Buildy.net is a web-based application that allows users to easily create a floor plan of their house, apartment or condominium. The site features an easy to use, WYSIWYG Designer for creating floor plans. Microsoft Silverlight is required to run the Designer. The user starts by creating a new project. An outline with 4 walls is shown by default. The user adjusts the outline to match their dwelling, then starts adding rooms. Rooms can be stretched and sized, then dragged and dropped to their final location. The designer makes it easy to add features like doors and windows. Labels with descriptions or dimensions can be added. Multiple floors can also be added to projects. The Viewer makes it easy for users to share their floor plan. After a project is saved, the user is given a link to the Viewer for the project, which can easily shared with their friends or business associates. Microsoft Silverlight is not required to use the viewer. The link to the viewer can be used in advertisements, blog posts or any text using HTML. The Designer also supports adding up to 4 photos for each floor, which can be viewed by clicking on links in the viewer. The viewer also shows links to easily share the design with the major social networking sites. Advertising is displayed at the bottom of the viewer window.
Buildy.net was launched in 2009. The company is based in Germany.
Competition to Buildy.net comes from sites such as Floorplanner.com and SmartDraw. Floorplanner.com offers s similar service to Buildy.net, but has more features, and boasts 1 million registered users. Floorplanner .com is also a paid service, with 3 levels of premium membership available. SmartDraw is a dedicated desktop application available for purchase. It offers more features for designing a floorplan, but does not allow for floorplans to be shared easily.
The Buildy.net site has a clean and uncluttered look and feel. The site is quite responsive and the Designer works quite well. The Designer is similar in response time to a dedicated desktop app. Navigation of the site is intuitive, with a convenient top menu bar shown on all pages of the site. There is no advertising displayed on the Buildy.net site, but when the Viewer is used, ads are shown at the bottom of the viewer window.
Registration to Buildy.net is free and is required to use the site. The registration process asks for username, password and email address. Validation of the email address is not required.
The site is entirely free to use, and registered users have access to all features of the site. There is no premium membership offered to the Buildy.net site.
Buildy.net is recommended to anyone who needs to quickly and easily create and share a floorplan of their home, apartment, condominium or business. The site is especially useful for homeowners advertising their home for sale or for real estate agents and apartment managers to create floor plans of their properties. The site is free to use, and the advertising displayed in the Viewer is unobtrusive.