see your design from every point of view
  • Automated build tools for roofs, stairs, framing, foundations, dimensions and terrain

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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B005QWIPPE
  • Release Date: 28 Oct 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,894 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

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Chief Architect Home Designer Suite 2012

Take on any home design or remodeling project with Home Designer Suite. Take a virtual tour and or use 3D views to know exactly what your project will look like before you build! Perfect for Home Design, Remodeling, Interior Design, Kitchens and Baths, Decks and Landscaping, and Cost Estimation. Save time and money and start designing your dream home today!

Create your dream home today
Create your dream home today
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Home Design

Design or visualize your dream home with advanced design tools that are fun and easy to use. Visualize what your home, remodeling or interior design project will look like with 3D models and Virtual tours.

  • Choose from built-in style templates - Home Design, Interior Design , Landscaping, Decks, Patios and Pools or create your own custom home design
  • Design in 2D and 3D or both simultaneously
  • Over 6,000 library items or download free bonus items to customize your design
  • Choose from Final View, Glass House, Doll House, Night Views, and Framing to see your design from every point of view
  • Automated build tools for roofs, stairs, framing, foundations, dimensions and terrain

Design and visualize your ideas
Design and visualize your ideas
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Remodeling

Home Designer can help you plan, visualize, and estimate the costs before you begin your project! Create a new room or addition to your home, remodel your kitchen or bath, and visualize floor and space planning, using our home design software's powerful and easy building tools.

  • Move a wall, change a color, add a room, redesign a kitchen and estimate the costs - all before you remodel
  • Accurate move dimensions - move objects accurately by typing the dimension
  • Create a new room or addition - add and remove walls, place windows and doors, size your rooms with dimensions
  • Change your colors, countertops, finishes, and flooring styles with Material Painter®
  • Move or resize walls by clicking on the wall and moving or entering a precise dimension

Make your design ideas come to life
Make your design ideas come to life
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Interior Design

Give your home the look and feel you want - choose from thousands of styles, colors, wall coverings, flooring and materials. Design and decorate your living, dining, kitchen, kid's rooms or master bedroom.

  • Place name brand products in your design including: Cultured Stone, Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Viking Appliances, and many others
  • Smart Design Objects, Drag-and-drop from thousands of design objects in the built-in Library organized by category
  • Choose from a variety of latest interior items--including cabinets, chairs, tables, sofas, fabrics, and accessories. Resize, change colors and materials to meet your exact needs
  • Quickly place and arrange walls, windows, doors, cabinets, choose colors, and accessories. It's fun to experiment with various options to create different looks
  • Turn lights off and on in your design with a single click
  • Material Painter® allows you to change the color and material of any object in your design - cabinets, countertops, walls, and flooring

Design the bathroom of your dreams
Design the bathroom of your dreams
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Kitchen & Bath Design

Creating your dream kitchen is fun and easy with Home Designer Suite. Create thousands of cabinet combinations, change your countertop material, add appliances and fixtures, create custom colors and materials, and more!

  • Choose from over 1,000 cabinet combinations and create a custom kitchen or bath
  • Plan the new layout of your bathroom with custom cabinets, sinks, showers and garden tubs. Choose from a wide variety appliance styles for your kitchen
  • Choose from several floor types such as hardwood, stone, tile or carpeting
  • Import your own favorite objects, materials, colors or textures from a photo or website
  • Use the Color Blending tool to stain a translucent color or apply a solid color over the material you place to create unlimited combinations to fit your design requirements

Create a well-planned outdoor living space
Create a well-planned outdoor living space
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Landscaping & Decks

Create beautiful landscapes, terrain features, gardens and decks for your perfect outdoor living spaces! Home Designer Suite makes it easy to quickly design the virtual look and feel of your backyard, deck, patio, pool or other outdoor project.

  • 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 straight, curved, single level, or multi-leveled decks
  • Use Automatic Build Terrain and Terrain Perimeter tools to create flat, irregular shaped or sloped lots - use a GPS to import elevation data
  • Choose from over 1,500 plants with the Plant Chooser™
  • Grow Plants tool to adjust the maturity visualize how plants will look as they mature

Get Started Quickly!

The Quick Startup Options Guide will help you begin with "How-To" tutorials based on the type of your project. You can also choose from over 30 easy "step-by-step" tutorial training videos that will quickly get you started on your next home design project. Live online training webinars are available on a weekly basis and you can access this training via the Internet. Home Talk is a User Forum you can ask question from the community of users. Finally we offer great technical support by qualified in-house professionals.

Box Contains

  • 1 x DVD ROM
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Upgrade flyer
  • Product Key

  • Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price 8 Feb 2012
    I bought this software because we are buying a house and we wanted to model it with different colours before painting it. So far, I have made a fairly complete model of the house and the interior, but it isn't finished yet and we haven't actually got around to playing with the colours on the walls although that's easy enough to do.

    This is a complex product and there is a lot to say. Installation and operation - no problems on my computer (Windows 7), the program is pretty stable and runs perfectly well on my i5-based PC. The 3D views move perfectly fluidly and it doesn't seem to tax the PC too much (it can take a few seconds to generate a 3D view but then it's perfectly smooth).

    User-friendliness is mixed. 3D modelling is a complex thing and I didn't find the interface very easy to learn at first, and it took me a little while to get used to it. However, after an initial learning curve I got to grips with it. I found that I had to focus on one area at a time and learn each one separately - walls, floors, cabinets, furniture etc. I can't say that I have mastered all of them yet, and there are levels of detail that are available in the program that I haven't attempted to use (e.g. interior composition of walls, creating custom textures etc.). I have also got a problem with the roof, which is auto-generated but creates a complete mess (based on the walls beneath) and I can't work out how to clean that up and make an accurate roof.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A quality package 27 Jun 2012
    By Jackiesmackie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    I have created what would be my ideal internal spec for my home. The amount of time you can spend perfecting your look is well spent. Easy click and point dimensional control, adjust light, shade, tone of interior based on time of day. Work as a schematic or in 3D for that fully immersed feeling. Get a real feel for height, depth and space by doing a walk-through, the bird's eye view gives you the information you need for site planning, the walk through is more so you can see if the space works. The extra items really let you give your project that finished look so you can truly appreciate your design. As usual with this series there are many click and use tools and templates for your stairs, walls, joists and framing. You can download some extra bits for free with this disc making it more value for money too.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars very good software 2 Jan 2013
    Verified Purchase
    very easy to use, good graphics you can do almost every house you imagine. i love it. it is a great choice if is time to built your real home and want to put your ideas on a paper to give to your architect the real picture of them.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    By Karen Baxter VINE VOICE
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    Chief Architect Suite Designer 2012 (PC)

    I thought this would be perfect for us as we are extending our bungalow and adding two dormer bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs.

    My only concern ... could it be a little complicated?

    The first thing to note is the ease in which the program is installed and set up, you simply insert the DVD and follow the set up wizard which starts automatically. This takes a couple of minutes to complete.

    To launch the program just click the shortcut which is conveniently placed on your desktop during installation. The first time you start the program you will be asked to register your product and enter your product key which should be included inside your DVD case.

    'Chief Architect Suite Designer 2012' is an extremely thorough design program which can be used by home DIY enthusiasts and professionals alike. Perfect for building projects and equally fantastic for any interior design.

    The program is vast and can be quite confusing to start with, however there is masses of help available with Home Designer Tutorials, Reference Manual and User Guides in PDF format, Video Tutorials, the Home Designer Website complete with a user forum.

    With a little bit of effort my husband and I managed to produce a fairly accurate facsimile of our bungalow and using the tools available added a rear extension, a conservatory and a front porch. (We haven't tried to produce a dormer bedroom yet and I must admit I am not sure how to :)

    Anyway once the (boring) building work was completed on the PC by my husband I could really go to town with the interior design element. I had amazing fun designing the kitchen, bathroom and even the garden.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a fast computer 18 July 2012
    By Dinah85 VINE VOICE
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    Firstly please check your computer spec when ordering this product, it's resource hungry and you need quite a bit of processing power for it to run smoothly. The premise of the software is good, however I was a little put off by this clearly being an American piece of software.

    The 3D modelling is a bit tricky to get your head around, and it felt a bit gimmicky when all I wanted to do was produce scale plans. In the end I found it a lot, lot easier to do these by hand than try to play with this. Overall it did feel a bit like a toy, good for make believe but not much use for practical application.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good... but read the back of the box first
    Lovely piece of software, very straightforward to use and allows even the most amateur budding "changing rooms" enthusiast to become a one person "extreme makeover: home edition". Read more
    Published 16 months ago by E. Ramshaw
    4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful but not a solution in itself
    We have been doing a lot of alterations to our house and I wish I had owned this software before I'd started feeding ideas to the architect as it would have given me more scope to... Read more
    Published 17 months ago by J.R.Hartley
    2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to learn and lacks a real market
    The Designer 'suite' is no more user friendly than many of its brethern. Fundamentally, this is a huge problem. Read more
    Published 18 months ago by Tangerine
    4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful but complicated desigh suite
    Here's the thing. I got this software quite a long time ago and at just the right time because I was helping my brother with a planned loft conversion. Read more
    Published 22 months ago by Clever Spud
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very good package!
    I want an extension, but not actually sure if it would suit our property. So thought I'd mock-up an idea. Read more
    Published 22 months ago by Russtafarian
    4.0 out of 5 stars Decent comprehensive design package
    The product was easy enough to install. I have used other programmes in the past (Punch Home Design)

    In comparison, the fundamentals of the programmes are the same, this... Read more
    Published 24 months ago by zenadox
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not for the casual user
    This is an in depth piece of software with an impressive array of features, many of which may deter the casual user. Read more
    Published on 25 Aug 2012 by Gary Hilton
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Home Design Software but do you need the Suite version or cheaper...
    We are in the process of designing an extension to our house. I am an engineer and have used 3D design software as part of my job, but never a house. Read more
    Published on 22 Jun 2012 by Paul Stewart
    2.0 out of 5 stars Promising software but it is very resource hungry
    Promising software, and in itself I'm sure its fine, but my 2 year old laptop struggled to get this to run as well as it promised, and it left me sightly frustrated. Read more
    Published on 21 Jun 2012 by Mr. Philip Harkins
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