Sweet Home 3D
To download Sweet Home 3D, go to its website, click Download and select the file that is appropriate for your Linux installation (32-bit or 64-bit). Once downloaded, open the file by double clicking it and extract the contents to a convenient location, such as /home/user_name/Downloads/SweetHome. After the installation, just run the SweetHome3D executable under the SweetHome directory. The program comes as a “complete installation package", which means that you do not need to think about the dependencies; everything the program needs to run is in the downloaded file. The total download is about 45 Megabytes.
When you run the software, you will see that the screen is divided into four panes: the upper right is the 2D model of your house, the bottom right is the 3D view, the upper left is the containers section, where you choose the furniture type by rooms (such as kitchen, bathroom, etc.). and the bottom left is the list of items/furniture that is available in the container that you selected in the upper left pane.
Begin by selecting the walls that surround the house and make sure that you follow the dimensions that are presented real-time to you when you are drawing. You will need this when you are exporting your image. Then go on with drawing the interior walls and finally place your furniture in the 2D or 3D view. In the bottom right pane, you will see that the items have width, depth, and height values. You can modify them according to your requirements. For example, if you want to see how the particular IKEA item will fit in your living room, modify the furniture’s dimensions and place it in your living room to get an overview of your prospective purchase. I’ll let you explore more things to do, such as changing your wall and floor colors and the textures.
This excellent home designer software for Linux does not fall short of anything- you can even import more furniture or other items to your containers. Make a Google search and you will be amazed with the number of items that you will see. If this is not enough, you can take photos of your virtual home, and if that still is not enough, you can create a 3D video in which you can set the walking path inside the house and create a video that is the same as yourself walking with a camera inside the drawing. And finally, if you are interested in 3D modeling, you can export your home design to a 3D program, such as Blender and apply some lights. You will not believe what you will be seeing.
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