July 20th, 2016
The Best of Deck Design Software Programs
As custom deck builders in NJ, we at Decks by Ziec have many design options for people who are considering adding a deck to their home. We have a gallery of decks of all configurations and many satisfied customers who have come to see the value in our years of experience building quality decks. However, some of our customers come to us with specific deck designs of their own. These people come to know that whether they choose a design from our portfolio of decks, or whether they choose their own design we will service them fully. But how does a person go about designing his or her dream deck? There are numerous software programs online that help homeowners with this task. For homeowners who are particular and who wish to participate fully in the design of their deck, there are these free and paid software programs that can help.
Home Depot’s Big Hammer: This design software – which is only available for Windows – helps users design and create deck plans in minutes. Big Hammer also lets users choose from a large variety of professionally design templates. The software is free.
Better Homes and Gardens Design-a-Deck: With this free program you can layout, stain color, stairs, railings, accessories, and more. (Registration on BHG’s site is mandatory.)
SketchUp Pro: With this design software you can create 3D designs of buildings, rooms, decks, landscape etc. The cost of the professional version is $695. A free version called SketchUp Make is also available.
SmartDraw: This Windows based software cost $197 and includes floor plans and landscape plans as well as templates that can be altered to aid the user in building the perfect deck.
3D Decks for Everyone 2.0: This program is only $30 and includes 30 of the most popular deck designs. It also allows you to modify those designs with a variety of editing tools. You can also plug in numbers for depth, height and width and the program will generate a 3D deck to your liking.
One of the most exciting things for homeowners who are considering adding a deck to their home is being able to watch the deck from inception to a finished product. With these software programs and many other you can give a DIY touch to the design phase of your deck and when it comes to building the deck you can rely on Decks by Ziec’s many years of experience serving customers.