As of 2015, free building design programs include DreamPlan Home Design Software and Autodesk Homestyler. Users can download the DreamPlan program for free, and Autodesk Homestyler is a free online program. Programs that are not free, but have free trials, include Edraw, Chief Architect and Building Design Suite.
DreamPlan Home Design Software enables users to create floor plans for houses, condos or apartments, as well as create exterior landscaping and gardens and choose color, texture and furniture schemes. Additional features include the ability to change between 3-D, 2-D and blueprint views, download more items to place in outdoor spaces, design unfinished basements, and make walls and roofs. Windows users can click the Download DreamPlan Home Designer for Windows link to obtain the program.
Autodesk Homestyler provides space onto which users can drag items from the library in the left column. Users can first add rooms of different shapes and sizes and then click on the Furnish and Decorate categories to fill the rooms. Items include sofas, tables, countertops, art and electronics, and users can add them to the rooms by clicking and dragging them onto the plans. Users can also make rooms larger or smaller by clicking on the wall edges and dragging them to expand or contract them.