IMSI TurboFLOORPLAN Home & Landscape Pro

Architecture Software Review: Home & Landscape Pro

IMSI TurboFLOORPLAN Home & Landscape Pro Architecture Software
IMSI TurboFLOORPLAN Home & Landscape Pro. Photo: Jackie Craven

NOTE: This review was originally published in 2008.

TurboFLOORPLAN Home & Landscape Pro is a computer-aided design (CAD) program published by IMSI/Design. Similar to the TurboFLOORPLAN Instant Architect software program, Home & Landscape Pro will let you create floor plans, cost estimates, landscape designs, and masterful 3D illustrations. However, Home & Landscape Pro is more powerful than Instant Architect and has many more features.

This review is based on Home & Landscape Pro Version 12. Have you tried a different version? Tell us your experiences with architecture software.

What Can You Do With Home & Landscape Pro?

  • Draw floor plans
  • View 6 sample projects
  • Design houses, rooms, decks, kitchens, bathrooms, terrains, and landscapes
  • Import a photo of your home and add landscape features
  • Design electrical, plumbing, heating, and cooling systems
  • Create 2D and 3D images
  • View houses and rooms from many perspectives
  • Arrange furniture and plan interior decoration
  • Choose from an extensive menu of options for siding materials, landscape plants, cabinets, appliances, furnishings, and other features
  • Choose colors from a large palette of options
  • Add labels and other text to your designs
  • Estimate building costs
  • Add voice and sounds to your designs
  • Create animated views of your project
  • Import your own photos for textures, patterns, and details
  • Modify and save your plans

    What CAN'T You Do With Home & Landscape Pro?

    IMSI TurboFLOORPLAN Home & Landscape Pro is a simplified CAD program that will let you accomplish many high-powered design tasks. That said, here is what Home & Landscape Pro will NOT let you do:

    • Browse extended libraries of house plans and house styles
    • Browse color palettes from multiple paint manufacturers
    • View online galleries of projects by other users
    • Get design tips and suggestions
    • Check your design against national building codes
    Also, note that CAD programs are not intended to let you import and edit photos of your own house. For that, you'd need a paint color software program or other type of photo-editing program.

    How Easy is Home & Landscape Pro?

    Installing and activating the program DVD for IMSI TurboFLOORPLAN Home & Landscape Pro was a trouble-free process that took about 10 minutes. Once I had filled in my activation code number, Home & Landscape Pro opened with the same House Builder Wizard found in other TurboFLOORPLAN software. Help was also available in the 57-page Getting Started guide and a 330-page manual with an index.

    The House Builder Wizard guided me through the design process by offering a series of options. With a click of my mouse, I could switch to 3D views and see my design from different perspectives. I could even view my project with eye-popping realism by wearing funky red and blue 3D glasses that came with the manual.

    A paintbrush option let me choose from an extensive menu of siding materials, landscape details, paint colors, interior cabinetry, carpeting, and other features.

    Although I knew that more advanced features were available, I could progress quickly though my project by staying with the building wizards.

    The Bottom Line

    IMSI TurboFLOORPLAN Home & Landscape Pro is an adaptable program with out-of-the-box simplicity for beginners and powerful design tools for advanced users. In less than an hour, I was able to create floor plans and an elevation drawing. With more time (and a careful study of the manual) I was able to add greater detail and more features to my project. Home & Landscape Pro can also help plan terrains, landscapes, interior rooms, and utilities.

    System Requirements

    • Windows® 2000, XP, or Vista
    • 500 Mhz or higher processor
    • 750 MB free hard drive space
    • 512 MB RAM (1 GB Recommended)

    Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.