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I downloaded the Google Sketch-up program over a year ago and did nothing with it for a couple of months. My first projects where of shipping container homes – simple enough to execute but the possibilities are limited only by ones imagination. A great starting place for learning Google Sketch-up. I then graduated to designing a small modified A-frame – Michael Janzen of the “Tiny House Design” blog liked these models so much he asked me if he could post them to the blog. Since then I steadily developed my model making skills to making geodesic domes – a tiny travel trailer that I call the “Mobile Surf Shack” and a larger, passive solar shipping container home called the “Sawtooth Saltbox”. My objectives with Sketch-up has never been ( in any complete sense)  about improving my Sketch-up skills but about visualizing the many number of design ideas that I would have at any one time but in doing this I have become somewhat proficient at Sketch-up.I downloaded the Google Sketch-up program over a year ago and did nothing with it for a couple of months. My first projects where of shipping container homes – simple enough to execute but the possibilities are limited only by ones imagination. A great starting place for learning Google Sketch-up. I then graduated to designing a small modified A-frame – Michael Janzen of the “Tiny House Design” blog liked these models so much he asked me if he could post them to the blog. Since then I steadily developed my model making skills to making geodesic domes – a tiny travel trailer that I call the “Mobile Surf Shack” and a larger, passive solar shipping container home called the “Sawtooth Saltbox”. My objectives with Sketch-up has never been ( in any complete sense)  about improving my Sketch-up skills but about visualizing the many number of design ideas that I would have at any one time but in doing this I have become somewhat proficient at Sketch-up.So why “You and your Wacky Sketch-Up Projects That Never Go Anywhere”. Well I am not being hard on my ideas , it’s just that I have a problem of  not completely finishing any given project – when I hit an idea “brick wall” I quickly go off on another project. My friends suffer through the many e-mails of “wacky” , half completed model projects and I; at times, tend to put off the day-to-day planing stuff like “that canoeing , camping trip with the dog”.This blog is an attempt to organizes my design ideas – to hopefully get reader input into my ideas – to successfully “finish” these ideas – and to bring a little more balance to my life.To give you an idea of my design sensibilities I will leave you with a blog post that I made to a site last year. The blog article was about a modular shipping container home design in which someone commented “basic children’s blocks” and ” be a little more creative”

“How much more creative can you get?!!!You are given a large strong box – saved it from the scrap heap – you imagine how people can live and thrive inside this cast-off box and then allow people to modify these ideas to custom fit their lives into these boxes without the major “bank slavery”.It’s like a good pop tune – some will find the format of popular music limiting and will produce dreck but some gifted individuals ( oh, lets say Elvis Costello) can work within the limits of the format; be challenged by the limitations and can create something that transcends the confines of the formatted box.Architecture is not about the box , it’s about ideas – shelter, culture, the human condition.”

Craig

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kevin permalink
    January 30, 2011 10:27 pm

    Love the ISBU house. Hope you don’t mind if I build one some day.

  2. March 13, 2011 3:30 am

    Hi Craig,
    I found your site through a piece on Alex Klein’s renaissanceronin site. I like your designs, especially the “Bright ISBU,” and your good advice. On the post on renaissanceronin you wrote “…if I could help other families; in some small way, build safe affordable homes that they could be proud of – that would be very rewarding.” Perhaps you would be interested in providing me with a little help. I might even be able to pay you a few bucks or provide some service in return. I have a 1.3 acre lot on a nice, quiet islan in the caribbean. I already have a container with a galvanized roof over it and an adjoining 1500 gal water tanks that gets water from the rain on the roof. I am getting ready to start on a small dwelling incorporating another container or two. I downloaded Google SketchUp but haven’t made much progress on learning it. Would you be interested in helping me with some Google SketchUp renderings if I could describe what I have in mind and e-mail you some crude drawings I made with pen and ruler? Thanks, Tom

  3. December 18, 2011 1:30 pm

    I too need sketch up help as I can’t seem to grasp the system and I am running out of time healthwise. I am looking to do a 400 SqFt Santa Fe style with parapets and solar roof panels. I have a floor plan and all windows/doors will be at 96″ and the celing at 108″(windows and doors not to exceed 25% of wall surface). I have enough plans for an E-Book off this format but can not seem to find a partner that has interest of doing something besides McMansions. Had the same problem when I sold real estate so retired from that to persue this area of small homes.
    Tugboatwilly

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