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Video:Best Free Kitchen Design Software

with Juliana

Kitchen design software doesn't have to be a part of the expenses for your renovation project. Check out several options for free kitchen design programs to help get your project started.See Transcript

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Transcript:Best Free Kitchen Design Software

Renovating your kitchen can be a pricy endeavor. Good thing that you don't even have to spend a single nickel to get your hands on potent kitchen design software. I am Juliana for About.com and I am going to show you the best free kitchen design software.

Free Design Software has Pros and Cons

This free online resource works in your browser and allows you to choose from a broad selection of floor plans, furniture elements, and flooring. It also includes all elements you need to model the kitchen of your dreams. Homestyler's high usability makes it is very easy to understand how to use its tools and functions. In fact, you can plan your project within a couple of minutes. Simply choose a floor plan, add walls, doors, windows, and other needed elements. Then choose your desired kitchen furniture to see if it builds up to a good-looking style.You can even place a cook book on the counter top.

Considering the fact, that you don't have pay to use Homestyler, it delivers an acceptable quality of graphics and images in both 2D and 3D. However, payed software offers a notable higher degree of quality and functionality. For example, you will not find a walk-through option in Homestyler's range of function.

Some Design Software Does Not Require Installation

If you don't want to install a program on your computer, the Kitchen Design Applet by Smartpack might be a good alternative for you. The Kitchen Design Applet offers almost as many features as Homestyler and comes with a similar usability. It is slightly more difficult to use but offers acceptable results.

Design Software Can Be Upgraded With a Fee

Google SketchUp is a free download that is suitable for most home design projects. If you want more, you can purchase an expanded version of the software for $495. The free download version is an easy but basic 3D design tool for creating form in space. The 3D functions are quite advanced and pretty powerful for a free program. It does require a basic understanding of designing 3D models to use this software in an efficient fashion. However, even beginners will be able to create simple projects within a couple of hours of learning and testing.Its broad functionality is also its drawback. In Google SketchUp you literally have to start your kitchen project from scratch. It might take a couple of days to produce more detailed and advanced models of the kitchen of your desire. You can save time by using one of the many pre-built kitchen designs that are downloadable at Google's 3D Warehouse.

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