Home Design Essentials
Plan your project with award-winning software
Visualize Your Projects Before You Start
Do you want to tackle a home improvement project but don’t know where to start and are having a hard time picturing what you want? With Home Design Essentials for Mac, it’s easy and fun to plan your next home design or landscaping project. Visualize your remodeling or decorating projects before you start! This will save you time and money in the long run.
EASY Planning with organized design tools
The Design tools are organized on easily-accessible plan tabs, so whether you are planning a bathroom remodel, adding a room, putting in a new flowerbed or even finishing an outdoor kitchen project, all tools are available – all the time!
Create outdoor living spaces, entertaining areas, decks and landscape designs. Customize every detail of the property, including making modifications for the sun direction to plan shade
What’s New for v17.5
Plan the house of your dreams, deck, landscape or any remodel project with Punch! Essentials. Design your new spaces for outdoor living, room makeover, the perfect gourmet kitchen or even a game room. Save money by planning changes to your interior and outdoor living spaces before you invest in building materials. Fast…Easy…Powerful award-winning software helps you through every step!
Enhanced Floor Management
Now with Essentials you can create up to 6 floors. Create independent structures such as outbuildings and detached garages. When you change the elevation on one level, other connected levels will also change.
Drag and Drop 3D Objects and Plants
Now you can drag and drop 3D objects and plants while using the 3D viewpoint. Objects will automatically position themselves on the top of surfaces like countertops and tabletops. Objects placed on walls, will automatically rotate to match the surface’s angle.
New Welcome Screen
Easily create new projects, access recent projects, sample plans, and training materials. Get started quickly with QuickStart and in 60 seconds learn how to create a complete floor plan.
Endless Electrical Switches and Outlets
Choose from an extensive library of electrical switches and outlets, fully customizable using paint or other materials. Wall, floor, or ceiling mounted supply registers and return vents also now available.
QuickStart Is Even Better
Set exact dimensions in inches AND centimeters. New snap feature ensures that rooms line up quickly by snapping them together.
And Much More!
- Drawing editing improvements, add points to curved segments.
- More precise room dimensions and improved metric options.
- Enhanced decorating library, more than 500 new 3D furnishings
- Punch! Plotter Printing Service
Fast Start Up
Start with an existing floor plan or create your own dream home from the ground up; quickly and easily.
- QuickStart™ – the easiest way to start from scratch! Drag & Drop rooms make it simple to create your ideal living space. You can also toggle between floors for multi-level designs.
- Begin with a professionally-designed home plan template as inspiration.
- Floor Plan Trace lets you scan your favorite floor plan, or one you’ve sketched, and trace it.
- Use PhotoView™ to import a picture of your home and landscape around it in 3D.
Design tools are organized on easily-accessible plan tabs, so whether you are planning a bathroom remodel, adding a room, putting in a new flowerbed or even finishing an outdoor kitchen project, all tools are available – all the time!
- Extend your living space with the Room Addition tool. Add a solarium or sun room or screened in porch with the click of a mouse.
- Includes tools for building, electrical, plumbing, roofing, HVAC, decks and landscape.
- Precision Lighting Planner™ adds realism to your 3D view and helps you plan lighting inside and out.
- Custom Cabinet Assistant™ helps you create the perfect kitchen cabinetry, pantry, media center, vanity and more!
- Organize and design custom closets and garage spaces.
- Save energy and money with integrated “Building Green” design tips and objects.
- Estimator lets you track costs for room, landscape or whole home projects.
- Fast rendering – advanced rendering technology makes viewing your design changes a breeze.
Decorate the fast and easy way! You can customize your designs to suit your taste with drag and drop furniture, paint and materials. Drop in entire groups of furniture with the click of a mouse.
- With SmartWand technology you can apply building materials to a single surface or the whole house with a mouse click.
- Customize your design using a vast library of decorating and building materials from well-known manufacturers.
- Decorator Palettes let you experiment with different decorating combinations and easily switch back and forth to compare.
- Personalize your designs with sofas, chairs, tables, lighting, outdoor kitchens, patio furniture and much more.
- Enhance the design with hundreds of combinations of doors, windows and trim.
Create outdoor living spaces, entertaining areas, decks and landscape designs. Customize every detail of the property, including making modifications for the sun direction to plan shade plantings.
- Drag and drop plants from a massive library that includes thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers.
- Use the Automatic Growth tool to see how your landscape will look in a few years.
- Personalize the topography with slopes and berms.
- Add pre-made landscape gardens with a single mouse click.
Help When You Need It
- Unlike other products, Punch! provides an integrated Training Center. With Essentials 17.5 Software, you can easily access videos, written instruction and real-world tips for your design projects.
- All the tools you need! Work smarter and faster with simple tools that make designing as fun as it is powerful!
- Start designing right out of the box with the intuitive interface, assistants for cabinets, roofs, editable room & deck templates, plus the extensive drag & drop library.
- Add ambient realism with Precision Lighting Planner™.
- PhotoView™ lets you personalize your design with imported photos. Design your house inside and out.
- Includes a massive plant library along with our popular automatic growth tool, so you can plan spacing and see what your landscape will look like a few years down the road.
- Draw your design in 2D; take a 3D Hollywood-style walk through as your 2D creative changes auto-update in the 3D view.
Exciting design features:
Feature for applying materials and colors to your drawing quickly. This tool allows you to apply a material to a surface, similar surfaces in the room, or the entire house with a mouse click.
Easily import images to use for a backdrop in 3D rendering.
QuickStart 3D view
Preview your room layouts as you drag and drop rooms together to create the perfect floor plan. Users can see inside their plan and adjust the rooms before automatically building the walls and roof.
3D navigation tool. Select a room in 2D and get an instant Aerial view looking down in to the selected room or rooms. This tool will let you get an overall 3D view inside a small room for decorating and design. Perfect for working in confined spaces like bathrooms and closets.
Extend your living space with the Room Addition tool
Add a solarium or sun room, or perhaps a screened in porch with the click of a mouse. Change the shape of your room, door and window styles and roof to customize your new space.
Room Estimating for project costing
This is a new extension to the Estimating tool. Room Estimating keeps track of materials like paint, wallpaper, counter-top materials, cabinet stain and more. Each material is listed with coverage area and plumbing fixtures, cabinets and furniture will also be added to the room estimate.
for wall color, room/perimeter highlight
- Tackle your home projects with How-To tips included in the Training Center. Hundreds included from industry experts.
- Share your floor plan designs! Save your floor plan as a PDF to share with family, friends or your contractor/designer.
- Integration with Punch! Landscape Quote: Take your planting projects to the garden center to estimate. Punch! mobile Landscape Quote will import plant names and quantities from your Punch! drawing as well as mulch planting bed sizes. Just add prices as you shop at the garden center to see a real-time estimate of plant and mulch costs. The perfect tool to help you stay under budget for your small or large planting projects.
Also enjoy using these features to enhance your designs:
- Building Materials- countless combinations of drag and drop floor coverings. wall coverings, countertops, paint, siding, roofing, mulch, and much more.
- Intelligent Room Detection – Complete automation that changes when you change the size or shape of your design, including the roof!<
- Speed and Performance – Up to 26 times faster rendering speed than our competitors.
- Intelligent Cursor – Quickly snap and align objects and walls
- Photo-Realistic Cabinets, Doors, and Outdoor items – Make your designs more realistic than ever before
- Auto Roof Generation – Roofing is now generated automatically and can be easily modified
- New 3D Objects – Expanded library with stunning looks to bring your design to life
- Room Assistant™ Plan your space, input dimensions, and walls are auto-generated to create your rooms.
- Object Organizer™ Create custom categories, then move objects from library to library, so you can quickly locate your favorites or organize them the way you use them.
- DXF/DWG Import & Export Convert existing drawings to Punch! files or use the export option to share a drawing file with a friend or architect.
- Video Tutorials Watch and learn with video tutorials.
- Get the professional results you’ve come to expect from Punch! Software along with a fun, easy-to-use interface.
System Requirements for Punch Home Design Essentials:
- Operating System: Macintosh® OS X 10.6 or higher
- Memory: 512MB RAM
- Hard Disk Space: 2.5 GB Hard Disk Space
- Video Memory: 256MB