How to Build a Virtual Dream House Online

Whether it's within reach or not, many people have an idea for a dream house, or an ideal home. You can build a virtual dream house online for a couple of different purposes. One design option creates a visual representation of a dream house that you may want to build in real life. The other design option provides you with a dream house that you can play in online.

  1. Blueprint Design

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      Open a virtual blueprint system, such as Original Home Plans or Floor Planner, in your web browser. Both systems offer a variety of free tools for designing your virtual dream house.

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      Click the "Design Your Own" link in Original Home Plans or the "Personal" and then "Floorplanner Free" links in Floor Planner to get into the design system. Fill in the required information in the window pop up to register for an online account. Though they are free, both sites require registration with some basic information, such as email address and password.

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      Select one of the base plans for your home design from the plan options. You must start with a base plan in Original Home Plans, but you can choose not to start with a base plan in Floor Planner and design your virtual dream house from scratch.

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      Click on each tool on the toolbar in the design program to select the tool. Tools that are available in both Original Home Plans and Floor Planner include a "wall" tool to draw in walls, a door tool and a window tool. Draw all of these features by choosing the tool and using your mouse to draw in the feature.

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      Click the "Save" button in the program, which looks like a disk, to save your dream house design when you are finished. Once saved, the design is stored in your online account, but you can also click the email button to email it to yourself and save a copy to your computer.

    Virtual Worlds

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      Go to a virtual world gaming site that has a dream house feature. Two gaming sites where you can design a virtual dream house are Kaneva and Cybertown.

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      Sign up for an account with the virtual world gaming site. Both sites have many free resources, but still require some personal information.

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      Click the "Shop" button in the system and choose "Homes" to shop for a base model for your dream house. Shopping in virtual world games require credits, which can be purchased or earned by creating your own merchandise for the online world and selling it in your own store, usually found under the "My Store" link.

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      Add features to your virtual dream house. Like the homes themselves, furniture and other household items are found in the store and can be bought with credits.

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