Best for: Home builders, remodelers, interior designers, and contractors.
Overview: Cedreo is 3D home building software that allows users to put together an entire conceptual design presentation from scratch in two hours or less.
Created with professional home builders and designers in mind, Cedreo boasts a number of time-saving tools that reduce expenses, streamline the sales process, and improve communication with clients and other stakeholders.
Users can create 2D and 3D floor plans, generate photorealistic presentations that connect with clients on an emotional level, and use designs as a marketing and sales tool.
- Generate 2D and 3D floor plans
- Customize interior and exterior designs
- Create custom presentations & proposals
- Save and reuse templates for future projects
- Access Cedreo’s 7,000+ piece home decor library
- Share home design projects with your team and clients
- Alter lighting and sun orientation
- 1:1 onboarding, training, and phone support
Pricing: Cedreo offers three plans:
- Free plan with limited features — 1 user, 1 project, limited access to 3D catalog, 20 photorealistic renderings, and blueprint management.
- Pro plan, $79 per month — 1 user, unlimited projects, 40 photorealistic renderings, full access to 3D catalog, and phone and chat support.
- Enterprise plan, $129 per user, per month — unlimited users, unlimited projects, collaboration & project sharing, role & permission management.
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Best for: Architects, home builders, and commercial contractors
Overview: SketchUp is a comprehensive 3D design platform that has been around for more than 20 years. The platform allows users to generate and present interior and exterior designs via photorealistic renders, virtual walkthroughs and flyovers, and animations.
However, unlike Cedreo, SketchUp isn’t explicitly designed for home builders and designers and the platform comes with a steep learning curve — at least for those who don’t have existing experience with CAD tools. Cedreo aims to provide a more user-friendly experience, and eliminates many of the steps that can lead to frustration and wasted time.
- 3D modeling
- 2D floor plans
- 3D warehouse — a 3D model catalog containing furniture, textures, flooring, decor, and more.
- In-app reporting tools
- Mixed reality presentation tools
- View controls
Pricing: SketchUp offers three different plans:
- Shop: Web-only version with limited features, $119 per year.
- Pro: Web and desktop app with additional features like XR viewer, 3D modeler, 2D design documentation, project insights, $299 per year.
- Studio: Web and desktop app — includes everything from the Pro plan, plus energy efficiency features, $1,199 per year.
3. Planner 5D
Best for: Homeowners, interior designers, real estate agents
Overview: Planner 5D promises to make home design easy. According to the website, users simply follow a three-step process: Design the floor plan and layout, add and customize furnishings, then generate and share realistic visualizations.
For the price, Planner 5D offers a lot. It’s easy to generate professional-looking graphics quickly and apply custom textures, furniture, and colors. At the same time, professional designers and builders may find Planner 5D somewhat limited.
Several reviewers on Capterra and G2 Crowd reported that while they were impressed with the quality, they found the furniture catalog and customization options to be lacking. (Note that Planner 5D is upfront about being “designed for amateurs”).
A few users noted that they did find this software useful for quickly putting together an idea to show a client.
- Intuitive drag-and-drop editor with 2D and 3D design modes
- HD visualizations
- User-generated item catalog with 5,000+ items and automated furniture arrangement
- AI plan recognition
- AR 3D projection
Pricing: Free plan available with basic features and limited access to the 3D catalog. Paid version is $6.99 per month, $15.99 for an entire year, or $24.99 for a premium (forever) account.
4. Live Home 3D
Best for: Architects, home builders, interior designers, landscape designers
Overview: Live Home 3D is interior design and floor plan software for Mac and Windows — with full support for smartphones and tablets.
This tool makes it easy to measure walls and door openings, add appliances and furniture, and bring projects to life with photorealistic 3D renderings. According to the website , every Live Home 3D is adapted for the touchscreen experience and the platform takes full advantage of AR.
Bottom line: Live Home 3D offers an intuitive, high-tech experience at a low price point. However, you’ll want to be realistic about how many features and add-ons you’re purchasing over-time. While the app is free, the paid upgrades can add up if you’re not careful.
- Create detailed 2D floor plans and 3D renderings
- View and present projects in AR
- AR room scanner — create a copy of a space and start designing
- Catalog with 2,100+ materials, 2,000+ 3D objects, and integration with SketchUp’s 3D warehouse.
- Automatic 3D visualization
- Terrain editing (Pro only)
- Elevation view (Pro only)
Pricing: Live Home 3D offers a free version with limited features, as well as a free trial. Paid plans start at $19.99 per feature, charged as a one-time payment.
Best for: Interior designers, architects, and contractors
Overview: SmartDraw is a web app that allows users to generate detailed 2D floor plans from any device. While it’s designed for professionals, the app is incredibly user-friendly — you can quickly generate floor plans with the exact measurements you need.
What makes SmartDraw unique is, it doesn’t just cover the design process, it also includes several productivity tools that can help you manage other aspects of the project.
That said, SmartDraw doesn’t offer much in the way of 3D rendering, modeling, or photorealistic visualizations. So, if you’re looking for something that handles more client-facing processes, you may need to look for an all-in-one tool or home design software that can integrate with this program.
For the record, SmartDraw does integrate with the Atlassian stack, Google Suite, MS Office, PowerPoint, Dropbox, and more.
Ultimately, it seems that SmartDraw is best-suited for helping builders and remodelers determine where to place elements like cabinets, windows, and appliances.
- Extensive library of “quick start” 2D floor plan templates
- Diagram-builder with templates for over 70 diagram types
- Includes over 34k symbols for a range of disciplines including: engineering, software design, floor plans, landscape design, and more
- Development platform that allows you to create diagrams and floor plans from real data
Pricing: SmartDraw offers three plans:
- Individual: $9.95 per month
- Team: Starts at $5.95 per user, per month
- Enterprise: Starts at $1 per user, per month
- 7-day free trial available
Best for: Interior designers, real estate agents, furniture brands
Overview: HomeByMe is an intuitive platform that allows users to create 2D floor plans, then furnish and customize designs in 3D — either starting from scratch or by scanning/uploading an existing floor plan. From there, you can update the layout, add and customize furniture, flooring, and light fixtures, then turn it into an HD image that brings your vision to life.
The in-app object catalog features products from real brands like Crate & Barrel, Wayfair, Pottery Barn, and CB2.
Users can also share their designs with clients, colleagues, and other stakeholders, as well as the HomeByMe community. Collaborators can comment directly on projects, making it easy to incorporate feedback and streamline the decision-making process.
While there’s a lot to love about HomeByMe — it’s easy, affordable, and the graphics look really nice — it’s not perfect. Reviewers on GetApp, G2 Crowd, and Capterra reported that, at times, the navigation was a bit clunky and people complained about bugs.
Ultimately, HomeByMe doesn’t allow you to design the entire home — it’s made for interior designers and real estate agents focused more on room design and furniture choices.
- 2D drawing and drafting
- Photorealistic HD interior designs
- Product catalog with branded products
- Collaboration and presentation tools
- Works on mobile and web
Pricing: Not provided. Some sources say HomeByMe operates on a “freemium” model, while others say there’s a flat annual rate. It’s not especially clear, so it’s worth reaching out directly for a quote.
Best for: Real estate agents, interior designers, remodelers, and contractors
Overview: RoomToDo is an interior design platform with an intuitive interface for designing and decorating homes, apartments, offices, and more.
The software includes a feature lineup similar to many of the other entries on this list. You’ll find 2D drawing tools, the ability to upload and edit blueprints, and features that allow you to add and customize windows, doors, furniture, and materials.
Unfortunately, there aren’t that many reviews out there for RoomToDo, so it’s hard to get a good sense of whether it’s a good tool for professional home designers, or if it’s better to go with more proven options. Still, it might be worth taking a chance on this affordable house design software — at most, you’ll be out $30 for a year’s worth of access.
- 2D drawing
- 3D imaging
- Presentation tools
- Reusable design templates
Pricing: Full version available for $9.99 per month, $19.99 for six months, or $29.99 for 12 months.
8. Chief Architect
Best for: Architects, interior designers, remodelers, home builders, and contractors
Overview: Chief Architect is one of the best home design software platforms for residential and commercial design — both indoor and outdoor. The platform allows you to create 2D floor plans, 3D models, and even generate a materials list as you go. The cost of this software, however, may be too much for independent contractors or small firms.
- 2D drawing and drafting
- 3D imaging
- Component library
- Landscape design
- Presentation tools
Pricing: Free trial available. Software licensing starts at $2,995. There’s also the option to rent the software for $199 per month.
9. Sweet Home 3D
Best for: Home builders, contractors, remodelers
Overview: Sweet Home 3D is an easy-to-use home design platform that’s free to download and integrates with a variety of plugins.
Sweet Home 3D comes with a drag-and-drop editor you can use to create 2D and 3D floor plans with exact dimensions — including designs with irregular wall shapes.
While this home design program doesn’t have the slickest graphics in the game (far from it) it runs fairly fast — even on older equipment — and provides a lot in terms of functionality.
At the same time, it’s important to note that Sweet Home 3D is best used to design simple structures. You might use it to plan interior remodeling projects — think knocking out a wall, remodeling a basement, or figuring out where to put new furniture.
It probably doesn’t make sense to use it for more complex projects that require more details, such as architectural symbols and accurate dimensions. Nor does it make sense for putting together client presentations — you won’t find photorealistic renders, virtual tools, collaboration features, or anything involving AR.
- Draw 2D plans from scratch or import a blueprint
- Toggle between 2D and 3D views
- Generate photorealistic images and videos (graphics feel a bit outdated)
- Annotate plans with dimensions, arrows, etc.
- Access library of 3D models — furniture, textures, plants, and other design elements
Pricing: Sweet Home 3D is free, though you will need to pay for access to additional objects and textures.
Best for: Mobile users, real estate agents, interior designers, home owners
Overview: Homestyler is a free home decorating app for iOS and Android. Users can get started by snapping a picture of their space, then testing out different wall colors, furniture, and building materials.
The application is best suited for interior decorating — not so much new builds. For instance, its key selling point is its 3D furniture library, which allows you to browse a branded selection of furniture, rugs, light fixtures, and more in a virtual space before buying them.
For real estate agents, Homestyler could be a useful tool for showing clients the “potential” of their new home — adding some “homey” touches that speak to buyers on an emotional level. Interior designers might use it as a collaboration tool for helping clients choose the right dining table, sofa, or wall color.
- 2D and 3D floor plans with accurate measurements
- Furniture library with 3D designs of real items from top brands
- HD photorealistic renderings, with panoramic views available
- Access to designs from Homestyler’s user community
Pricing: Free plan available. Paid plans range from $20-$40 per user per month.
11. Lands Design
Best for: Landscape design & architecture, green infrastructure, urban planning, forestry, CG artists
Overview: Lands Design is a BIM platform designed for landscape design, city planning, and other professions that design and build outdoor environments.
This software is something of an outlier on this list — it’s not made for home building and design projects, it’s actually a plug-in for Rhino (a 3D-modelling platform that can be used for home design projects) and an integration for AutoCAD.
For Rhino users. Lands Design can take exterior designs to the next level. The platform includes a plant database boasting 1800+ species, which can be customized according to soil type, region, climate, wind resistance, and more. The platform also includes terrain modelling tools, parametric designs, and smart objects that can be linked to 2D designs and 3D models.
- Terrain modeling tools
- Smart objects
- 2D and 3D plant database with 1,800+ species
- Parametric design
- Quotes/estimates, billing/invoicing, customer database
Pricing: Software starts at a one-time cost of $795. Expansion packs are available for $295 each. While there’s no free version, Lands Design does offer a 90-day free trial.
Which Home Design Software is Right for You?
Finding the right home design software starts with assessing your needs, experience, and budget.
As a starting point, check out some of the design tools we’ve outlined above. Many of them offer free trials or some type of free plan, so you can test them out before making any big decisions.
Cedreo’s intuitive software makes it easy for home design professionals to create and share stunning presentations in a matter of clicks.
Contact our sales team to get a custom enterprise quote or sign up for a free account and start designing for free.