I've been looking for a good home renovation tool, to help with an upcoming project we want to start this spring. I've found several of them, but either they require me to be using MS-Windows, are much too complicated for what I want to do, or are much too expensive. I was just about ready to give up, until I stumbled across Sweet Home 3D.

Sweet Home 3D is a Java based application, so it's capable of running on multiple operating systems, including Linux. It's release under the GPL license, so it's completely free to use for any purpose. But, most importantly, it's one of the most easiest 3D modeling software I've ever tried - that includes Google's Sketch-Up software.

Within about half an hour after installing the software on my Linux netbook, I had my first floor plan drawn and was doing a 3D walk-through of the layout. It was very intuitive to use and I was impressed with the number of features it made available to me. It performed quite well on my Acer netbook - the interface was smooth and was very responsive. Even the 3D walk-through performed well.

If you're looking for an easy-to-use home modeling program, you have to try Sweet Home 3D.