Free Backyard Planning Software for Upgrading Your Outdoor Living Space

Backyard Planning Software

Research shows that remodeling and outdoor living projects are on the rise as homeowners feel more confident investing in their primary residence. Since many people view the outdoors as an extension of their living space, Simpson Strong-Tie offers free backyard planning software to help them design their dream backyard.

Our Outdoor Living software consists of three design applications — Deck Planner Software™, Pergola Planner Software™ and our newest addition, Fence Planner Software™. When it comes to outdoor living, a well-designed, well-built outdoor structure can make all the difference. These easy-to-use design tools help customers create spaces that improve their outdoor experiences.

Each application allows users to design the structure they envision for their backyard in minutes, then print a materials list showing which Simpson Strong-Tie products they will need. For ultimate convenience, the applications include a Dealer Locator showing every store within a 5-mile radius, so customers can purchase their supplies nearby.

In addition to listing the necessary Simpson Strong-Tie connectors and fasteners, the materials list also shows other products that are provided by the retailer, such as lumber, composite decking, connectors, fasteners, stain, cement and related components.

Outdoor Living software is a free, web-based offering that can be downloaded from More details about our three software applications are shown below.

Deck Planner Software

Free Deck Planner Software

Deck Planner Software enables users to design a safe, strong code- compliant deck in just a few minutes. It includes:

  • 3D rendering of the deck
  • The deck design in a plan view
  • A visual display of connector types and locations for proper installation
  • Permit information
  • And much more

Deck Planner Software is also available as a downloadable app for iPad® in the Apple Store®.

Pergola Planner Software

Free Pergola Planner Software

Pergola Planner Software helps users plan their dream backyard by starting with a safe, strong and beautiful pergola or other outdoor structure that will last for decades. It includes:

  • 3D view of the pergola or other outdoor structure
  • The pergola or other outdoor structure design in a plan view
  • Estimated materials list
  • And much more

Fence Planner Software

Free Fence Planner Software

Fence Planner Software enables users to design a safe, strong and code-compliant fence.,  It includes:

  • 3D view of the fence and other structures
  • Plot layout
  • Plan view showing fence post centers
  • Detail views of each fence type
  • Connector location sheet
  • And much more

These Outdoor Living software tools offer homeowners much more than the ability to visualize and plan outdoor structures for the backyard. Because Simpson Strong-Tie is committed to safety, the applications create project plans that meet local building codes, enabling customers to obtain building permits.

Outdoor spaces keep us connected to ourselves, to each other and to the world around us. Using Outdoor Living software from Simpson Strong-Tie, our customers can create a deck, pergola or fence that extends their living space and makes the backyard feel even more special.