HGTV Ultimate Home Design with Landscaping and Decks Version 3 - Windows

  • Publisher: Nova Development
  • SKU: 1915064
If you've dreamed of opening up your kitchen, revamping your front yard or building the most barbeque-friendly deck on the block, you know how exciting it can be to explore the possibilities your home can hold. You also know how difficult it can be to get started on a new home improvement project. Exploring ways to make the most of your home with design techniques and furnishings can be easy and affordable with HGTV Ultimate Home Design with Landscaping and Decks. Stocked with user-friendly design tools that even a do-it-yourself novice could love, plus tons of materials, furnishings, plants and more to get your creativity rolling, this software gives you a realistic look at what a design change could mean for your home — before you hire a single contractor.

Featuring the how-to tips and guidance you'd expect from the HGTV lifestyle network, this latest version of Ultimate Home Design opens you up to new ideas for remodeling rooms, building decks and perfecting your landscape. Discovering what different brand-name materials and paints will look like in your home is as easy as dragging and dropping your mouse when you import photos of your actual rooms. Choose from a wide selection of countertops, furniture, appliances and more to build a customized image of your ideal home, then view it all in a photorealistic 3D walkthrough. Take your creativity outdoors to easily build patios and more using the Deck Builder Wizard, and discover new ways to make your garden shine with a 7,500-item plant encyclopedia. You have the dreams and the visions for your home, now turn them into reality with HGTV Ultimate Home Design with Landscaping and Decks.
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
60% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (61 out of 102)

Product Details


  • Publisher: Nova Development
  • Release Date: 01/23/2011
  • Color Category: Multi
  • Model Number: 41020
  • Product Name: HGTV Ultimate Home Design with Landscaping and Decks Version 3

Features


Brainstorm, design and preview ways to transform your living space — from interior rooms to decks and landscapes

Wizard-driven interface makes it easy to design your own plans just by dragging and dropping in three easy steps

Powerful design tools give you tons of creative options for building in everything from electrical outlets to windows, cabinets, lighting, window coverings, roof placement and more

Choose from hundreds of 3D appliances, furnishings, countertops, lighting and more to create a fully customized look

Test out brand-name paints and materials, and apply them to a photo of your actual space so you can see what each will look like when they're in place

Create beautiful curb appeal with plants, flowers, trees and shrubs from an extensive 7,500-item plant encyclopedia, plus options for sidewalks, pathways, fencing, gates, barbeques and outdoor furniture

Build your ideal outdoor gathering space in virtually any size, shape or material using the automatic Deck Builder Wizard

Conduct a virtual walk-around in your new space in photorealistic 3D graphics to fully experience what it will look and feel like

Get a realistic sense of your home's location by specifying hills, valleys, slopes, plateaus, trenches and more

Enjoy how-to video tips for getting started and keeping your creativity flowing, plus vast resources for learning about green design and energy-efficient home solutions



Overall customer rating

3.3
60%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    It works ok...when it actually works

    Posted
    Mattie83

    This is a cheaply made beginners program and definitely not for a large home design. The more detail you add (i.e., roofs, colors, trim, cabinets, etc.) the slower the program gets. If your design includes a lot of detail, get a different program from a different company. I bought a Asus gaming desktop to handle the program, after I burned up the graphics card in my laptop (programs fault btw), then spent hours designing a 3000sq ft. house w/ no detail other than floors, walls, doors and windows and the program still crashed before I could even get the roof on. This is ridiculous, all that time wasted plus I can't even use all the features I paid extra for; and DO NOT expect any help from NOVA Development. You'll die of old age before they respond or answer the phone. Anyways, total waste of money, buy something else.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Actually a below zero rating but min choice is 1

    Posted
    T1278
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Unpacked the product, took three tries to get it to complete install. Documentation very complex to try to follow, so decided to try tutorials that were part of package. Could not get any of them to launch. This is on a brand new Windows laptop that more than met minimum configuration. Took package back to Best Buy and clerk said there were no returns permitted on software. Used a 3D Architect program on a PC back in 2000-2001 that was easy to use and did everything we wanted to design an addition to our home, and expected this to be at least that simple and easy to use. Couldn't even get the basic walls constructed in this one. Terrible software. Any positive reviews of this software that say it is easy to use I have to wonder who is writing them!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Awful & so is return policy

    Posted
    jtallen123
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    My husband bought this for me for my birthday (using our Best Buy card.) This program is awful, not user friendly, and styles are limited and dated. Called Best Buy 888 number (was hung up on mid sentence), then called store and was told even though this software is awful (which you can't find out till you use it), and a gift, that it cannot be returned because it was opened. Would have loved to exchange it for the ancestry Family Tree Maker instead. What a let down 2 ways (the software and the return policy.) BEST BUY AND HGTV RUINED MY BIRTHDAY (that software was my only gift) Don't think I'll be spending anymore money at best buy (and on our BB card) for a long time (sad since I just bought 3 game systems plus games there less than a month ago.)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    0 Stars if possible

    Posted
    1994Gabby2016

    I purchased this item because it was suggested by a sales associate at my local best buy. My fiancé has his own landscaping company, and we really liked the idea of having a feature that you could take photos, upload them and add landscape design ideas for our customers to see. Throughout the entire manual it says nothing about how to do this, and we've been at it for over a week straight. So we decided to give customer support a call. After waiting 40 minutes on the line we were told we had to PAY THEM 30 dollars to talk to someone about how to use the photo feature. Do not buy this if you're a landscaper.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    The program is ok, the downloads are better.

    Posted
    Remodeler
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this program to assist my remodeling the kitchen. I expected a little bit more from this program. I have nothing to compare this program to, but I thought it would be a little more intuitive to design a room. You definitely need to read the manual and go through the exercises. The included appliances and furniture, etc are ok but you can download specific products which look much better. And the downloads are free to download and use. I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to spend hours going through the exercises and reading the manual.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Nothing about this program works... don't buy

    Posted
    MNSteveR
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This product box and description sound good but that is as far as it goes. Installed and it won't update. support said don't worry you have the latest version why would you need to update? The manual is full of errors and is a 693 page waste of paper. The 10 on line support videos are just a few seconds long and the sound is so bad you don't want to watch them. I just hope the 90 day return policy works that the box and the support line told me about. I'm thinking of trying Home Designer® PROFESSIONAL http://www.homedesignersoftware.com/ that Best Buy Sells. I need something that works.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Freezing from the get-go

    Posted
    TEXscar
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Drove 40 miles round trip to purchase this software today. Got home, installed it, and it freezes at the first click. UNinstalled, REinstalled and nothing changed. Every click I make opens up a different "tutor" window and none of them will close. They just keep filling up the screen. Finally Windows tells me the program in NOT RESPONDING #like I didn't already know that#. Rebooted computer FOUR times #two times for each installation#. As far as I can see , this software is a piece of garbage. Haven't had a problem installing software since 2005 until NOW ! Been looking for help on the internet for 3 hours and can't find any at all ! OS - WIN 7

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Over Rated

    Posted
    lonewolf
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I figured since this particular drafting software was coming from a reputable TV show, it would be fairly easy to navigate. I've had it for a month now, and yet to draw my first viable floor plan. Can't Render in 3D. I had a similar software some 20 yrs ago, It was simple, I could manipulate the walls to make them appear wider, it was better than this item I have now.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend


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