The benefits of using home design software can be unbelievable. Whether you have experience with home-building design or not, home design software can give you a pretty clear picture of what the new house is actually going to look like and this is wonderful.
Make sure that you understand how the software works. Take some time to read the instructions and practice using the software until you become comfortable with all of the tools and other options that are available in the program.
Get a couple of books on house design, to make sure that you are designing everything so that it will function and flow properly in the new house. In other words, don't make your hallways to big and your bedrooms too small.
Don't design a house with engineering problems. Your home could look marvelous on your computer, but have engineering problems. Don't get too excited, before you actually try to figure out if the home can be built.
Once you have a pretty good design, you're going to need to make sure that all of the electrical, plumbing, heating and air-conditioning systems will actually work and function well with the home design.
It wouldn't be a bad idea to understand how homes are actually constructed, before you design one. I can't tell you how many architects I have worked with, who don't understand how homes are actually built.
If you have the house design software, design a couple of different buildings, before approaching an architect or engineer. A good engineer or architect and even a good general contractor can look at a home design and point out potential problems with it. Have fun with your home design software.