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I'm planning to have a house built. I want to draw up some sketches on the computer, so I am looking for a program that can help me do this. It doesn't have to be a professional architecture tool; in fact that would be too complicated just yet (but maybe later on, for the detailed work...?). A simpler tool would be better.

Features should include such things as ability to draw and move walls (not just using simple boxes), calculate room/floor area, add windows and doors, and the like. That's why Inkscape or OOo Presentation won't do. On Windows, a friend would just download a cracked professional architecture tool but that is not what I want to do.

Suggestions?

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  • I use Live Home 3D, no need to crack, the app has Free version for Windows and iOS.
    – Andrey
    Commented Apr 18, 2019 at 14:38
  • @Andrey, how do you run it under Ubuntu?
    – Sasha
    Commented Jan 15, 2022 at 8:42

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Sweet Home 3D

Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that helps you place your furniture on a house 2D plan, with a 3D preview.

screenshot with walls and furniture

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  • Sweet, it's available in the software center. I'll take it for a spin! Commented Feb 19, 2011 at 10:50
  • Could somebody post a screenshot of this program?
    – ulidtko
    Commented Feb 19, 2011 at 13:57
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    This program looks promising. It's available in the software center without downloading anything first. But I notice that it's very slow: drag an item with the mouse, then wait 1 second for the program to move the item. What's up? I took the liberty to replace the screenshot. Commented Feb 19, 2011 at 19:16
  • I also see what Torben has observed. I'm running Ubuntu 16.04 on a fairly fast laptop with plenty of RAM and find this software crashes all the time. Commented Sep 5, 2016 at 1:42
  • This thing sucks. When you create walls and rooms, it doesn't autocompute the wals, forcing you to manually resize the rooms. You cannot even enter room size values. For the walls, you can. It just sucks
    – chx101
    Commented Mar 4 at 17:17
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I love Google SketchUp. It's not made specifically for this application, and I'm sure there are others, but if you're looking for simple, this is the ticket. And who can argue with gratis?

I guess Wine kind of sucks, though.

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  • Well you're right that it isn't open-source-free but it has a price of zero, and that's still good. Commented Feb 19, 2011 at 8:51
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    Sketchup is cool; I already know it from Windows. But it seems to me it's originally more an engineering app, because it doesn't allow me to move a wall as a whole unit. I can move one side of it, making the wall 2 meters thick, and then move the other side so that the wall thickness is again what it should be. For this reason, I preferred Sweet Home 3D, even though it's not quite as smooth and fast. Commented Feb 20, 2011 at 16:37
  • @torbengb, You can make "objects" in sketchup, then move that, but you're right -- it's not really made for this. I still love it!
    – tyblu
    Commented Feb 20, 2011 at 18:02
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It's not open source, not really a program, and the free version is limited, but I've found the flash-based floorplanner.com to be simple and a pleasure to use.

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    I used floorplanner for a while, but it was too painful for me. Then I switched to roomsketcher.com which I really enjoyed.
    – egmont
    Commented Apr 26, 2015 at 10:36
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We recently wrote an article on the best floor plan design tools. Maybe a good time to update this question.

Which is the best floor plan software? It really depends on your needs and skills, but some of the most popular options include Sweet Home 3D, AutoCAD and SketchUp.

Easy to use for beginners: Sweet Home 3D, FloorPlanner, RoomSketcher

For professionals: AutoCAD, SketchUp

Free to use: FloorPlanner, RoomSketcher, Draft it

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  • You missed the "w" in your "sweet home 3D" anchor... :) Commented Sep 30, 2023 at 16:27

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