Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Building a new back porch...

Well I am at the end of the preparation stage of rebuilding my back porch. I've got a few skilled friends helping me out with the framing, but for my part I did do the actual design using a very cool program called Sketchup. By the way if anyone wants to learn a 3D app... this is a great one to start with. The learning curve does exist but it is far less than most of the big 3D applications in use today by professionals. Here are some stills of my final design:




The design doesn't include electrical and inside finishing like drywall, but that might come later. By far the most impressive thing about Sketchup is that Google provides the basic application for FREE! They of course have a Pro version, but as far as I can tell all of the animation and 3D drawing tools are available in the free version. They have also got some very helpful training videos on Google's Sketchup page.


I will try to get some real photos taken through the building process and post them (but I have to get my camera fixed first). **On an unrelated note... I tried videoing the toad's firefly induced illumination but when I turn the lights off, my video camera completely loses focus and I can't figure out how to capture the event... however the unstable brewmeister witnessed the events firsthand and he will tell you I'm not lying.

5 comments:

The Irascible Neufonzola said...

Funny, I downloaded SketchUp a few weeks ago, just on a whim because I was glancing through what new free software Google was peddling.

Are there any shape/element libraries or templates, like they have in MS Visio? That is what had me stalled...it seemed like you had to draw every shape from scratch, which would take forever for me.

Percussivity said...

Not a lot, but if you go to the Windows menu and click on 'components' you can see what comes with it by default. I imagine you can import components, and of course there is a huge sketchup community that shares models and Google even has a sketchup model search: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/.

The Irascible Neufonzola said...

Awesome that was what I was looking for. I might try modelling our new finished basement project just for fun.

J B Paul said...

That space looks like a good place to repay my debt for beer, pizza, and poker to ya. We still need to decide a date.

Percussivity said...

Well... I am probably at least a couple months from this porch being 100% finished, but I suppose good things sometimes come to those who wait.