Bring Your Dreams to Life!

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DESIGN YOUR SPACE EASILY

Use powerful building wizards to create a new kitchen, bathroom, deck or entire home. Pick new colors, materials, furniture and room layouts on the fly to try out endless possibilities. Home design software that is easy to use and fun!

LEAVE NOTHING TO CHANCE

Get a complete view of what your design will look like: create stunning photo realistic images or immerse yourself in a VR environment! This state of the art home design software lets you visualize your designs with real shadows, reflections, seasons and times of day. See our gallery for examples.

VR!

Virtually walk through the model using Oculus Rift™ or the HTC Vive™ to immerse yourself in the space or share your ideas with friends by uploading your model to the free Envisioneer VR app for virtual tours! This innovative tool is the ultimate home design software.

Home Design

“Before purchasing, I was concerned about having to learn all over again but was pleased with how simple it is to use.”

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Once the shell is in place you can drop in just about anything – cabinets, plumbing, lighting, furniture, landscaping, and more. Switch to a 3D view at any time to see what you are creating and get a true feel for the space. When it’s time to customize and personalize, apply paint, fabric and finishes to elements with the click of a button. Why waste time trying to learn complicated design software? Personal Architect’s simple, user-friendly interface lets you get started right away. No design experience? No problem. All you need is a computer, a mouse, and an idea!

Interior Design

Easy 3D Visualization

Instantly flip to 3D views to see how the room looks and play around with different design ideas. Move furniture, change wall layouts until you have the home design of your dreams! See the gallery for examples.

Innovative Home Design Tool

Not sure which color to use? Use the Materials Paintbrush to apply different finishes to elements with a simple mouse click. The catalog is full of materials or use material swatches you find on the internet or from pictures you take. The possibilities are endless! See the BIM Catalogs for additional content.

Fast & Fun

For anyone who ever wanted to create, redesign, remodel or redecorate, Personal Architect is the perfect software tool for interiors or exterior projects. Render at different times of day to see the effect of the sun! See the gallery for examples.

Kitchen Design

Designing Your Dream Kitchen is as Easy as 1-2-3

Time to bring your kitchen up to date with some new colors or finishes? Or do you have a totally new space in mind? Whether your project is big or small, Personal Architect home design software has all the tools and materials you need to create the kitchen of your dreams. Let the Kitchen Builder Wizard create a complete kitchen layout for you in seconds, or simply ‘point and click’ to place individual cabinets, sinks, appliances, furniture, lighting and accessories in your plan. Switch to 3D instantly to play around with different finishes and watch your dream come to life!

  • Kitchen Builder Wizard Simply click through a few screens and choose the shape, appliance layout and cabinet style you want, then ‘click and drag’ to stretch the kitchen layout to the desired size. What could be easier? You can then move, add, delete, resize and refinish individual elements for a truly customized look.
  • Cabinets Click to insert base, upper, island and pantry cabinets that automatically snap to walls and other cabinets. Customize a cabinet’s size, style, finish and hardware to suit your needs.
  • Countertops Choose from granite, marble, concrete, tile, laminate, and more!
  • Sinks & Faucets Choose from a variety of sink and faucet styles, or create your own.
  • Appliances Insert refrigerators, ranges, cooktops, built-in ovens, range hoods, dishwashers, microwaves, toasters, and more.
  • Flooring Insert or update a floor in your choice of hardwood, laminate, ceramic tiles, marble, slate, and more.
  • Lighting Illuminate your kitchen with a variety of light fixtures including pendant, recessed and track lights, ceiling fans, solar tubes and under-cabinet lighting.
  • Custom Finishes Use the Materials Paintbrush to apply paint, fabric and finishes to your kitchen elements with a single mouse click. Choose from hundreds of different finishes.
  • 3D Visualization See what your kitchen will look like with the design choices you’ve made. View from different angles, walk around the room, create stunning renderings – even immerse yourself in a virtual reality tour!

Bath Design

Update or Design Any Bathroom with a Few Clicks

Is your bathroom a prime candidate for the Ugliest Bathroom Contest? Want to incorporate the latest trends in bathroom design? Whether you’re gutting the whole thing or doing a quick refresh, Personal Architect makes it easy to create a beautiful and functional bathroom space. Let the Bathroom Builder Wizard lay out something for you instantly, or ‘point and click’ to place vanities, tubs, showers, sinks, toilets, fixtures and accessories in your plan. Switch to 3D instantly to play around with different finishes and watch your dream bathroom become reality.

  • Bathroom Builder Wizard Simply click through a few screens and choose the overall style, layout and cabinet finish you want, then ‘click and drag’ to stretch the bathroom layout to the desired size. Voilà! You can then move, add, delete, resize and refinish individual elements for a truly customized look.
  • Cabinets Click to insert a variety of bathroom vanities and wall cabinets that automatically snap to walls. Customize a cabinet’s size, style, finish and hardware to suit your needs.
  • Countertops Choose from granite, marble, concrete, tile, laminate, and more!
  • Sinks & Faucets Choose from a variety of sink and faucet styles, or create your own.
  • Flooring Insert or update a floor in your choice of hardwood, laminate, ceramic tiles, marble, slate, and more.
  • Lighting Create the right look with pot lights, wall lights, sconces, vanity bars, and more.
  • Custom Finishes Use the Materials Paintbrush to apply paint, fabric and finishes with a single mouse click. Choose from hundreds of different finishes or bring in your own!
  • 3D Visualization See what your bathroom will look like with the design choices you’ve made. View from different angles, walk around the room, create stunning renderings – even immerse yourself in a virtual reality tour!

Landscape Design

Create the Outdoor Space You’ve Always Wanted

Personal Architect makes it so easy to add beauty and function to the exterior of your home. Point and click’ to insert decks, patios, pools, hot tubs, gazebos, pathways, lighting, and more. Create garden areas in any size and shape and have fun filling them with a variety of different plants, trees and shrubs. Design in 2D or 3D and easily turn a plain yard into a personal oasis where you can eat, play and relax!

Decks and Patios

Have the handy Deck Builder Wizard build a deck or patio for you instantly, or ‘point and click’ to create a custom shape and style. Snap on a set of stairs that auto-extend to the terrain or another level.

Sheds and Gazebos

Insert a variety of pre-made sheds, gazebos, screened rooms, and more or use the clever Shed Builder Wizard to build a complete shed for you instantly!

Gardens & Ponds

Easily create garden beds and become a virtual gardener as you add trees, shrubs, plants, edging or retaining walls to your plan. Add a great water feature by drawing a pond in any shape and size.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Personal Architect?
Personal Architect is a home design software program created to design and visualize your home exteriors, interiors and landscaping using a virtual Building Information Model (BIM). This easy to use software is used to create new structures, remodel interiors and landscape your property in complete vivid 3D.
What is BIM?
BIM stands for Building Information Modeling. It is the approach to design that uses an intelligent 3D model for the design, development and exchange of intelligent digital information for buildings and it is transforming the way the construction industry uses and communicates with each other.
What if I need to do working drawings and estimating, is there an upgraded version I can use?
Yes, Personal Architect is the “little brother” of Envisioneer products. Our ProArchitect version is the next step up that gets you full working drawing capabilities. If you need estimating too, then Building Essentials is a good match for your needs. The best part – they all have the same core technology so your projects can be opened in any of the products. For a comparison of all of the Cadsoft products and their capabilities, review our comparison chart.
What are the computer system requirements?

MICROSOFT WINDOWS

In order to run the program, your system should meet the following requirements:

  • Windows 10 / 8 / 7
  • 64 bit operating system
  • 2.0 GHz or faster processor
  • 8 GB RAM (4 GB minimum)
  • 10 GB available hard disk space minimum
  • 2 GB dedicated video card (1 GB minimum)**
  • Internet connection for online features
  • Internet browser to view online help***

Note: Your user account should be set to Computer Administrator (not Limited) to install the program. *System Configuration: May require minor adjustments to the configuration of your operating system and /or updates to the hardware component drivers. **Additional system and video memory will improve speed and 3D RealView™ rendering capabilities. ***User is responsible for all Internet access fees and phone charges.

Additional VR Requirements

If you are using Envisioneer in conjunction with VR, you will have the additional hardware requirements below based on the system that you use. HTC Vive

  • Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 or better
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 4590 or AMD FX 8350 or greater
  • RAM: 4GB or more
  • Video port: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, or better
  • USB port: 1 USB 2.0 or faster port
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer

See HTC Vive website documentation for performance tests and updates as available. Oculus Rift

  • Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 or better
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 4590 or greater
  • RAM: 8GB or more
  • Video port: HDMI 1.3
  • USB port: 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer

See Oculus website documentation for performance tests and updates as available.

MAC OS X

Note: Cadsoft products DON’T run natively in the Macintosh environment, but you can use one of the following options to run Windows:

Boot Camp Option

  • Requires Boot Camp
  • Mac Book Pro or Mac Pro running Leopard OS or newer with Microsoft Windows 10, 8 or 7 running on Boot Camp
  • 8 GB RAM (4 GB minimum)
  • 10 GB available hard disk space minimum
  • Internet browser such as Internet Explorer to view the online help
  • Internet connection for online features***

Virtual Machine Option

  • Requires VMware Fusion or Parallels (separate purchase of either required)
  • Fusion or Parallels minimum system requirements
  • Minimum requirements for the virtual machine (i.e. Windows) will be exactly the same as the Boot Camp Option requirements above.
  • Note: of the Virtual Machine options. Fusion is recommended by Cadsoft as it provides better rendering performance. However, both options will experience a performance decrease compared to Boot Camp.

Where can I get more 3D content and materials for my designs?
Cadsoft is always adding new materials and 3D content for you to enrich your Personal Architect models.   Visit http://www.cadsoft.com/bim-catalogs/ for additional catalog content.
Where can I get help when I need it?
Cadsoft offers a community where you can post your questions and get help from industry experts all over the world. Visit http://www.cadsoft.com/community-posts/ to register.
Can Personal Architect create high quality renderings?
Yes, Personal Architect uses high quality rendering technology that uses actual light sources to create shades and shadows. You can even specify your location on the earth, time of day and see how the sun will cast shadows on your home and property.
How can I print my designs?
Personal Architect can print in different scales to any size depending on the printing device being used. We can print to any printer that uses a Windows® driver whether connected to the computer or directly or through a network.