Category Archives: Design

My Favorite Tool

Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp

My constant companion throughout this whole process has been my favorite new tool – Google SketchUp.  In fact, I’m not really sure I would have gone through with this project if it had not been for SketchUp.  SketchUp is unquestionably the best 3D design tool I have ever used.  It has allowed me to test new ideas, refine them, and throw them away if necessary – without wasting any building materials.  Continue reading

The Initial Design

Cabin exterior in Google SketchUp

Cabin exterior in Google SketchUp

I started designing the cabin sometime during the Winter of 2008/2009.  There were a lot of different configurations I was considering – one or two story, three or four containers, and whether or not to cut new openings into the containers.  Most of my initial work was with paper and pencil to quickly try out different layouts.  If something showed promise, I would move to SketchUp to see how it worked there.  Continue reading