Looking for a free, easy-to-use software to design your tiny house? Look no further, because one of these three freeware blueprint design programs is sure to be ideal for you.
All of these software packages will allow you to use an easy click-and-drop interface to design a blueprint to scale, take a virtual tour of a 3D model, and print out everything you’ll need to build from yourself, or give to a contractor to put together for you. To check out any of these software options, just click the blue hyperlink for the one you want to see.
First on the list is a popular 3D model design program, called Sweet Home 3D. It has a bit of a learning curve, like any software application, but it’s much easier to use than Google Sketchup or another free tool along those lines. It includes all the editing features you expect, allowing you to customize your color palette, etc. It’s available for Windows, MAC and LINUX users as well, and the company has an excellent tutorial video posted to teach you the basics.
Developed for putting together 3D models of all kinds, this software lends itself well to designing a tiny house – particularly if you have an avant-garde scheme in mind. It also comes with preloaded models you can add, such as solar panels, artistically designed features like unusually shaped windows and the like, and is available to both Windows and MAC users.
Last, but not least, HomeByMe is a good option for folks who just want a basic, 2D style blueprint, (though it has 3D viewing capability as well). The interface is very simple and user friendly, if a little lacking in some of the flexibility of the prior options. The tradeoff is a program that anyone can pick up and use competently within minutes, without having to invest a lot of time in learning how to use the software just to get what they’re looking for out of it. As a bonus, the company has an online version where other users have uploaded their design ideas, in case you want to do a little brainstorming before you get started on your own design. (Of course, you can upload and share your own design, if you want to.)
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