Deck Design Software & Material List

by Corey
(Innisfail, AB, Canada)

We are looking to build a deck similar to the project #2, hot tub decks. Our deck will be raised to the height of our patio doors which would be around 42". Is there a deck design program that you recommend that can help us design the deck and will also include the material list needed for the project?

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Mar 30, 2008
Design Software with Material List
by: Rich Bergman - Editor

There are quite a few different deck design and landscape/home design software applications available that are very affordable for the average homeowner.

If you check out the summary of some of the most popular products at you will see what's available.

They all offer a material list function.

However from what my visitors tell me, the most popular of them all is the mid range product by Punch Software. Its in the $50 - $70 range but is user friendly, intuitive and has a ton of bells and whistles.

Some of the really low end products are less user friendly and a bit clunky. So you do get what you pay for. But there is no reason to have to pay hundreds of dollars for something you may only use once.

Also, you want a software that is intuitive and easy to use. Especially if you are only building a deck once. But with the better programs you can also use them for your entire landscaping of the backyard and more.

Hope that helps. If any other visitor has an experience with some of the other software please share your thoughts so that others are helped out.

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