Discoveries: Columns Spanning Multiple Floors

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Every now and then as we work with the tool we discover some neat little tips and tricks or unique ways to do something. I’m going to use this space to make short blogs sharing these thoughts with you.


Creating Columns that span multiple floors

With the recent introduction of holes, you can create interior spaces that can span multiple floors much easier.  The first thing I wanted to recreate was that sense of majestic space you get when you see these floor spanning columns.  It was actually very simple! Let me show you!

Step 1: Floor Height
First thing we are going to do is edit the Floor Height to make the next steps a little easier on us.   HomeByMe’s default Floor Height is 8 feet and 2 7/16 inches, and I normally round it down to 8 feet or 96 inches.

Step 2: Add floors


You’ll need an additional floor or two and thats as easy to add as two clicks!   On the top right of the screen you’ll see the floor selector, use this UI element to add new floors to your design.

Step 3: Add a hole


Head back to the Built Tab and you’ll find the available hole shapes to insert into your design.  Use the Select a floor widget in this mode to switch to the level you want to create the hole and drag it in!

Step 4: Select a Column


You have two options for creating columns in HomeByMe, The difference in the two are the options.  The column under the Build Tab -> Technical elements allows you to edit the height and radius only.  It’s surface is also segmented into vertical bars, presenting different options to add color to the column than our other choice.

The column under the Furnish Tab – for all rooms -> Free shapes is a free form cylinder.  You can edit the height, width and depths of this cylinder, allowing you to create more interesting shapes or combination of shapes.  It’s surface is one continuous shape, so painting it is a little easier but no vertical patterns like our previous option.

Step 5: Place the column


Once you have selected the type of column that best suits your needs, you’ll need to place it on the LOWEST FLOOR and raise the height through any additional floors above it.  This is very important, as you cannot create a column on the first floor and move it down a to the ground floor.

Step 6: Editing the height


Just a tiny bit of math I promise! Each floor is 96 inches, if I want columns that span 2 floors that is 96 + 96 = 192 inches.   There is a hidden value here, and that is the floor thickness between levels.   For simplicity I’ve rounded this value to 8 inches giving us a total column height of 200 inches.


There you have it!  Go forth and create Athena’s temple!

How to enlarge/reduce wall images proportionally

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All HomeByMe paintings and photos have a certain size when you put them in your project. Many times you’ll want to change that size to fit your space. The image’s proportions (width by height) should be kept the same to make sure that the image looks right after you make your changes. This post will show you how. Warning: a small dose of simple math is required. If doing math makes you unhappy or queasy, then the method for you is to just make guesses until it looks right to you. Either way, the idea is to be aware of the concept of proportions so that your images and projects look more realistic.


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In this formal living room symmetry and sizing are important. The image on the wall is the focal point of the scene. When I add the image straight from the library it looks OK, but it’s a little small for the space.


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When I click on the image and then the Edit properties icon (1), I’m shown the current size of the image in Imperial units (2), which is my default setting. The sizes seem almost random, but remember that they have all been converted from Metric units.


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All I have to do is go to the Settings control panel (1) and change my Units to be Metric (2). Now, when I open the image properties (3), the relationship between the width and height (4) is more manageable for the next steps.


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Here comes the math, so if you have to, cover your eyes and skip this part. Depending on whether you want to make your image bigger or smaller, follow the simple steps below.



To choose a new taller height and then find the correct width:

When I divide 120 (Width) by 80 (Height), I find that the width is 1.5 times longer than the height. Whatever new height I choose, I just have to multiply it by 1.5 to find the correct width to keep the image proportions correct.


To choose a new longer width and then find the correct height:

Whatever new width I choose, I just have to divide it by 1.5 to find the correct height to keep the image proportions correct.


Now that I know what my sizing factor is, I can change back to Imperial units and check the image properties (1). I have a better feeling for how long 6′ is rather than 182.88 cm.  Then I tried a few different widths to find the approximate size I wanted. A good width turned out to be 72″ (2). You can see that I haven’t changed the height yet and the image does look odd (3). If you are not familiar with or don’t want to deal with fractions just use metric units instead and then switch back to Imperial units to continue working on your project. You can go back and forth as much as you want.


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Since I want to keep the same proportions as I increase the size of the image, I divide my new width (72″) by 1.5 and get a new height of 48″. After opening the image properties (1) and making the change (2) my image looks just right.


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You use the same process when you want to make an image smaller.



To choose a new shorter height and then find the correct width:

After switching to metric units again, when I divide 120 (Width) by 80 (Height), I see that the width is still 1.5 times as long as the height. Whatever new height I choose, I just have to multiply it by 1.5 to find the correct width to keep the image proportions correct.


To choose a new shorter width and then find the correct height:

Whatever new width I choose, I just have to divide it by 1.5 to find the correct height to keep the image proportions correct.


Here’s a case where I wanted to make the images smaller to see whether a grouping of six images above the couch would be more interesting than just one.


HomeByMe lets you create your own 3D home and decor


If you have your eyes covered, it’s OK to come out now. The math part is over and so is this post. Have fun!


Now it’s your turn!

How to create sloped walls

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A hotly anticipated update to HomeByMe, Sloped Ceilings have arrived!  In this blog, I’m going to show you how to get started with this new tool, creating simple and more complex Sloped Wall rooms!


What is it?

A Sloped Ceiling is a wall or section of wall that is not perpendicular to the floor.  It can start at any height from near floor level to near ceiling level. Additionally it can be narrow or extend across the entire room.   Here are some examples of what a Sloped ceiling is and how much character it can add to a room.
So lets get started!  To create a sloped ceiling simply click on any existing wall to see the new parameters available. Our commitment to creating the home that you wish, quickly and easily, is never more evident than with this tool!


Just seeing how quickly you can get the desired effects makes you wan to jump right in right!  Before you do, let me help you break down the properties panel and demonstrate some of the more advance techniques.

In the first image (1) you can see the corresponding Height and Depth values.  In this case the height of the base of the angled part of the wall.  However if you want to change the overall height of the wall, you will have to uncheck the “Same as floor height” check box and adjust accordingly.  Please not that this might introduce some cosmetic issues as your wall might poke through the ceiling or a second floor!
Now lets look at something a little bit more complex.  I’m going to show you how to incorporate window spaces into a sloped wall adding light, character and a sense of location to your project.  You might have seen projects like this on TV shows or even around your neighborhood :)
Similar to how some rooms are on the second floor of a home or a loft over a garage, it is a great space!  Lets look at how you too can create this segmented sloped wall.

First you need to create the divisions of the wall separating the window sections from the sloped wall sections. This is easily done with some small wall sections.  This method is better than creating divisions on the wall by double clicking on a spot due to the additional benefit of being able to size accurately the partitions.

Step by Step Process:
A simple process, taking no more than a few minutes, will start you on your way!  I’ve also created a video tutorial demonstrating the entire process and final outcome.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions please tell us in our Support Community!

Friends’ Apartment in 3D: Oh… my… God!

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How u doin’? Since the show ended in 2004, everyone has been asking the same question: Is a Friends reunion coming to TV? Unfortunately, Courteney, Jennifer and the others have often denied this reunion.

But don’t worry, following the How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory‘s apartments in 3D that we recreated a few weeks ago, we decided it was time to recreate one of TV’s Best Series of All Times’ apartment in 3D: FRIENDS!

Friends Kitchen


While designing this apartment in HomeByMe, we obviously couldn’t stop arguing about the best bits of the show! So we decided to share 3 of our favorites moments! It’s like we never were on a break!


3/ When Monica proposed to Chandler

monica proposal

2/ The one where Joey and Chandler claimed their newly-won apartment

Joey et Chandler

1/ The one with the apartment bet

the apartment bet friends

Ever wondered what was behind this door: here is a sneak peek!


placard secret monica

VUE plongeante friends

But obviously, so many other episodes were awesome and have left a mark on a us! Don’t hesitate to share your favorite episodes with us on our Facebook page!

PS: Great job to Guillemette, our marketing intern, who spent a couple hours designing this amazing apartment!

PS1: My personal favorite episode: The one where Brad Pitt hates Rachel! 

HomeByMe – November Project of the month winner!

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Please join us in congratulating carlota for winning the HomeByMe November Project of the month with her inviting project Fresh! I love this home because it was designed to have people enjoy it from the front porch to the back porch! We should all get together and have a party to help Carlota celebrate. Arriving at the front door, you’ll start to smile and relax as soon as you notice the cheerful flower boxes and comfortable benches ready to welcome any visitor.


11-3-front-porch-600 border


Looking in from the top shows how having guests and having a good time are central to the design. When you enter Carlota’s home (yellow arrow), you’re immediately in a vibrant, colorful space with plenty of comfortable seating. You can stay right there or move easily out onto the back porch to find numerous new places to enjoy yourself with your friends.




With the wonderful open design, it’s easy to mingle and share in the fun even if you’ve gone into the kitchen to help out and your friends are still enjoying the living room.




Viewing the overall plan makes it easy to see that the space devoted to entertaining dominates the home.




Looking in from the other side, you can see the bedrooms and bathrooms tucked neatly into one end of the home with generous amounts of space.




In good weather this would seem to be the number one spot to claim! Just imagine a good group of friends, good food and drink and you have all the ingredients for a great time.




The dining room is accessible directly from the kitchen and the porch. With large patio doors on two sides it’s almost like being outside.




Everyone’s favorite room, the kitchen is ready to serve as many people as can crowd in or just one with their own special island of comfort.




Since it’s right off the porch, the master bedroom is wonderfully lighted through the patio doors and two big windows. The necessities are behind the screen and right around the corner.




They may be necessary, but the bath and the lavatory have been thoughtfully sized and decorated.




This is a dream bedroom for a lot of young adults. There’s plenty of room decorated the way you like and everything you need is close by.




What better way is there to continue your visit than by checking out the grill to see what’s cooking? I’m sure it will be delicious. I can’t wait for the next adventure at Carlota’s house!





Now it’s your turn!


How to be creative with plants & flowers in HomeByMe

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Great landscaping is one of the most valuable things you can add to your home. Not only does it add value to a home when it comes time to sell it, but you also get to enjoy it every day. Our HomeByMe home decor projects should reflect this with additional creativity as needed.


For example, my monster US southwestern style Adobe Central Courtyard home design project is moving right along. I realized that in addition to the inside courtyard plantings (1 & 2), I needed to get busy with some outside landscaping too.  Since the home is in the virtual southwest, I need to be sensitive with my plantings so that they don’t require too much water.  I’ll be putting the first outdoor landscaping in the area (red box) outside the kitchen, which has its own small container gardens. It’s a great place to have a small plant nursery, gardens and free-standing plants to enjoy.


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.


The house is designed with thick adobe walls to help moderate the temperature inside. There are two private areas to relax inside the compound. After a dip to cool off, you can lounge around the pool (1), which is surrounded by plants for an even more comfortable feeling. You can also relax under the umbrella in the grassy area (2), which is lined with leafy bushes. They not only help keep things cool, but they also absorb some of the sound bouncing off all of the hard surfaces.


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.


BEFORE – The original Adobe Central Courtyard HomeByMe project file was already quite large, so I chopped off everything except the kitchen section. This is what I started with: some space, some plants and a heavy dose of inspiration.

How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.


AFTER – This is the end result, Adobe Home Gardens, complete with a plant nursery, a custom potting table, an outside building with storage and a washroom (so you don’t have to go inside to clean up), benches, a tiny sculpture garden, tables and chairs for enjoying the whole setup and night lighting to help you find your way. There are plenty of planting groups included and I’ll explain how I made each one.


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.


Here are the nine – make that ten – plants currently available in HomeByMe. The tree (Rooms>Outdoor>Outdoor vegetation) shown in the little inset was just added to the HomeByMe libraries as I was finishing this blog. I’m going to show you some techniques on how to make the most of them and throw in plenty of tips and tricks along the way. Every plant growing in the Adobe Home Gardens project is a copy or an alteration of one of these plants.


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.


Although you want each duplicate piece of furniture to be the same size and shape as the first one; in nature, plants do not all grow the same size or shape. It is important for a natural looking garden or even a simple row of bushes to make some of the plants slightly different sizes.


Having different heights is one valuable way to make a difference, but also try changing the width and depth to have lower and bushier plants when that is needed. Just click on the plant and you’ll see the tools you need. Click on the pencil tool (1) to open the Properties box to change your plant’s dimensions.


Many times you’ll want to have your plants look like they’re in the ground and not in a pot. It’s easy, just click on the Collision Detection box (2) to turn it off. This will allow you to use the Up/Down arrow (3) to push your plants through the ground so that you can hide the pots. This a key item to know and remember.


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.


The smaller plants do not have an Up/Down arrow or the Collision Detection box to lower them through the ground. You can make them bigger until they do have an Up/Down arrow (around 15″ tall should do it. You have to deselect and then reselect the plant to see the arrow. Once they’re in the ground you’ll need to make them smaller again.


But there’s a much easier method. Just keep a spare big plant close by and hold down the Cntrl key and select the big plant (1) first and then the smaller plant(s) you want to move (2). Now you can move the plants as a group. Next, turn off Collision Detection (3) and lower your small plants into the ground using the Up/Down arrow (4). Once they’re in the ground, click somewhere else in the project window to deselect the group. You can pop the smaller plants back to the surface by just selecting it again and moving it a little. Use the Up/Down arrow on the bigger plants.


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.


If you look in the plant nursery you’ll see rows of plants with the “soil” mounded up around them. This is done for a variety of reasons to help the plants grow better. In this example you’ll see eight cacti in the ground using the method above and another eight where the pots sit on the ground and a mound of soil is being moved over to cover them. The mound is simply a soil-colored Free shape (Rooms>For all rooms>Free shapes) that’s sized to cover the pots.


(Just a note: when you’re selecting your soil color, use Fabric colors since there are so many to choose from and they always appear with a flat or matte finish. Glossy soil would look odd.)


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.


This row of bushes and accent plants all started with the same default sizes. Changing them just a little bit makes them look much more natural. Lights behind the plants throw off great shadows and highlights to make the simple planting look even better.


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.


It’s also important for natural looking plants to rotate a few of them so they are lined up slightly differently. This is easiest to do when in the 2D mode of Furnish. Just select the plant and click on the blue circle and move it until it’s where you want it.


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.


When you see leaves overlapping the structure around it, be sure to check in 3D mode to make sure that the leaves are separate from the structure. This especially important when using plants that have leaves that naturally curve down below the edge of the pot they’re in as shown by the leaves showing below the red lines.


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.

The easiest way to hide the pot is to make it the same color as the soil around it (1). Another way is to make a Free shape cylinder that is just the right size (2) and make it the same color as the soil around it. Then use 2D mode to center it on the ground below the plant. Then go back to 3D mode and move the plant – with Collision detection turned off – down through the cylinder until you can’t see the pot or potting soil anymore (3). You can still see the pot below the ground here because there isn’t any ground surrounding the plant.


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.


You can use the same method to put your plants into big pots (Rooms>Outdoor>Outdoor decoration) or vases (Rooms>For all rooms> Home decor>Vases).


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.


One way to create dramatic lighted raised beds for your plants is to create your walls (1) in Build mode and then add a Free shape block of “soil” (2). The Free shape can be bigger than the space inside the walls, just make sure you turn off Collision detection when you move it into place. Use the 2D button in Furnish mode to position your soil, plants and lights (3). Then go back to 3D, turn off Collision detection and move them into place vertically (4). The lighting will be even better if the planter is up against a wall to show off the shadows and highlights.


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.


If you want your planters to be the same color all over (the tops of planters built using walls will always be white), make them using Free shapes (1). Each Free shape block will be the same color/texture all over. After you’ve created the planter, add soil (2) and your plants (3) following the same steps described above.


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.


Some of the plants can also be used in many different sizes and still look realistic. The tallest bush can be changed from little tiny ones, like in the nursery all the way up to big trees like the ones behind the gardening structure. In this project the big “trees” help provide a strong background for the landscaping and add a size comparison that puts the house size in perspective too.


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.



To be able to take care of the plants, a potting bench is a great tool to have. I wanted a BIG bench, so I built my own using Free shapes (and some kitchen accessories). Now I can be steps away from both the kitchen and the nursery.


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.


Since I mentioned the kitchen, let’s go inside for a minute and see how easy it is to liven up the inside of your project too. Even a simple arrangement of several plants will make the room look more lived in. They also add details and color right where you need it.


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.



Indoor planters can be made the same way as when you’re outside. Use a Free shape container (1), Free shape soil (2) and then add plants (3) resized to fit your design.


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.



The landscaping and extra outdoor rooms look great! Now I can really enjoy it when I need some time outdoors.


How to use landscaping to transform your HomeByMe home decor projects.



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How to use the NEW HomeByMe stairs

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HomeByMe has recently introduced a major new upgrade which includes some great improvements in Stairs. The new version offers far more functionality and will definitely help you get just the look you want in your home design projects!


Stairs are important in any setting that requires movement between two floors. Safety is the number one concern, so be sure that you are aware of the building code standards in your area as you work on your home design projects. The size requirements of the stair components are meant to be safe and functional for both people and for furniture clearance. I know I’ve had more than a few tricky situations during my many moves.


I tried to think of an example of stairs being a critical part of the structure and realized that lighthouses usually have plenty of stairs, so I created one in order to be able to show you some of the ins and outs of using HomeByMe stairs.


Using stairs in HomeByMe's home design software


You add and modify stairs in your project while you’re in the Build mode (1). Once you’re there, click on Stairs (2) and you’ll find our selection of stairs (3).


Using stairs in HomeByMe's home design software


Just click on the one that looks right for your situation and drag it into your floor plan. Here I’ve put all of our stairs into one floor plan so I can show you what they look like in both 2D and 3D. All of them have the default height of 8′ 2 7/16″ to match the default wall heights. If you use a different wall height, be sure to change your stairs too as shown in the next step.


Using stairs in HomeByMe's home design software


Once the stairs are in your floor plan, they’re easy to change so that you get what you want in each project. Just click on the stairs and the properties will be displayed. The ones shown here are the default settings. Now you can easily match up your stair height with your wall height and change the the overall number of steps (1). It’s also easy to show your Risers (the vertical part of each step) or not, choose which side(s) you want your handrails to appear, and decide whether you want a Landing or not (2).  Changing your Hopper setting (3) determines what happens when you add another floor on top of this one. I’ll give details about Landings and Hoppers right after this.


Using stairs in HomeByMe's home design software


The stairs by default wind up the staircase, which results in triangular shaped steps (see image above) as you change direction going up or down the stairs. Another way to change directions is to add a Landing, which is rectangular and somewhat easier to  use. All it takes is a click (1) to change your stairs to have a Landing (2).


Using stairs in HomeByMe's home design software


A Hopper is also called a stairwell. If you leave the Hopper setting at Yes, when you add your next floor it will already have the stairwell cut out for you (1). If you choose No, then the stairwell is not be cut out (2). As Guillemette pointed out to me, this is very handy when your design needs a mezzanine (3) or other features that you can create using Floor holes.


Using stairs in HomeByMe's home design software


Moving and resizing your stairs is now much easier and has more functionality. To move your entire set of stairs just click on an open space and drag in any direction. The stairs will snap to walls in the same way that furniture and furnishings do.


Using stairs in HomeByMe's home design software


To rotate the entire set of stairs just click anywhere on the blue circle and drag it where you want it.


Using stairs in HomeByMe's home design software


Resize your stairs and keep the stair width the same by clicking and dragging any of the lines in the center of each stair segment.


Using stairs in HomeByMe's home design software


To your resize your stairs and change the step sizes, click on any of the three outer lines and drag it. Watch your measurements carefully because this is the only way to change them.


Using stairs in HomeByMe's home design software


To move stair segments at an angle, click on the blue dots and drag them. You can make some very interesting stairs!


Using stairs in HomeByMe's home design software


To reverse the stairs, click on the blue dots on either end of the arrow and drag it in the opposite direction. You can reverse one end or both depending on your design.


Using stairs in HomeByMe's home design software


Now that your stairs are sized and going in the direction you want, you’ll need to leave clear spaces at the top and bottom of the staircases. Usually the minimum required distance (2) is the same as or bigger than the width of an individual step.


Using stairs in HomeByMe's home design software


Don’t forget, you should add protection around the holes to prevent people from walking over the edges of the stairwells! One way to do this is to draw new walls and make them about the height of the baluster as shown in this example.


Using stairs in HomeByMe's home design software


You can also use Free shapes (Rooms>For all rooms>Free shapes) to create the walls. Here in the lighthouse, I’ve used Free shapes because I wanted them to be bright yellow all over for safety. Walls will always have a white top and edges. That reminds me to mention that you can’t add a color to the floor thickness yet (red arrow).


Using stairs in HomeByMe's home design software


Another functional requirement for stairs is the headroom (1). I’m tall and I’ve whacked my head many times when the clearance wasn’t quite enough. You can add a Free shape to fill in some of the stairway hole if you need to, but check the headroom clearance carefully by putting a Character (Rooms>For all rooms> Characters) on the stair step directly below the edge of the Free shape. The Character I chose is just over 6′ 1″ so there should be plenty of room in this case. If you’re designing space that will be used by tall people, they will thank you!


Using stairs in HomeByMe's home design software


When you’re looking in the HomeByMe Gallery for other examples of how to use stairs, check the number of rooms that are listed. If the project as shown looks fairly simple, but has a high number of rooms (1), it is likely to be a multi-floor project. Click on the Copy button in the lower right (2) to open the project in HomeByMe where you can then review each floor and see how they handled their stairs. This example has two more floors to explore (3 and 4).


Using stairs in HomeByMe's home design software

The Town House project was created by 3ddycmendez


I hope these explanations and examples help you more easily use stairs in HomeByMe.


Now it’s your turn!



HomeByMe – October Project of the month winner!

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This beautiful home includes two floors and 25 rooms, all detailed to be the very best. Please join us in congratulating rijecemo for winning the HomeByMe October Project of the month with the project Casa Royal!


Home created using HomeByMe


I’ll start the grand tour on the first floor with a numbered plan view to make it easier to know where the featured rooms are. The interior rooms flow nicely from the entryway (at the bottom) passing by the living room and central stairway. Next up is the beautifully detailed kitchen which branches off to the more formal dining room, a laundry room and even a bedroom (complete with a full bath). The back yard is great too, including a fountain, swing, corner seating, a gazebo, outdoor fireplace, a portable heater and an area for lounging to top it all off.


Home created using HomeByMe


num 1The kitchen is always my favorite room to visit and practically live in. Casa Royal’s kitchen looks like it’s ready to serve up a banquet whenever it’s needed.


Kitchen created using HomeByMe


num 2Once the meal is prepared, you can stay in the kitchen and eat at the counter or move easily into the more formal dining room.



Dining room created using HomeByMe


num 3After enjoying a sumptuous meal, it’s time to relax, talk and enjoy the living room. The fireplace is so inviting and a there’s a soft couch just a few steps away. You may have to wake me up later.


Living room created using HomeByMe


num 4Or I can head out of the kitchen into the backyard where I can enjoy the fresh air while in the shade of the gazebo or warm up in the sun on a lounger. An outdoor fireplace or the portable heater can keep you warm on cool autumn evenings. The sound of the fountain adds tranquility throughout this outdoor space.


Backyard created using HomeByMe


The more private areas of the home are on the second floor. When it’s time to relax and enjoy some quiet, this is the place to be.


Home design project created with HomeByMe


The space is used well to include a master bedroom; with a sun porch, a giant master bathroom and even room for a reading/relaxing area. Another bedroom with full bath is next to the nursery. And let’s not forget the large den and home office!


Home created using HomeByMe





num 1For reading, gaming and taking care of business there is a nice office space with a large shelving unit behind us and space for a visitor’s chair as well.


Home office created using HomeByMe


num 2After a busy day, it’s a pleasure to enjoy a complete master suite. The muted color palette adds to the feeling of relaxation. Included is a wonderful sun porch to the left and a master bath is to the right. Or you can just rest on the lounge.


Master bedroom created using HomeByMe


Creating Casa Royal took a large effort. A substantial amount of planning, building and furnishing was required to reach this level of excellence. Hats off again for rijecemo!


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The Big Bang Theory Apartment in 3D, Bazinga!

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Bazinga ! Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment is ready! You can now dive into Apartment 4A and visit each corner of  Dr. Sheldon Cooper and Dr.Leonard Hofstadter’s universe, the 2 main scientists of the well known American TV show “The Big Bang Theory”, created in 2007.

BBT vue haut


Their flat is the place where most of their adventures occurs: that’s where they eat Chinese, watch television, play video games, read Comic Books, try new cosplays, and meet with their “nerd” friends Howard and Raj and their pretty neighbor Penny (a waitress who works at the “Cheesecake Factory”).


Our team really enjoyed designing it as we discovered in their apartment a lot of geeky accessories and incredible comic books inspired objects. We couldn’t recreate them all because of their specific shapes but we had a lot of fun trying to be as realistic as possible.  We recreated the flat thanks to a 2D floor plan designed by artist Inaki Aliste Lizarralde that we uploaded on HomeByMe.


Here is the original 2D plan :





Once the walls were built, we entirely furnished the flat. Here’s the result in 3D:

VUE plongeante BBT




So, as Howard would say, step now into the “Nerdvana”:


That’s MY spot :

livingroom bbt



This is the living-room where you can find the couch and Sheldon’s private spot on the left end of the couch: a particular seat that is his, and no one else is allowed to sit in it.  Sheldon’s explanation: ”in the winter that seat is close enough to the radiator to remain warm and yet not so close as to cause perspiration. In the summer it’s directly in the path of a cross breeze created by opening windows there and there. It faces the television at an angle that is neither direct, thus discouraging conversation, nor so far wide as to create a parallax distortion. “


The kitchen, open to the living room:

cuisine bigbang


Sheldon’s bedroom:




Leonard’s bedroom:

leonard's bedroom



The bathroom:



We hope you liked it! The apartment is currently decorated as it was when Leonard and Sheldon lived there in Season 1, but the artwork changes frequently, so feel free to redecorate it by copying the project in HomeByMe. Don’t hesitate to share it with your friends on Facebook , and to follow us on Twitter.


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HomeByMe will be at Foire de Marseille 2014

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For the first time, HomeByMe will be attending Foire de Marseille, one of the biggest trade show in the South of France with its partner MH DECO-a network of interior design and architecture consultants.


Foire de Marseille


MH Deco, as a partner of Foire de Marseille, will be offering coaching session during the 2 weeks trade show. As for HomeByMe, we will be introducing a 3D demo point where you’ll be able to design your floor plan in 2D and 3D as well as furnish your home prior to your coaching session.


Our demo point will be available on September 26th, 27th and 28th and on October 4th and 5th!

Find out more about HomeByMe right here! (Teaser in french)


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