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Build or decorate your dream home with this app

Build or decorate your dream home with this app

Anyone who owns a home understands that it is never actually finished, whether you build it from the ground up or buy an older home. There is always some project to work on, be it a remodeling of a kitchen or bathroom or maybe a simple redecoration.

Unfortunately, since most of us are not architects or designers, putting a plan together can be tricky. It doesn't have to be.

Live Home 3D

Live Home 3D is an app that will help you design your project, be it big or small.

It lets you start from the ground up with 2D floor plans built into a 3D structure. You design, decorate and move furniture around in order to get the exact look you seek.

There are two different versions available -- Live Home 3D and Live Home 3D Pro -- with the former being free and the latter being a bit newer and offering more in the way of features, but for a price. Live 3D Home and Live Home 3D Pro are available for Mac, too, but each comes at a cost.

Both the free and paid versions are worth looking into, and these videos will go a long way toward explaining what each has to offer.

Live Home 3D:

Live Home 3D Pro:

What does the free version have that's useful to you?

    1. Explore your design with detailed floor plans and 3D rendering that will give you a real look at what you have created.
    2. Get specific with more than 2,100 materials and 1,500 objects you can place into your structure. Various couches, chairs, kitchen sets, appliances, doors and windows -- as well as most anything else you can think of -- can be placed into your design.
    3. Save your progress as you go along so that you can pick up where you left off when you get a chance.
    4. Share your work by exporting 3D views, creating a 360-degree panorama or by rendering a realistic video walk-through.

A living room:

A bathroom:

House models to work with:

We love that these are easy to use and allow you to get pretty creative with home design, even for those thinking outside the box! And it's so much better to see what you do and don't like - virtually, rather than spending big bucks to have something done that you ultimately hate.

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