SketchUp Model!

I have FINALLY finished a 3D model of my tiny house framing. It’s been a long journey.

I have tried using SketchUp multiple times over the past few years. I watched tutorials and attempted to make a 2×4 but I’d get frustrated and give up. Whoever created SketchUp must have a completely different way of thinking than I do, because I found the functions to be so counter-intuitive. I preferred drawing with my own hand (and a ruler) on paper so I could get exactly what I wanted. But the engineer I’ve been working with doesn’t like my amateur drawings, and I refuse to pay someone to do “proper” drawings. So, one of my goals for this winter was to try again with SketchUp and make a model that would be easier for the engineer to officially approve. After a lot of yelling at my screen about the stupid functions, it’s done!

Here are some screen grabs of my progress 🙂

Sketchup March 17

Sketchup March 18

Sketchup March 18 2

Sketchup March 31Sketchup March 31 2

Sketchup April 8

Sketchup April 8 2Sketchup April 8 3

Surprisingly, the rafters ended up being the easiest part. Let’s hope that’ll be true in real life too when I start putting them up! I did find two mistakes when I was putting this together. My math was slightly off for the studs above the wheel wells, so they were just a little bit taller than the regular studs. That explains why it was so difficult to get the top plate down in those places! The other is that I’m just missing a stud for a rafter that I can add in.

I don’t know how several tiny housers have done their whole design on this program. This is as much as I plan to do on this model. But it was cool to see it come together and think, “I’ve already built this!” 🙂 I sent the file off to the engineer, and she already reviewed the structure before I built it, so I should just get an official stamp of approval back. It’s a huge relief to have this checked off my to-do list!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Apr 08, 2016 @ 15:35:16

    Amazing! You have such incredible dedication! And it looks so professional 😮


  2. Lynne Ayers
    Apr 09, 2016 @ 13:46:37

    Very impressive, Natalie. Not just the post but your dedication to the project.


  3. Anonymous
    Apr 11, 2016 @ 17:26:44

    Natalie I looking forward to more pictures when the weather turns nice and you get your house out of storage. It is certainly an amazing project.


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