What Our Customers Are Saying About Home Designer Software

Great Features – BIG Learning Curve

I use, test, adopt, and teach on a lot of technologies every day. I have to say this system is one of the most robust. The only real challenge with Chief Architect is learning how and when to use all of the different features. And know at what subscription level, each comes into play.

I recommend committing yourself time to a course for training up on each feature as you begin to use this software. But once you master it, you will be creating professional designs at a top tier level.

J.P. Kelliher

Good Product – One Flaw

2024 Operates very well on the Apple Silicon. All the slowness disappears and the application is easy to use. The only gripe I have is that if you use a PDF file as a background, the system loads it as the CAD Layer. Turning off CAD makes your background disappear. A PDF is not a CAD object.

Brian Hogan

Good but Some Features need to come back

I love the updated version for 2024, however, I’m still waiting for the upper cabinet feature to have “backsplash below” to be returned from the 2022 version. Currently you can’t backsplash behind a range or other appliance due to this.
Also, the new search feature is not very user friendly and too confusing. I preferred the old search. Other than that, it runs more smoothly, graphically, than the previous version.

debbie polen

Merge two plans into one?

I love the program. It would be nice if the software enabled merger of two plans into one, e.g. creating a mirror image of a plan and then merging the two together to create a duplex.

UPDATE: Customer was sent article on mirroring a plan in Home Designer Software.

Gary Peterson

“What the hell is he doing in there” -Tom Waits

In April 2019; I purchased “Home Designer Suite” and have since upgraded to “Home Designer Pro” every year since. Last upgrade was February of this year. Suffice it to say I like your software and support! Your Technical department is amazing, I have asked some pretty dumb questions and have always received a helpful polite response.

I have had great success staying within the boundaries as it were. Boundaries being all the “auto-build” functions. I saw an article on “bowed” roofs and successfully designed a few barrack looking structures. Then I thought if you can bow a roof; why not a curve? It did indeed take some time and multiple entries on each segment of roof; but it works! The building was also post and beam so I created curved trusses using of all things a backsplash…

Another successful “tweak” was designing and laying out a Pole Barn… I would recommend HDP to anyone in the trades or design world.

just jerry

jerry strine
Retired!

Home designer Suite Review

i AM DISAPPOINTED IN MY PURCHASE AS I WANTED TO UPGRADE FROM THE 2015 VERSION TO THE 2023 VERSION SO I COULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOME OF THE NEW FEATURES ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT IN ORDER TO RUN THE 3D MODELING ASPECTS I WOULD HAVE TO SPEND 2500.00 ON A NEW COMPUTER AS THE SOFTWARE REQUIRES A GRAPHICS CARD THAT SUPPORTS SHADER MODEL 6 AND EXTENDED FORMATS TYPED UAV LOAD. I AM CURRENTLY RUNNING MY 2015 VERSION ON A HIGH END MSI GAMING COMPUTER WITH HIGH END GRAPHICS CARD WHICH RUNS THE 3D MODELING OF THE 2015 VERSION JUST FINE. IT WOULD BE NICE IF CHIEF ARCHITECT WOULD NOTIFY PEOPLE OF THIS REQUIREMENT BEFORE THEY MAKE A PURCHASE TO UPGRADE TO THE LATEST VERSION OR MAKE A PATCH SO THE SOFTWARE WILL RUN ON AN OLDER COMPUTER.

RICK FLANAGAN

Used before and back again

It is easy and forgiving. The system alerts me when I am about to fall asleep when making errors. I fall asleep so easily and love the alerts and caution marks. I do wake up and get myself together. Customer service is great! My PC crashed and had to get a new computer and somehow lost the KEY and they quickly responded with detailed instructions to recover. I had my PW written down in my PW book and good there. The KEY probably stuck to other paper work that was tossed with the crashed PC. UGH!
New practice; using large zip lock baggies with all info to 1 appliance or electronics loaded into 1 bag per. Much better now.

Cynthia Thomson

Home Designer Suite 2024

The newest version of Home Designer Suite needs some big updates. First, having to right-click to get the cursor back after placing an item is a pain! Also, searching for items now is also a pain. It was way easier in the last version. Also, a lot of the content I’ve purchased and downloaded for the program is now gone. Sometimes I even get messages that the content isn’t available for the new version.

Jill Harlow

Great program

Easy to use. Has been enormously helpful in design of our dream home! The tutorials are also fantastic & very helpful. If you don’t know how to do something a quick Google search almost always solves the problem.

Catherine

Design development stepping stone using HDPro.

Design development, in the formal sense, is where a designer takes a concept sketch and prepares orthographic representation for use in further discussion with clients or builder contractor. I have facilitated Home Designer Pro for this in my design practice with selected projects now for six years with extremely good outcomes. HDPro is a very intuitive set of BIM and CAD modeling tools where the application of building materials, interior settings, site and landscaping, real world settings and anything else your heart desires can be handled hassle free with rather brilliant final effects for professional design presentations and more. Learn the HDPro rules and model away, it’s all so easily workable and I have never been disappointed with the finals using HDPro with client projects. With every new project my use and understanding is expanding as this is more than a simple DIY application – it’s user input quality that determines the output quality of the design in the Home Designer Pro environment. The Reference Manual has it all.

Jeff Robinson

An OLD MAN can learn new tricks!

Having been a real designer / draftsman for many years, I was always hesitant to start learning a new program at age 75. But I tried several cad like programs, and Chief Architect was the only one I could successfully navigate, right out of the box.

Daniel Dziadosz

Great product! I started with

Great product! I started with no knowledge and figured it out after watching the quick video. I had a set budget per sq ft and was able to get the space and rooms I wanted using the program.

Ron Reese
n.a.

The only thing I wish it had…

…would be a way to access the Pan easier. In InDesign you can press Alt and it changes the pointer to a pan motion without having to select the pan command button.
Perhaps this does exist but I haven’t found it. Please reply if I’m mistaken and advise use.

Update: There is a way to pan with a shortcut, it is shown in the productivity tips article.

Annette Hulsey

unbelievable

Unbelievable software, both Suite and Pro.
Suite files are seamlessly accessible from Pro.
Both customer and technical support are great!
I don’t have a fancy computer, just a decent laptop, and it handles it.
Plus, the software is inexpensive. (don’t tell ’em)

mark halverson

Easy & Intuitive

I spent a great deal of time looking for a program that would allow me to easily create a plan and 3D rendering to help visualize a sunroom we’d like to add on to our existing home. I stumbled upon a video tutorial for the Home Designer Software and was immediately impressed by how logical and intuitive the interface was. Even the entry-level Home Designer Suite has a full complement of features and functionality. I was also impressed with the wealth of support resources and tutorials available to assist with understanding how to accomplish various tasks. I also like the fact the Chief Architect develops and supports their products right here in the U.S. I met with our contractor today, and when I showed him what I’d done using the Home Designer software he was so impressed he’s planning to purchase the program for his business.

Glenn Dudley

Easy to use

I don’t do this for a living so this is purely unprofessional. I do a lot of renovations around the house and this helps me and my wife visualize changes before I start tearing down walls.

Matthew Rentz

Great class! Very informative.

Great class! Very informative.

Chelsea Duford

Very Satisfied

I’m a hobby designer and I’ve recently upgraded to the latest Home Designer Suite after using an older version. The ease of use, the graphics and the extensive product libraries are great, and I’ve found the software to be very intuitive and easy to use. Also, the website links, the back-up support and the tutorials are very customer friendly.
I’d definitely recommend.

Craig Scott

Old outdated catalogs

I’ve been a Home Designer Suite user since 2018. Five years of buying expensive updates later, and the catalogs are still the same old out of date stuff. Even the base architectural designs are woefully out of date. If you want to build a house straight out of the 90s, this is the suite for you. The only recourse is to import from some other program. Sketchup has the biggest library but the quality is all over the place (usually poor). Of course you can build everything from scratch, in which case you don’t need Home Designer Suite. As it stands now, I can’t find a reason to support another pricey update.

Mary Landesman

Quick but inadequate response

I requested online support about a feature that appears to be missing. I sent clear screen shots. The response was to call tech support at my convenience. If a call was convenient I would have done that in the first place.

Harry Levinson