Monday, September 9, 2013

Designing the half bath

There's going to be a small half bathroom on the first floor that will also provide access to the back of a built-in aquarium.   As I had a pretty specific notion of how I want it to be framed, I decided to bite the bullet and see if I could model it in Sketchup.  Luckily I stumbled upon a nice tutorial about using Sketchup to create a framing model.  Several hours later and I had the model shown below.

Not only did Sketchup help me to create drawings that I can now share with the builders, it also helped me to really refine the design of the room.  Pretty powerful stuff and even more so when you consider that the basic version is free.  Sketchup does have a fairly steep learning curve but it's worth the effort.  Now I wish I had learned to use it months ago to model the entire house.

Large open areas above and below the tank to provide
access to the filtration, lighting system and the tank itself.

The door to the half bath will be a pocket door so
the rough opening is double width.

How cool is that?!  Sketchup calls this style "brushstrokes on canvas"
Be sure to click it to see it full size.

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