This branch of the O’Briens are condo dwellers. What we want is a home and a backyard and a garage (that we don’t have to hike to), so we’re looking at neighborhoods, and assuming we win the next lottery, we’re also looking at house designs (as in, ‘build your own’). Regardless of which house we choose, we’ve decided to plan ahead and figure out where furniture would go in advance. The House Design app creates interior designs right on your Mac.
Sketch out each room’s dimensions and then drop in furniture pieces arranged to fit.
It works pretty well and the user interface is completely self explanatory. It comes with over 300 furniture items and materials (wood floors, tile floors, etc.) which are easily used in the 2D layout.
There are two basic problems I’ve encountered. Rooms are not easily moved within the layout (manual resizing, though), and there’s no demo mode or lite version to try first.
My threshold for trying an app from the Mac App Store with a price tag is about $2.99, unless the reviews are ecstatic and multiple in nature. House Design far exceeds that amount, and there’s no lite or free version, not a word about the app on the developer’s website (no screenshots, no video of how to use the app– nothing).
It’ll work, of course, and it’s better than scratching out room layouts on a legal pad in pencil, but hard earned money needs more features.