Best CAD software apps: Technology changes daily

Fact: Technology changes daily Fiction: 20-20 Design is the best software for the kitchen & bath design business.

There are many considerations when looking at the productivity of the design firm and one major tool is the Computer-aided Design, or CAD, software applications. I'm a geek , I like my drawings perfect, and they should be because there are minimum standards, and I spend a lot of time on my drawings, but I am also so very disgusted with the wasted energy that CAD software problems create that I'm on the hunt for the right software for me.

20-20 Design

I've spent a lot of time in 20-20 Design fixing its problems, making the drawings look like they should (no, it's not out-of-the-box like it says), and then to have to do it over again because 20-20 crashed. 20-20 likes to crash whenever it feels like it. That's what I've discovered. It has been giving the user the perception of perfection but it's just smoke & mirrors. 20-20 Design does not meet minimum standards for drafting. It has failed.


AutoKitchen is relatively new but it's an Autodesk partner and has the look and feel of all the AutoCAD work, without the work. It's easy to use, and so much better than 20-20 could ever be. It's fast, easy, and really really sharp. I've been using it for about a month - trying to get the hang of it - and the biggest issue I see with it is that it's actually too easy. You wouldn't think that it would be a downfall, it's not really, it's just that we designers are used to our design softwares being complicated.


So if you're looking for a CAD software, without the expense of AutoCAD, then SketchUp is where you need to be. It's a powerful tool, but it's complicated and you have to tell it to do everything. The layout portion isn't as pretty as AutoKitchen, and the user has to add all the text, just like AutoCAD, but when you need to design a whole house I think that this software, which is cheaper, is well worth the price.

Other software available, but not reviewed:


Chief Architect

Notes: This opinions are my own thru my experience. I haven't been paid to produce this post, and I have made no revenue from it.