There is something happening in the world today that is mesmerizing, a little scary, refreshing, and remarkable. It’s called software. Applications. Apps. What apps do today is little short of astounding.
Look at the camera on iPhone. It’s DSLR quality in your pocket. Better than broadcast video that competes with movie cameras. Look at the Mac. Look at all a Mac does today that it did not and could not do a decade or two ago.
You know– design your home with no heavy lifting. In 3D.
Remodel. Build. Rearrange.
Most of us rearrange our homes occasionally, some of us remodel, a few will build new from the ground up. How did that work out for you? It’s all a headache. All of it. Even rearranging is a pain because you have to move furniture around. Remodeling is worse because you have to move everything around and the end result may not be what you wanted. Building from the ground up?
Sounds like fun but the details can be overwhelming. This makes it easy.
Enter Live Home 3D from BeLight Software. Think of it as home design software that lets you rearrange furniture without grunting or working up a sweat. Or, remodel without painting anything. Or, build from the ground up before building anything.
On your Mac.
Simply put, your Mac becomes the tool you use to design, rearrange, or remodel your home the way you want without lifting anything but your mouse finger.
Use Live Home 3D in 2D or 3D to draft floor plans or build the entire structure. Start with an imported floor plan or create your own from the built-in templates and tools. We remodeled our place a few years ago and I used an earlier version of Live Home 3D to help.
The app puts everything you need to rearrange, remodel, or build a home on the Mac’s screen. The whole house, rooms, furniture, specifications, and enough details to make an architect wonder if their profession was worth the expense.
How does working in this environment on the Mac’s screen not feel like fun?
Absolutely everything on the screen can be changed as needed. Room decoration becomes fun. Rearranging or adding furniture to fit a room becomes point and click, drag and drop, and ends the sore muscles and aching backs.
The tools can be intimidating because there are so many, but each one can be considered self-explanatory.
For example, floor plans are obvious and the tools for dimensions and sizes and options are visible in the sidebars. Each one uses tabs for additional options. Click on a wall or room element to resize using precise controls.
Need furniture? Drag and drop. Each piece of furniture has its own dimensions so you can move it around a room and get a very accurate idea of how it will look. Onscreen controls let you pan across the image or zoom in and out as needed, so even if your Mac’s screen is smaller, you can use all the options.
Nearly every element in the home can be edited, too, plus you have sidebar options for furniture material, interior and exterior wall materials, and more furniture options than you could ever afford.
The built-in camera angle lets you view everything from nearly every angle– indoors or outside. It even lets you create a 360-degree panorama view JPG image or 360-degree video.
Seriously. On your Mac. If you’ve ever seen how Joanna Gaines does it on Fixer Upper then you’re in for a treat. That’s what you can do on your Mac. All the tools– except Chip and Shorty– are there.
For us, we designed our actual floor plan, then added remodeling– which included furniture placement, kitchen appliances, and new cabinets, different flooring materials, and even what we wanted to place on the walls.
The options become intuitive after you set up or select a floor plan.
There are many, many tools, and each comes with drop-down options that add more things to think about, so I recommend you start with something simple, then begin to add to a room or floorplan piece by piece until you can remember where all the options reside.
The furniture and material collections alone come with more than 2,100 options, and there is an Extras Pack with even more. Could you use Live Home 3D in your own remodeling or construction business? Oh yeah!
The Live Home 3D basic version is ridiculously priced at $20. Seriously. You can download it and give it a try first, too. The Pro Edition has more advanced tools and can handle more complicated layouts, including multi-story buildings with different materials. Plus, it has editing tools for lighting, camera settings (for the video), and options to edit materials.
Here’s the deal. Live Home 3D is an app that does far more than you might expect, so there’s a learning curve. Expect some effort to get into the details. Thankfully, the app comes from BeLight Software and we’re proud to have reviewed many of their products through the years.
You get access to 18 different video tutorials that walk you through the user interface, floor plan, roof, materials, and more esoteric options that help to get you over the curve. There’s even a video that explains the Pro version features.
Hardly a day goes by that I do not use an app from BeLight, but this one takes major projects and reduces them to enjoyable keyboard and mouse time. Live Home 3D comes highly recommended.
Guess what? Yes, Live Home 3D has an iOS and iPadOS version, too.
Personal home remodeling and designing is one thing, but the commercial opportunities are something else. Look at the mobility and sophistication available in such an app.
Look at this. It’s on an iPhone screen. And, other than screen size, it works very well.
We live in a different age; a time where so much can be accomplished with so little.