I have completed on our new house purchase, and I’m so eager to get started with the overhaul it requires, it is driving me nuts! That doesn’t mean I’ve been resting on my laurels, oh no! I have been using RoomSketcher to draw up my new floor plan design and try out some décor ideas.
You see the house I’m buying is a bit of a ‘do’er up’er’! I want to knock down walls, extend and convert the garage, not to mention the total redecoration I have planned. Although I have all these ideas in my head, sometimes it is nice to see them on paper, or even better, on screen.
RoomSketcher is an on-line tool which lets you draw up floor plans, play with décor and visualise your project in 3D or high definition. Different features are available depending on which package you sign up for. You can get started straight away for free and draw up plans and visualise them in 3D. However, if you want a RoomSketcher VIP package, like I have been using, that will allow you access to more features, such as taking pictures in high definition.
Here are the plans for the house I am buying. It was so easy to draw these up using RoomSketcher. I just had to click and drag the lines to where I wanted them, and the measurements automatically appear as the line extends. As you can see it is a bit of an unconventional shape, and it is missing a few elements which I really want, such as a utility room and a fourth bedroom.
I was able to easily adapt the original plans, to find a layout which would work for what I wanted. Here is my final design, which gives me everything I would realistically like in my new home.
Of course getting the footprint is only one aspect of design. It is also important to think about how a room functions once you are living in it. Where will the furniture go? Will it be intrusive? Will it look sparse?
Again RoomSketcher has some great design tools to help with these considerations. You can add furniture, and unlike other programmes I have tried, you can scale the furniture to the exact size of your own pieces. Of course, the finer details are also important and RoomSketcher allows for that. You can add wall coverings, different flooring, and little nik naks throughout your rooms. Even some items from well known retailers can be selected!
I found this of particular use when designing my Master bedroom. I was undecided on whether to have one large room, or split the room to contain a separate dressing area. After designing it both ways I choose the separate dressing area. What do you think? Looks pretty good to me!
I have posted two photographs here to show you the difference between the images which can be taken using the free version of RoomSketcher, or the high definition pictures which can be created in the VIP package.
Pricing works on a credit system. When you sign up for a $49 VIP package your account will be given 20 credits. You can then use these credits to purchase additional features, such as generating floor plans in 3D (2 credits) and taking high definition pictures (1 credit). I found it quite difficult to understand the credit system, and which features were available to me on the VIP package. I also found it was quite easy to accidently spend a credit, and I think it would be beneficial if a little pop-up asked for confirmation before fulfilling the request. The support staff at RoomSketcher are very helpful though, and I am assured they would reimburse any credits used in error. That aside, I soon got the hang of it, and I have to say, it is very addictive! I love playing around with the décor and furniture layout. And if you did happen to run of out credits there is always an option to buy more!
Another really fun feature is being able visualise what it would be like to ‘walk through’ your home, using the 3D Walk feature, or to do a 360 degree turn. Just click here to see my bedroom design in 360 degrees.
I have really enjoyed using RoomSketcher, and I can see that it will continue to be of use in my house renovations. One of the real benefits of the VIP package is it includes an app, so you can show your designs to people with your tablet or smartphone! I have tried similar design tools before, both free and paid, but I would say RoomSketcher does provide more options than others I have used. Of course, if like me, you are not a professional designer, then I would suggest starting with the free version, and then considering an upgrade if you want to add more features. In addition to the RoomSketcher VIP package there is also a RoomSketcher Pro subscription. This starts at $99 and allows access to even more features, including ready made floor plans.
I hope to be updating you on our house move in the coming weeks. I am so excited! Don’t forget to follow my social media accounts to watch this design become a reality!
Thanks for stopping by and if you would like to have a play around with my designs in RoomSketcher you can do that here! Have you got any big renovations or decorating projects coming up? I would love to hear about them!
Disclaimer: I was provided with a VIP subscription to review RoomSketcher. All opinions are my own. For further information please see my Disclosure Policy.