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a mock-up of a preview of a sketch of a concept

Friday, May 14th, 2010 by

So, assuming we get to build Fred on the piece of land that my beautiful bride fell in love with, what is it going to look like? Well, perhaps nothing like these pictures but, just maybe, a fair bit like these pictures.

(Click on the images for a large view)

These are the very first conceptual sketches that our architect has shared with us. Our main motivation right now is to understand the potential price of a certain type and size of building, how the building might fit on the aforementioned land, and to check all of that against our budget. It will be interesting to see how much the final design—which we probably won’t settle on for at least a few more months—varies from these very preliminary SketchUp renderings.

BTW, I love SketchUp, so I was really psyched when I found out that our architects used it for these quick conceptual renderings. Now I just have to keep myself from “improving” the drawings that were done by folks that actually have architecture degrees and certifications. Yeah, whatever.

With that being said, SketchUp is pretty easy to learn, and there are tons of tutorial videos on YouTube. The price of the software is the ever-popular “free to you from Google”, so there’s not much risk in trying it out. If you ever want to play architect for a few hours—and don’t feel like dropping $10k+ on AutoCAD—you can do some amazing work with SketchUp, especially when you start downloading all of the house components that they have in the 3D Warehouse.

Anyway, back to Fred! We probably want a few more windows, and we really haven’t figured out all the internal spaces yet—these are just shells so far—but the single story, courtyard style is definitely on the right track.

Assuming that we build on that piece of land. Stay tuned for updates on that!

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2 Responses to “a mock-up of a preview of a sketch of a concept”

  1. Lin Teichman says:

    Interesting design idea. Why the separate buildings connected by halls/breezeways? I get the feeling that the two of you are creating your private spaces… and you may or may not see each other in the course of a day. Or am I reading this wrong?

  2. Kevin says:

    We’ll definitely see each other; it’s not that big of a house! We’re actually not totally sold on the connectors component, so that will probably change (note the title of the post…).
    The three sections will be:

  3. public/living (great room, kitchen, piano area, etc.)
    private (master bed/bath, closet, laundry)
    work (Laura’s studio, my studio, library)
  4. And then the garage and workshop area, which still needs significant work; it’s not completely represented in the sketches yet.

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