We ran into a problem with the house plan we picked. It was for a log home and we want to stick build. No problem said the log home place, they can change it for just a few hundred bucks. Seven hundred to be precise. As it turns out, they'd have to design the house from scratch and not simply click a few buttons, so the estimate now is $3,000.
If we have to pay that kind of money, we might as well hire someone local in Fulton County to design it for us. To help speed the process along, I thought I'd learn how to use Google's SketchUp, a CAD program of sorts.
Well, I downloaded it, and I've been sitting here all day going through the tutorials. This is going to be pretty involved, I think. It took me most of the afternoon to create a trestle table following the tutorial that showed me each step.
I then decided to create a Greek column, just a few cylinders stacked on top of each other. Easy, right? Wrong. Somehow I've got it looking like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
You can see the table I made, which came out OK. I have no idea who that lady is or why she's standing there.
Above is a house I was practicing designing. I think next I'm going to do a floor plan and then use it to raise the walls and stick a roof on it.