Affordable, Powerful Deck Design Software

What's the best software package for designing your deck or patio?

In my opinion, for builders or DIYers, you will get the best bang for your buck - by far - with the Punch Deck, Home and Landscape offerings.

But let me first review and point you to some great free tools that may help you and work just fine for your needs.

There has been a proliferation of FREE design tools

Recently there have been a number of software tools that are free to use.  Here are just a few:

  • BigHammer
  • Lowes
  • Better Homes & Gardens

Great For DIYers In Early Planning Stages

So if you are a DIYer and just want to get some ideas going and you are not at the stage of getting down to actual construction details, your best bet is probably to play around with some of these.  They will help you get your concepts clear.

FREE is pretty affordable...

Go play around with some of the free applications and you will find there are limitations.  Maybe you will never need more.  Fine.  You are taken care of.

FREE PROGRAMS

PROGRAMS Azek Deck Designer Lowes Deck Designer Home Depot Deck Designer TREX Deck Designer
Available Ipad Desktop Version Download and Install application Desktop Version
Description Help to create a 3D layout outdoor deck with 140+ products that can be chosen from using AZEK and TimberTech’s lighting, railings, decking, accessories. Start from scratch or with default decks. Continue designing the dream deck with deck dimensions, railings, stairs, accessories etc. Designing the dream deck with deck dimensions, railings, stairs, accessories etc. Easy to access. Start from scratch or with default decks. Continue designing the dream deck with deck dimensions, railings, stairs, TREX materials and finishes.
Feature
  • Create the snapshot(allows to attach your own photo)
  • Provide designed templates and show in an augmented reality state
  • Provide Product List and quotation
  • Provide designed templates and shop by look or shop by category
  • Provide Product List and quotation
  • Provide over 70 templates
  • Provide Product List and quotation
  • Section for ordering sample boards
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    Azek Deck Designer




    Lowes Deck Designer




    Home Depot Do-It-Yourself Deck Designer

    Source: The Home Depot 


    TREX Deck Designer




    So why even bother looking at anything else that costs more?

    Well, maybe you are a DIYer with bigger ambition or a Builder on a budget,  If so, you will appreciate a tool that can do more.  Like detailed drawings, amazing 3d renderings and on it goes.

    There are some very powerful tools available and they can can do some impressive things. Here is a good one:

    • DeckTools

    But unless you are a professional building decks frequently I don't think you will use it often enough to learn and remember how to use it. So you aren't likely to ever get the true value and power out of them.

    PAID PROGRAMS

    PROGRAMS Punch! Landscaping Design Idea Spectrum Home Designer Landscaping Software by Chief Architect SketchUp and Sketchup Pro
    Plan From $49.99 From $99.95 From $129 - $595 From $299
    Tech Spec This software requires 1GB of RAM and 3GB of haard disk space. Internet service is required to use the program. System Requirements: Microsoft Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10 with the latest Microsoft service packs; 1 GHz CPU (2 GHz or more recommended); 1 GB System Memory (2 GB or more recommended); 30 GB available hard disk space; DirectX 11-compatible Video Card with 512 MB Video Memory (1 GB or more recommended) Require a PC or Mac with at least 4GB of memory and 5 GB of available hard disk space as well as internet access. Sketchup Pro has even more features and even a free trial version of that. Pro can be used on Windows or MAC operating systems. Pro requires 3D class video graphics by NVDIA or AMD, they do not recommend Intel based graphics just yet but are working to include that.
    Description Design beautiful outdoor living spaces with the best landscape design software! Punch! Home & Landscape Design Essentials Version 21! provides a complete set of tools to plan, design, and visualize your outdoor spaces. Design your landscaping with drop-in landscaping, or create your own with the extensive plant library. Realtime Landscaping Plus provides a comprehensive set of tools for designing and visualizing your landscape. Easily add houses, deck, fences, paths, walkways, grass, cement, edging, beauty bark, patios, retaining walls, and more. Utilizing the latest advances in 3D graphics technology, you can now experience your landscaping ideas with realistic lighting, shadows, wind, and other effects, all in real-time." Chief Architect is one of the leading developers and publishers of 3D Architectural home design, and have also developed a software for landscape design that is just as up to par. This is often used by architects, interior designers, landscape designer and home designers, even DIYers. Sketchup is commonly used in educational and professional settings. Sketchup is available in a free version and a pro (paid) version. The free version is available in a web browser. This will allow the user to draw, push and pull extrusions, orbit the screen and add colors and objects. The free version is available at app.sketchup.com where you can immediately start sketching.
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    Punch! Landscaping Design

    Source: Punch! Software 


    Idea Spectrum

    Source: Idea Spectrum


    Home Designer Landscaping Software by Chief Architect

    Source: Home Designer Landscaping Software by Chief Architect


    SketchUp and Sketchup Pro

    Source: SketchUp and Sketchup Pro


    Just going to use it once?

    Lot's of people fall into this category like a DIYer who has bigger ambitions and needs more that what the free programs will do. If that's the case you will want:

    • Short learning curve
    • Lot's of functionality
    • Low cost

    Then Here is your best bet...

    Punch Landscape, DeSIGN ESSENTIALS v21

    Easy To Learn - Affordable & Powerful!

    So if the free stuff is not giving  you what you need and you only plan on using it once and you want lots of power the Punch offering is most certainly what will fill your needs.

    And only $49.99?

    It does so many things you would think you had bought a top of the line deck construction software.

    • Amazing renderings
    • Use QuickStart to create a plan with drag and drop
    • Photoview uses your own pictures for real views.

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