Here’s the experience of a satisfied user of a major home improvement software package:
When my husband and I started considering remodeling our home, we turned to local designers and contractors for consultation and estimates. Not only was I disappointed to discover the estimates were coming back way over our budget, but that the designers lacked imagination! So we decided to tackle the project on our own.
After a much investigation I decided that Broderbund's 3D Home Architect Deluxe V3.0 (3DHAD) would best meet our needs. I also purchased a similar software application by This Old House, but never opened it since Broderbund's product worked so well for us.
3DHAD proved to be an invaluable resource in preparing to tackle the job of remodeling on our own. We were able to, after some gruelling hours measuring and re-measuring, make a complete model of our home and view it from many different perspectives. Then in a separate file we started our adventure and explored countless possibilities, adding on and moving walls and furniture, and discovering lots of alternatives for each remodeling project.
We would have never been able to afford that time and help with a consultant.
I spent hours planning my kitchen. I was able to move cabinets around, work out activity areas, explore and find solutions that met our family's requirements. After each new lay out I was able to do a walk-thru and get a feel for the layout long before we actually removed walls or made purchases.
When we were finally ready - I was able to print out pictures of what I wanted and bring them to my local home improvement store. The designers there were happy to work with me, and their service was free! While we were waiting for our cabinets to be delivered, hubby and I attacked our house and got ready for the install.
So far we've saved ourselves $20,000 by doing the remodeling ourselves! Broderbund's 3D Home Architect Deluxe V3.0 paved the way to a successful experience!
Our use: Exploration and planning for kitchen/great room remodel Exploration and planning for master bath remodel Exploration and planning for addition of a second story deck
System Requirements: Windows 95 or 98 100MH Pentium or faster Minimum 16MB Hard Disk space 2x CD-Rom drive or faster 800x600 Display, 256 colors Mouse