When I was a teenager I used to be addicted to the computer game the SIMS. My best friend and I would visit each other's houses and literally watch each other play the SIMS, which sounds quite odd now I think back on it.
When I got a bit older and my interests changed from playing computer games to staying out too late at parties I passed my copy down to my younger siblings. I'd often find on my return from uni that i'd be strangely drawn to the game again, I'd build these fantastic houses, furnish them and then get bored. It was then I realised that I had no interested in playing out the lives of the characters in the computer game but simply for the architecture and interior design aspect of it.
I got that same buzz from designing a home on RoomSketcher, and with it a flash of nostalgia for my youth funny enough.
RoomSketcher is designed for both the every day person and the interior designer. The program is immediately easy to work out and user friendly. The professional can create floor plans and visuals for potential clients but you or I can use it in the same way to redesign a room or plan home renovation. The above picture is from my play around and mimicking our living room, we are planning on adding elements like french doors in the future so it was fun to plan out our 'dream living space' so to speak.
Being a big fan of interior design I was really impressed with the detailing on the program. There is a huge amount of variety when it comes to picking furniture and other detailing like kitchen accessories which really adds to the package as a home.
(above image is a screen shot of the 3D walk you can take around your designed home)
I think this would be a great little program to use when organising a re-design like re-doing a kitchen (in fact we attempted to use similar floor planners when we did ours that really didn't compare). Or even to use to visualise what something simple like painting a wall might look like. You can view your creation in 3D which really helps to give you a feel of how it would transfer to real life.
Once you have made your design in the free Home Designer version, then it is easily upgrade to RoomSketcher VIP (£30) for high resolution 3D Photos and 3D Walk - which really helps to give you a feel of how it would transfer to real life. There's even a professional version for designers - RoomSketcher Pro (£60) with even more great features.
In association with RoomSketcher