Technology: Home On The Hard Drive

Though it's one of America's favorite pastimes, building or remodeling a home can be traumatizing, especially if you don't know what the builders are up to. Home Designer Suite 6.0 ($99; Windows only), from Better Homes and Gardens, can help give you more creative input. The program uses baby-step tutorials to help you set a floor plan with walls, windows, doors and roof, then tweak as needed. You can then print your creation as a usable architectural blueprint, complete with an estimated project cost. Other tools help with remodeling, landscaping and even furnishing your home. Still, it can't do everything. While...

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