For several weeks now I have been making sketches and working with different layouts for the new shop/building. It’s been a challenge to come up with something that will work with my property because I have two things that are important to me.
I want to add onto my current garage and I do not want to block sight lines from my kitchen breakfast nook area and window . There are so many things to consider when building, it’s important to take your time and work with the thoughts and ideas you have over a long period of time. Simple things like moving snow from a proposed entry drive can end up costing you $$.$$ without taking the time to plan ahead. It takes patience. But, in the end you’ll cover more possibilities and eliminate more problems and that really is my aim.
Over the weeks and with many ideas hacked around, I finally got over a lot of not-so-likeable-ideas and found a good solution that agreed with what was important to me. Most of the problems centered around attaching to my garage. Which would be an advantage because it would be one or two less walls I would have to build and that would save quite a bit of money. Save money, build more and bigger because EVERYONE knows, you can never build a building big enough. Anyway, getting the roof line to work out finally jelled.
Since planning ahead means not only the thinking part, it means coming up with material estimates which means drawing out plans and figuring the structure, in other words, how to build the thing and with what. I can do that easy enough with sketches and a simple list of materials but I’m inclined to take the time to do it more professionally by using what the big boys use to design buildings these days, really cool software.
I have learned how to use so many software applications it has almost become second nature. The thing is, as I have learned more and more technology, the less I need it, it’s just an age thing. I decided that if I removed all technology from my life, I would be just fine. I really do enjoy all of it though. And being an artist/creative type, I hate to miss out on a chance to deliver pretty drawings over hand sketches.
So, I stumbled upon a link in a forum to Sketchup. Last time I attempted to draw out anything other than by hand, I used a CAD or a simple paint/drawing type program. Neither of which I care for as they both have limitations and way to many options to just get the job done. I’ll be spending, probably the next few weeks, some time getting to know the ropes of Sketchup and hopefully learn enough to create some kick butt drawings and material lists.