I'm in a different camp. When building stuff for myself, even though I
might have created explicit plans, I continually find myself making
small and large modifications along the way. Sometimes it leads to
disaster, but it mostly turns out better than I'd hoped.
Since I live in an apartment, I usually draw and plan in the winter
and build in the other seasons. Drawing season is rapidly approaching.
Ashamed to say that I've yet to start experimenting with Sketchup. I
keep finding myself going back to a several years old copy of Adobe
Fireworks ~ mostly I guess because I know it. It's certainly not on
par with Sketchup, but it's familiar and easy for me to use. But then,
I'm not building at the frenzied rate you appear to be doing.
I drew a model of our house using a copy of the floor plan portion of the
builders blue prints of our current home. The model is pretty accurate even
though I added the dimensions of the walls, doors, windows, arches, etc.
No roof, so to speak. With AutoCAD I drew our previous home from my own
measurements. I used and use these models to see how a new piece of
furniture will look and fit. I can look at any point of view and get a
really good idea of what the end result will look like. Our 8'x8' pantry
that I build about 18 months ago was going to originally be a single dark
Mocha color. After putting it in the model and viewing how it looked from
the entry way of the house I decided that it was way too much dark brown so
I made it two tone and that looked much better. I typically no longer
make changes mid course in building so the building goes much faster.
Try learning Shetchup by drawing your apartment! It is something you can
always use to help plan other furniture projects that you build for
Yeah, I could do that. Any apartment I've ever moved into, I've first
sketched out the floor plan on graph paper. For the current
entertainment centre I'm using, I graphed out the floor of the largest
elevator in my apartment and sized the entertainment centre to just be
able to fit into it through the door.
I know, I know, it's just another thing I have to do and haven't
gotten to yet. Maybe next year. ~:)
On Friday, September 6, 2013 4:10:31 PM UTC-5, Leon wrote:
Counting the TV, but not counting the upper pictures, there are 5 different
colors in that whole niche area. Usually, that many contrasting colors ma
kes for an awkward scenario, i.e., looking really busy. But it all actual
ly coordinates pretty well. I'm sure with the console (dominant walnut co
lor), it'll look even better. I like it. Good job!
And the division of the walnut panels lends itself to the openness of the a
rea, i.e., not congesting the whole view, as I think a solid, one piece pan
el may have done. That was a good idea to separate it, that way..... nice
Did you paint the back wall black, or is that some other back-boarding/inst
*Mike, his blue rabbit-eared slippers wouldn't have coordinated well with t
he rest of the scenario's colors.
Thank you. The bottoms of the pictures are over 8' high, the walls are 11'
tall. I love the height of our ceilings in this house and most of the
furniture I have built for this house has been built to proportions to
bring this out. I think that because I have so much wall space to work
with that nothing seems to be crowded.
Thank you again for noticing that detail.
Yes, actually my wide painted the wall flat black while I mowed the yard
this morning. And those shoes that you and Mike commented about ate my
Timberland yard shoes. :-)
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