Sweet Home 3D: that we should build a house

Almost all of us at least once in their lives have a situation where you need to do repairs in the apartment or office, pick a rearrangement of furniture, in the end, just change the wallpaper or paint the walls. And it’s best to start this work, a clear sense of how to look the outcome. That is to have a plan before his eyes and at least a few pictures of the interior, illustrating the upcoming changes is your space, and not some other of a glossy magazine.

Vnbsp, then you can seek help from a designer, you can use any of the specialized programs. But the services of a professional designer, and most of the applications for the design of the interior design is quite expensive. Moreover, complex software packages unlikely that easy to master in a short period of time, and they are not always necessary, especially in cases where the amount of work is small. After all, if you want to fix a shelf on the wall, no one takes the time to in-depth study of mechanics to understand the principles of interaction screws, a screwdriver and an object to which this screw should be screwed. The average person just need a convenient tool with which the above shelf is securely fastened, and most importantly – quickly.

Sweet Home 3D – it is a tool for the design of interiors. All the possibilities of this program does not provide a full picture, even a video tutorial and documentation on the official website, which is why Sweet Home 3D, unfortunately, has not yet received such wide distribution.

This program is designed primarily for those who need to quickly make the interior design, not possessing special skills in such applications. It allows on the fly to create plans of any premises, place these plans windows and doors, arrange furniture and accessories, while displaying all the action in the three-dimensional form with a custom visualization mode.

Main advantages of the program are:

  • cross platform. Sweet Home 3D can run on computers running Windows, Linux, Mac OS and Solaris;
  • FREE;
  • Full Russification;
  • Easy development and ease of use, with an intuitive interface and the availability of detailed interactive prompts during the project;
  • small size distribution – only about 34 MB.

Getting started

Sweet Home 3D interface is not overloaded with various buttons and menus. When you run before the user opens divided into four work areas with a small window at the top toolbar. The size of these regions can be arbitrarily changed by simply dragging the border between them. In the top left of the window is a catalog of furniture, by default sorted by category and contains all the pieces of furniture and accessories that can be used in the project. If you click on the button to the left of the category name, you can see a list of the samples included in it. When the cursor is over the line with the name of the sample appears next to it magnified image of the sample, which helps the user to choose.

If you wish to change the way in which a catalog of furniture, it can easily do this in the program settings. When you switch to another view a category can be selected from the drop-down list at the top of the catalog of furniture, and the samples that are included in this category are displayed below in the form of larger, more vivid images.

Below the directory is a table furniture pieces that are used in the project. It is updated each time a new object is added to the drawing, showing the name, size and other characteristics. Characteristics of an object, which should appear in the table, you can set and sort through a special menu that is by right-clicking.

Top right fit on the main working area in which the plan is drawn and produced furniture placement. Below that is an area 3D-view. Three-dimensional view of the project if necessary, can and does bring in a separate window, thus increasing located above the work area. The dimensions of this three-dimensional form of the selected window can also be changed, though manually, not automatically. Closing the window, the user does not delete the current 3D-view of the project, and simply return it to its original position.

Since working in Sweet Home 3D, the user is constantly guided by the map of your project in 3D-form, it is important that the program provides its setting. From the context menu of 3D-type can call the dialog box three-dimensional display of the project, which helps to increase or decrease the light (for sharper display the drawing), set the color and texture of the earth and the sky, and also adjust the transparency of the walls. Although the latter option does not appear in the drawing.

Navigation working windows

In all areas except the 3D-view, you can not only move vertically with the sliders, but simply scrolling the mouse wheel. In the drawing area plan with the added ability to move randomly drawing with the mouse while holding down laquo; probelraquo, and scale the drawing, if you hold down the Ctrl key and scroll the mouse wheel.

In the area of ??3D-type, there is the navigation can be performed as a mouse, and by means of a special control in the form of a circle with arrows, each of which is responsible for moving or scaling objects in this area. And to increase an object with the mouse should be, moving e vertically while pressing the middle mouse button, and to review the facility to use the left or right mouse button.

Preset programs

Before starting the program, check e settings (laquo; Faylraquo; rarr; laquo; Nastroykiraquo ;) and set the unit of measurement for drawing the map navigation arrows 3D-view, and grid lines in the area of ??drafting, furniture icons on the plan, as well as the desired thickness and height of the walls plus the floor slab thickness for the design of floor layout, with more than one level.

Settings window also allows you to specify the saving of data to restore the project in case of any unforeseen complications. It should be noted that, despite the existence of the program this automatic function, how to handle the current work is to preserve and hand. All settings when necessary, easily be changed in the process of the project.

use drawings as a guide

Facilitate work on the design of a particular room will help under the program ready drawings (blueprint), or pictures that you can use as a background for a future project. You can, of course, just start building the wall in the drawing, focusing exclusively on his own imagination, but still import existing plans can significantly speed up the work. One has only to take care of with the boot image was not too great, and it is placed properly. Steps to load, scale and location of the wallpaper will laquo; Master izobrazheniyaraquo background;.

The finished drawing, you can put down all the sizes and insert any text. Like all other objects in the drawing, this can be edited at any time. It is true that a set of editable parameters in this case is only limited opportunity to incrementally adjust the text size, change the slope, and the actual fat content itself. Make changes esch at least the color and dimension lines is not yet possible.

Should also always mention the importance mode, allowing secure baseline. To do this, in the upper left corner of the stage has a special lock icon. Clicking on this icon to lock or unlock the plan. Control lock mode is also available from the context menu of the workspace. Secure mode baseline especially useful when the drawing has a lot of details and objects. This action blocks to change, and the plan itself, and all that is reckoned to him. For example, when you have placed a group of furniture, it can be disabled. It is necessary to clarify that the furniture and fittings are protected against accidental changes only when the lock mode is enabled for the basic plan.

Building walls

After downloading the wallpaper can start to prepare the field for the design of the space – the construction of the walls. About installing windows and doors will be discussed later, because they, like ladders, lamps, plants, and proper furniture, belong to the so-called accessories and are located in the respective categories directory.

Walls should

Features, including their creation mode using the context menu or the corresponding button on the toolbar. When you click in the corners of the intersection of the walls of a building wall is completed and the program jumps to the next. We should not worry about where there will be openings for doors and windows. It is necessary to draw a solid line the walls, focusing (in case you have used blueprint) for the background image.

To simplify drawing in the default mode mapping, or laquo; zalipaniyaraquo; endpoints walls in the middle of drawing a multiple of fifteen degrees. In the case where this mode prevents correct drawing, it is disabled on the fly, if during the drafting hold down Shift. To complete the construction of the walls, double-click the mouse or press Esc. It is noteworthy that when the construction of any regime, whether the creation of walls or rooms, size, or text on the screen will always appear a window with details for a prompt action in this mode. To hide the clues you need to install the appropriate check checkbox.

After constructing the walls of their wish to edit. By the way, the editing process of any object can be started only when the object (wall, windows, doors, furniture) is selected with the mouse or menu is highlighted in blue. It is edited with special dialog boxes in which there are many variable parameters – geometric and texture. In the editing window walls can change their location and length, height at the beginning and at the end of the wall thickness, the measured radius of curvature of the curved walls or fences, to indicate the color, texture and surface texture.

If necessary

Walls are broken down into sections, whose size can be adjusted with the mouse and special markers that appear when you hover the cursor over the end points of editable areas (it may be necessary to overlay the different walls of different textures).

Adding objects from the catalogs of models and textures

Once the walls are edited, added to the plane doors and windows, and then the other accessories from the program directory. The selected sample is captured in the directory with the mouse and drag and drop the plan. This program helps to establish this pattern as closely as possible, showing the user in the interactive dimension lines distance from the sample to the walls. In addition, if the user has disabled the binding mode that is installed in the directory supplies (Furniture, fill openings, plants, etc.) are automatically guided the program so that the surface of the wall is turned back of the object.

Addition, if not disabled the automatic binding, doors and windows, which you have set in the background according to the drawing, will be automatically adjusted to the thickness and location of walls. Very convenient that the program takes into account the aspect ratio set by the location plan in case of overlapping of one of them to another automatically allocates less than the object of great. Of course, as already mentioned, the parameters of each object drawing (and the height of its location as well) are adjusted using dialog boxes, but how much nicer and, most importantly, to work faster when these routines can be avoided. This can be a good feel, for example, if there is a need to place on the table service or vases of flowers on the window sill.

Objects that are inserted in the directory can be edited directly in the drawing using the specially provided for this indicator, rotation, change the height, size and geometrical arrangement, which are located at the corners of the objects. When you roll over an indicator, it changes its appearance depending on the action that is available at this time.

Addition, edit inserted into the drawing furniture can be in the dialog box by double-clicking on an object. Configurable settings in these windows include the size and location of the object of furniture, its angle of rotation of the drawing, color, texture and character of the surface and the possibility of mirroring objects in the plan.

Recently, in Sweet Home 3D there was a very handy feature to align objects presenting different layout options. Since objects can simply copy this useful additional feature allows you to quickly and easily set objects on the plan are not individually, but in groups.

In addition to the pre-

Library catalog of furniture and fittings, in Sweet Home 3D is also a catalog of textures. They can be applied for editing objects in the plan.

Importing models directory

In Sweet Home 3D is also a well-designed master import new furniture and textures to the already installed software library. If users need furniture or textures that are not in the program, using the wizard, you can import into the program files stored on your computer or download it for free from the Internet by using the links provided on the site Sweet Home 3D.

Thus, the user can gradually fill their catalog selected libraries of furniture, accessories and textures. Need takzhenbsp, note that the Import Wizard allows you to upload the program not only a single model, but also entire libraries (files with SH3F). After loading, they immediately appear in the catalog. Sweet Home 3D supports all major formats of 3D-models: OBJ, 3DS, DAE, LWS. In addition, without decompressing the program automatically extracts the ZIP-archive and put it in my files of any supported format, which also speeds up the work, giving the opportunity to not be distracted by minor technical operations.

designed rooms and adding floors

The program is a mode of constructing the room. While working there, the user can see on the plan area of ??each room. To do this, the mouse to outline each room by clicking on the e corners. If the drawing already have walls that outline the doors and windows, you can just double-click anywhere inside the premises for which laquo; stroitsyaraquo; room. In this case, in the 3D-form immediately reflected, as in this field automatically appears floor, which from that moment becomes editable, like other objects in the drawing.

Way, the creation mode is not tolkonbsp rooms, allows you to see the floor in the room, but also makes it possible to build the wall. To do this, it needs to be inserted immediately after loading the background image. In this mode, the user only laquo; obschelkatraquo, mouse outline premises, and then double-click inside the thus obtained a closed area. Thereafter drafted circuit will be created instantly wall with the settings specified in the program settings.

Recently, the Sweet Home 3D can build additional floors (or levels), the work that is conducted in the same manner as with the initial level. In addition, each floor can have its own background image. As in the drawing window, and in the 3D-view for clarity and ease of reading you can enable or disable the display of drawing level.

visualization project and create video

Work on the design project of the room with Sweet Home 3D would be, perhaps, a waste of time, do not be a function not laid a three-dimensional snapshot of the form of the project with varying degrees of photorealism.

Image settings are set in the dialog box for creating photo and include the size of the future of the image in pixels, and the date and time of recording, affecting the nature of light and shadows on the final image. In the same mode is selected as the camera, and most importantly, set the image quality of the future. If the high realism does not matter, you can move the slider in charge of quality, speed, and direction to get the result in just a second.

The program also allows you to record a video presentation walks virtual visitor, looking at the interior. The guest can be moved according to plan, manage its growth, head tilt and rotate in opposite directions. The resulting video file is saved as MOV, with the possibility of choosing the video setting profiles.


Sweet Home 3D is constantly evolving and improving through the support of the many enthusiasts from around the world, organized by the community and have their own forum. It is noteworthy that any registered online, you can not only get advice on work in the program, but also to propose any changes to it in accordance with their preferences. This helps improve the Sweet Home 3D, quickly eliminating errors detected during use, and making e more user friendly.

Nice addition to the general good impression of the program is the ability to use e online, without downloading to a computer. In this case, are utilized almost all the features of the program, except for saving the resulting outcome. However, this can be done only for free by registering on the forum.

Of course, as with any other program, the Sweet Home 3D has its drawbacks. For example, someone will miss opportunities of interactive budgeting for the implementation of the finished project, someone will complain to the relatively small catalog of accessories included with the default program. It is likely that many would like to use this program, not only of the interior, but also to build profiles and simulate landscape. But if you think of the free account, you have to admit that Sweet Home 3D is very advantageous to look at the background of other programs for interior design, successfully combining a modest size with a fairly broad functionality.

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