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I'm interested in purchasing the Pro version of Home Designer. I am a residential contractor that mostly does remodels and additions. I would like to use this software to help me out with getting plans for permits and save me some time instead of hand drawing them. For any bigger projects I would still use a drafter or architect. I have messed around with the trial version of the software for the last few weeks but I just want to be sure that it has everything I need before I purchase it. 

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There are some limitations, and as long as you can work around them, Pro should do the job.

 

I'd suggest you do a typical job, start to finish, to see how it works.

 

None of the Chief Architect/Home Designer products handle remodels well. The software is designed for all new construction, not additions or remodels.

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4 hours ago, solver said:

None of the Chief Architect/Home Designer products handle remodels well. The software is designed for all new construction, not additions or remodels.

 

I do not agree with the above statement. I started doing exclusively remodel projects back in 1994 and later branched out to custom home and lite commercial projects using this software.

 

Lots of remodeling firms use Home Designer Pro exclusively and yes there are some limitations built into software that only costs slightly under $500.00 that you do not have in Chief Architect Premier but by the same token Pro is a lot easier to learn for beginners than Chief Premier (there is less one has to learn in Pro versus Premier). As a casual user you are only limited by your imagination, creativity and your intent to graphically communicate using it.  

 

You must be willing to be honest with yourself and  your intentions as to how expert you become using the software. The software by itself draws and knows NOTHING.  You must supply the competence and guidance to lead the software to a desired result. This is done only by YOU based wholly upon your willingness to study, practice and create your own competence using the software. Are you willing to do this? Yes or no. Only you can make this determination for you.

 

DJP

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Thank you, I have never used a home design program before and I want to test one out before committing to Chief architect later on. 

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Pro is a good test. Many of the tools are the same.

 

The biggest difference is the ease in which you create construction documents. Chief has better CAD tools, and many items that make drawing easier. 

 

However, as I mentioned above, they are geared towards new construction where you are designing, and are less helpful when doing an as built.

 

I made the mistake of trialing Chief before Home Designer, so I knew what I was missing, and upgraded.

 

Post here with questions as you are getting started.

 

Here is a tip. You cannot save you work with the trial, so instead of shutting your system down, Sleep, or Hibernate it. This saves the state of the system and allows you to resume working where you were.

 

And here is what I post for all newcomers.

 

 

 

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It helps if we know what title (Suite, Pro etc) and version (2014, 2015 etc) you are using. You can add this info to your signature by clicking on your user name at the top right of the page, click Account Settings, then Signature on the left. Doing so makes it always available, and this info is often key to providing a good suggestion

 

Resources for self help:

 

The built in Help System (always a good place to start)

 

 

 

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