What is a virtual kitchen remodel?


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With the average kitchen remodel costing somewhere between $15,000 to $20,000 dollars, it can be one of the bigger expenses a homeowners commits to in order to increase the resale value of their home.  Not only does your resale value increase, but in the meantime you get a brand new kitchen with better living flow, updated and more energy efficient appliances, and best of all an updated and clean place to cook!  Since remodeling your kitchen can be such a huge undertaking and expense, there isn’t a whole lot of room for error.  Choosing the wrong cabinets or color scheme can cost thousands or tens of thousands of dollars to change.  The alternative is living with a remodel that you are not happy with.  

Virtual kitchen remodeling software solves that problem by laying out exactly how you want your virtual kitchen remodel to look like on your computer.  While there are a number of house remodeling software options ranging from blueprint and architectural emphasis to landscaping specific software, you want to be sure that the house remodeling software you purchase has a large database of kitchen remodeling tools.  Virtual kitchen remodeling is only beneficial when you are able to visualize exactly what your kitchen will look like after the remodel.  Therefore scrimping on the software at the beginning does not do you any good.  Purchasing a robust piece of software for a few hundred dollars in the short term is worth it if it saves you thousands in the future.  

Benefits of a virtual kitchen remodeling:

The most obvious and rewarding benefit of using home remodeling software is the money you save in the long run.  We have discussed that being able to visualize your new kitchen saves money in change orders, and alterations to your design, but there are other ways it helps you save money.  For example, if you have a visual representation of what you’d like you kitchen to look like, you can save thousands of dollars in contractor consulting fees and planning.  Rather than spend time on the clock with your contractor making revisions to your plan, send a print out of your design straight to the architect and save.  This also gives you the ability to make hundreds of revisions in the privacy of your home at no extra cost to you.  When paying a contractor $100 per hour, you may be reluctant to ask about an idea you’d had.  With home remodeling software, just a few clicks and you can put your ideas on paper.  

Types of home remodeling software:

When planning out your virtual kitchen remodel, there are so many options for software it can be overwhelming.  The important thing to remember is to pick the software that is right for you, not the cheapest software you can find.  Inaccurate virtual kitchen remodel visualizations are useless and serve no purpose. Here are some of the top rate house remodeling software tites:

Chief Architect Home Designer Suite 10 - Although it is a little pricey, Chief Architect Home Designer Suite has an extremely robust database of everything you may need to remodel your home.  Although there is special emphasis on kitchens and baths, there are also tools to design everything from blueprints to exterior siding and landscaping.  Visuals are available in 2D and 3D renderings so you can get your ideas on paper effectively.  

HGTV Home and Landscape Platinum Suite 3.0 - Although much cheaper, HGTV’s Home and Landscape Platinum offers adequate features for those who want to dabble in virtual kitchen remodel software, and virtual interior design.  It differs from the competition in that it features how-to tips from HGTV professionals, and like Chief Architect features a strong 3D rendering backend.