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Free Floor Plan Software
HomeByMe Review

So - let's kick things off with a brief introduction of HomeByMe.

First of all, this really is free.  All the features are free.  As far as I can tell they are getting their revenue from companies who are paying to have their product on the platform in the hope that if someone sees it and likes it enough to put it in their HomeByMe floor plan they might buy the product.



Home By Me

This HomeByMe review is part of the Free Floor Plan Software series.

It's an app that you can download onto your PC or tablet.

And in case you were wondering it's powered by ‘3DVIA’ whatever that is.


Getting Started

When you arrive at the home page of the website you can go right ahead and click on the yellow download button and it's a question of following along with the download sequence (happily without distracting ads popping up all over the place). There's no need to create an account to download the software but as you'll see later on, it's a good idea to create one.

HomeByMe Home Page Here's what the home page looks like (well when I reviewed it anyway)

Drawing a Floor Plan

Drawing the walls with HomeByMe is relatively easy. You just have to click the wall tab and select which type of wall you want to draw. As you draw the walls, the dimensions will be written next to them, and you just have to click the dimensions to enter a new value.

Drawing a closed shape would result in the calculated area automatically showing up, saving you time from doing the calculation yourself.

HomeByMe Ground Floor Plan Here's the ground floor...

One drawback is that there is no option to make curved walls. You can only make polygonal shapes (ones with straight sides). To make a curve you will have to place multiple straight walls together at different angles.

Putting in doors and windows is very simple, as again you just have to click on the respective tabs, drag and drop the door or window. You can change the direction of opening, height, width, and distance from the ground. There's no need to make openings for the windows and doors in the walls before dropping each of these on to the plan.

Selecting the stairs tab, you can choose the type of stairs you want to put in. There isn't much choice of staircase shapes.  The basics are covered but it you're looking for anything even vaguely impressive you're out of luck.

When it comes to drawing the next floor to make things easier, the first floor can be easily cloned from the ground floor. Then you can add changes to the second floor where necessary.

HomeByMe First Floor Plan ...and the first floor

Putting in the Furniture, Fixtures and Fittings

When you move on to furnishing the view switches in to 3D.

Furniture is divided according to each room, such as bathroom, bedroom, living room and so on. This makes it easier as find what exactly you are looking for. Sofas, chairs and tables are available in a range of variety and colors.

No grand pianos though:-(

I love the fact I can make myself blonde if I like and my boys insisted on putting the football table in!

Home By Me automatically dismantles the front walls so that you can see inside.

You can see from the screen shot below that I've turned the plan round - just to see if you could view it upside down - and you can.

HomyByMe First Floor Furniture First floor furniture placement

Taking a Look in 3D

It's easy to view in 3D and the mouse scroll in, out, up, down, left and right is easy to operate.  I had a look for a 3D walk through feature but didn't find one.

HomeByMe First Floor 3D View Looking from the living room through the house
HomeByMe First Floor 3D View Exploring upstairs in 3D

Other Features

Saving

Now saving isn't one of the things I was thinking about reviewing but I just want to call this out for HomeByMe.

Good to Know

To save the project you need to sign in with Facebook, or through an email account. The projects are saved online, meaning you cannot save your projects offline. You could be drawing about for hour offline, only to find out your project cannot be saved offline - although you can share it.

Sharing

You can share your work easily to Facebook and Twitter, in fact every time you take a snap shot it asks you if you want to share.  The alternative is to save your plan as a jpeg and share by email.

Importing

You can scan your floor plan drawing and import it to HomeByMe, scale it and change the default wall thickness in the software. This makes your floor plan design accurate and to scale.

2D Summary

As I mentioned above, the furnishing is done in a 3D view.  To get an accurate 2D floor plan view you can always click ‘summary’, and the software will produce a plan with all your furniture and appliances.

Formats

If you want to use your design outside the software the file formats this software supports are jpeg, png, svg and dxf.

Printing

Drawings can be printed on scale though, and sharing your renders is extremely easy since when you take a snapshot of your drawing it immediately asks you where you want to share this photo online, through Twitter, Facebook etc.

Help Available

To get help, you need to visit their website and click support. You can post your question in a public forum where you will get a response from the help team.

Summary

Let's round things out with a bit of a recap.

Feature

Yes / No

Notes

Completely Free

Yes

To end users it's free.

Online Application

No

I'm giving this a no because although the plans are saved online, the software is downloaded which means you need to download the software on all the devices you want to use to work on your plans.

Tablet Version

Yes

Available for ipad

Easy to Use

Yes

User friendly for beginners.

Enter Dimensions

Yes

On any shape dimensions can be altered and so can the units.

3D View

Yes

'Build' is in 2D and 'Furnish' is in 3D.  No walk-through.

Import Floor Plan

Yes

svg, png, jpeg and dxf format

Print

Yes

Easily printable

Print to Scale

Yes

Choose from a range of scales.

Save in Common Format

Yes

The render images are saved in jpeg formats.

Share

Yes

There are buttons for sharing on Facebook and Twitter.

Help Available

Yes

Help is available on the website in the form of forums.

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What Do You Think?

What do you think of Home By Me?  I'd love to hear about your experiences using this software.

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