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I am going to be finishing my basement. I would like to design the new basement myself using design software. What is the recommended home design software?

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See this question. Google Sketchup seems to be a good option if you don't want to pay big bucks.

Also, here's a tutorial for framing layout in Sketchup.

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+1 for Google Sketchup - it's excellent. –  teabot Aug 5 '10 at 7:06
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When I first tried Sketchup I struggled. But then I saw what other people were doing with it and I watched and walked through training videos. I'm so glad I did because I can draw things freely now. I cannot recommend this highly enough. It is an AWESOME bit of software. I liked the tutorials on this website: sketchupforwoodworkers.com They're geared toward the sort of designs I wanted to do. –  Bernhard Hofmann Aug 13 '10 at 7:50

Good roundup of tools from here: http://www.charlesandhudson.com/archives/2010/07/3d_virtual_room_planning_tools.htm

A couple that stand out, both run in your browser, and allow drag-and-drop of furniture and appliances, measurements on walls, 3D renderings, etc.

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I used 3D Home Architect several years ago. It worked well and was inexpensive. As a matter of fact, I got it to design my basement.

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There is an article (in Swedish) comparing 28 different programs for drawing houses. The summary table is straight forward even if you do not speak Swedish, and translated via google probably is ok quality to get the points made.

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I have used Home Designer Suite by Home Designer Software, the consumer version of the Chief Architect professional 3D home design software. Here is a version of a house that I created. It is not free, but for ~$99 I really like the functionality and features.

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