Design Your Own House
Let’s say that you have a specific idea for your house – the interior and/or the exterior, but you can’t find any pre-made plans that match your idea.
Apparently, Google SketchUp can come to your rescue.
It has a free trial and they say that it’s easy to use. You can get SketchUp Pro which is the full version of the software but that costs more than $500.
For many people, the free trial version is enough to get them started on designing their own house – the interior and the exterior.
The pro version of the software is most commonly used by architects, builders, designers and engineers however they say that it is easy enough for the rest of us to use too. Like most programs, it’ll probably take a little time and patience to get used to how it works before you can say it’s easy.
You can get some of your great ideas out of your head and onto paper this way. It’s a great way to figure things out, make it work, and show other people what you’ve designed and created. The next step would be to build it.
And if you like what you can do, you could look into buying the software if you want to continue.
3D Modelling Software
What you get to create is not just an ordinary sketches – they can be done in 3D. That’s excellent!
You can start by drawing lines and shapes then you can push and pull those shaped objects to make them appear in 3D. You can also stretch the shapes to your liking, rotate them, and paint them the color you have in mind.
There is also an online SketchUp warehouse where you can find many objects that have already been created for you to use in your design ideas.
LayOut SketchUp Pro
If you want to go pro, they have an option for that however that will cost you. But what you’ll get in return is the ability to take your designs and presentations a little further with model views, a scaling option, the ability to adjust the line weights, add dimensions, callouts and even some graphics.
I’ve downloaded the trial version and am anxious to give it a try. I have lots of ideas for the house that I want to build and this seems like it will be the perfect venue for me to get those ideas out of my head and into something that I can actually show someone.
The good thing is that I don’t have any plans to start the new building for a while yet so I’ll have lots of time to start with the basics and grow my ideas and plans into something spectacular.
One idea at a time.
Exactly as they say. They say it may take a few attempts to get your design right – to the point where you are completely satisfied with it and ready to move forward. But to have the exact house design what you’ve always dreamed about will be well worth it in the end – something that is exactly “you” and something that you will be proud of.
SketchUp is one way that you may want to consider when planning and designing your new home.