10 Best Online Tools To Help You Design Your Custom Built House

From picking a theme to choosing a layout, and even down to what flooring and paint each room will have, designing and planning your custom house can be overwhelming. L. Patten and Sons specialize in making that process an enjoyable one with support every step of the way. However, if you’re a self-starter and want to try and explore some ideas on your own, there are a lot of amazing online tools out there to help you design your custom built house. If you’re looking for a hands-on custom builder, where you can be part of the process, contact L. Patten today. If you’re looking to play architect or interior designer, and get some great ideas for your home, look no further! 


10 Best Online Tools To Help You Design Your Custom Built House

1. Floor Planner

FloorPlanner.com is an online modelling website tool, that offers both 2D and 3D views. It’s free if you want to just save one project at a time, or you can go pro with a premium account for access to more features/multiple projects. While objects like furniture, doors and other design elements are somewhat limited, you can specify dimensions for each object and get a feel for how furniture will fit and look in certain spaces. 

 Source:  FloorPlanner.com

 Source: FloorPlanner.com

2. The Designed Exterior

Along with the indoors, often people want to get a visual of the outside design of a home when dreaming up plans. The Designed Exterior by Ply Gem lets you take your design desires outdoors.  With a wide variety of exterior components, materials, and colours to choose from, this tool gives you a template for testing out different front elevations. Whether you just need to decide on exterior colours or you're looking to design the outside of a house from scratch, it will assist you in creating loads of curb appeal.

3. Arrange-a-Room by Better Homes and Gardens

If you’re looking for a more basic program to figure out furniture layouts, Arrange-a-Room is just that.  This tool allows you to add room dimensions and certain shaped/ sized furniture to a space and it is very simple to use.  Better Homes and Gardens' online user registration is required but the tool is free. You can either choose a room shape or customize your own, then add and arrange furniture. Avoid purchasing oversized furniture by using a tool like this. 

4. Colorjive

Have you ever fallen in love with a colour at the paint store, then get it on your wall and realize it’s all wrong? Worst of all is when you don’t realize the colour is wrong until the whole room is painted. Whether you’re doing a renovation or a new build, use pictures of your current home or the rooms without the finishes or paint in a new build to try out different colours on different walls. 

Source:  Colorjive

Source: Colorjive

5. Shaw’s Try On a Floor

Having trouble visualizing how various flooring options would look in your home? Whether you’re in a renovation or new build, much like Colorjive, upload your own photo and “try on” any flooring that is offered in the software, including carpet, ceramic, hardwood, and linoleum. It’s entirely web-based and free.

6. Autodesk Homestyler

Autodesk Homestyler is a free online tool that offers both 2D and 3D modelling so you can custom-create an interior and then decorate it with brand-name products from FLOR, Sherwin-Williams, Kohler, Dupont, and more. This program has been said to be easy-to-use with great detail, given that you can choose specific furniture items you may have in mind for your home.

7. Room Sketcher

If you’re looking for an easy-to-use tool that lets you build and design floorplans and rooms from scratch, you’ll like Room Sketcher. This program allows you to create floorplans, rooms designs, and more in both 2D and 3D. Whether you’re looking to build your room, arrange furniture and details, or add paint, this tool will help you. 

Source:  Room Sketcher

Source: Room Sketcher

8. Sweet Home 3D

If you’re a self-proclaimed “wanna-be” interior designer, you should look into downloading Sweet Home 3D. Like other digital design tools on this list, it offers both 2D and 3D views of the space you’re designing and a host of objects that can be dragged and dropped into the room to help you explore layouts, furniture placement, and even floor plans. It’s known for being easy to use and very detailed. 

Source:  Sweet Home 3D

Source: Sweet Home 3D

9. Live Interior 3D

Design enthusiasts will love the realistic look of Live Interior 3D, home design software designed exclusively for use on a Mac. The program comes in both standard ($49.95) and pro ($129.95) versions, with the pro introducing the ability to edit 3D objects directly within the program. Homeowners can get a very accurate sense of how their renovations or new build will look with an extensive database of objects and materials and the ability to customize the smallest details, including lighting, within a room. Perhaps the coolest feature is the ability to “walk through” your design in 3D.

Source:  Live Interior 3D

10. Roomstyler 3D Home Planner

If you want to upload your own floor plan, or play around with preloaded floor plans, this program is for you. This program allows you to insert walls, doors, and windows and select from a gallery of interior finishes. The program is simple to use, and allows you to view your plan and 3D image at the same time. 

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If you are designing your home, have questions, or are ready to work with a custom builder, ensure you get the best service and experience with L. Patten & Sons. We deliver a specialized experience with a hands-on process. From initial discussions, to design, to final touches - you can count on us for open communication throughout the whole process, with only the finest quality work. We're so focused on your satisfaction that you can even expect a call back from us to ensure everything is in tip-top shape. We don't just build a big property, we focus on the small details that you'll appreciate for decades to come. Contact us today to set up your consultation.

"Choosing L. Patten and Sons last October 2011 was the best decision we made when we built our home in Blue Mountains. Both Kristine and Jerry made our building experience exciting, smooth sailing, on budget and fun! (Yes – fun!)" - Liz & Ralph 

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Please note that with the various design tools listed here not all designs may align with the Ontario Building Code. Talk to your builder for more information.