Live Home 3D is a powerful yet easy to use desktop interior design tool that allows your imagination to run wild. If you just want to have some fun redesigning your home, save yourself some money or get more serious about interior design, there's something for everyone.
Live Home 3D Pro adds far more powerful functionalities and features than the standard version and for the extra $30, we think it’s well worth the investment.
Among many other things, the Pro edition offers more tools and output options with the possibility to design anything from a shed to a skyscrapers.
The 2D drawing tools include a cool Elevation View which allows you to explore the 2D side view of your house design.
You can also do such things as insert panels, niches or openings into a wall or a skylight on a roof.
There are more fine tuning tools in the Pro version for adjusting doors and windows and arranging furniture inside the house too.
There’s an advanced Material Editor which helps you create more complex custom materials with reflective and glossy surfaces for your interior design projects.
Another nice touch is the Light Editor which enables you to add a custom light source to any object and so that you can fine tune light attenuation, glow, and direction.
If you already use SketchUp Pro, you can also export your building plans directly into Live Home 3D Pro, re-touch it and then send it back.
The export features in Live Home 3D Pro also allow you to render movies in high-quality, Ultra HD video files at 3840 x 2160 and 60 FPS.
You can see the difference between the standard and Pro version of SketchUp below and check our review of SketchUp for more.
Live Home 3D is easily one of the best house design tools we’ve used and there is little to fault.
However, one slight drawback is that while the interior design tools are excellent, the exterior landscaping tools aren’t quite as extensive, especially when it comes to plants and organic coverage. There is though now an Additional Plants Pack and Additional Materials Pack for Live Home 3D although both cost an extra $9.99.
There doesn’t seem to be any way to add or remove layers on designs either. So for example, if you just want to see the electrical layout layer, you can’t just toggle it on and off.
There’s also no phone support for Live Home 3D. You can however submit support requests on the site or via email which are usually replied to withing 24 hours. There’s also a support forum that’s regularly monitored and replied to by the developer Belight Software.
Live Home 3D Pricing
Live Home 3D is available in two versions – Standard and Pro but the Standard version is very basic.
To do things properly we strongly recommend going for Live Home 3D Pro for $49.99 as it includes essential features like unlimited floor levels, furniture, terrain editing and impressive full HD walkthroughs.
This entitles you to a lifetime license too whereas all the other Live Home 3D are subscription based.
The standard version of Live Home 3D is $29.99 per year but lacks many of the essential features of the Pro version for serious house designing.