Research and review home design software on the Internet. Professional design software, such as Chief Architect, can cost anywhere from $500 to $1500 or more, while less expensive options, such as Punch Software, can cost $100 or less.
Install the software on your computer. Follow on-screen instructions for installation. When prompted, remember to save the program as opposed to simply running the program.
Get acquainted with your design software program. Navigate through the design tools and functions to see all that is available to you. Design digital rooms that look like the rooms in your home. Include room dimensions and furniture placement. Drag beds, chairs, tables, lamps, sinks, toilets, even rugs from the furniture menu. Click and drag your mouse to lengthen and turn furniture pieces around. Position items into your virtual room in a manner that best mimics the look of your home.
Redesign your digital home. Make choices that you would want to make in real life. Paint walls a new color. Change furniture placement around. Hang new curtains and add new countertops in the kitchen. Be creative and don't hesitate to try different ideas. Print your design and follow it accordingly for redesigning your home.
Things You Will Need
- Internet access
- Consider using Google SketchUp to design a digital home. Google SketchUp is a free program that can be downloaded to your computer from the Google SketchUp website. This program offers 3D design features that, with graphic design experience or a lot of practice time on your hands, can offer similar results as the aforementioned software. Understand, however, that all the design features associated with programs like Chief Architect or Punch Software are not fully available with SketchUp.