|Me on CAD. I think this whole idea was a big
Sketch-UP RENDERS wih actual guest house dimensions. Also conceptual renders of proposed large house. ICF
rebar images as well. The Portland Concrete Association produces the ultimate guide for engineering ICF, and is a
must for those planning to DIY (you can buy it here). Purchase the "Prescriptive Method for Concrete Forms in
Residential Construction." If you need to know how high, how wide, how big an opening, where to put your rebar, how
much, etc. This is the book everybody copies, including the IRC. Order online.
Autocad FILES we created for actual construction. You really do have to build the house before
you build the house. Uggh!
|LINWOOD Custom Cedar Plans from
sketches for "Guest House." See
Cedardesigns.com in Links. This home
was pre-cut into the proper stud sizes
rafters etc. and is an incredible time saver.
It also creates very little waste. I would not
hesitate to use this system again.
The foamcore model
of the guest house.
|Our HP Draftsmaster II purchased on Govliquidation.com used as
a jungle gym. When you see this thing work you must marvel at
mans capacity for invention! Don't forget the program WINLINE to
translate your primitive HPGL to WINDOWS XP. UPDATE: I
purchased an inkjet plotter for the same money and is much
better, I wouldn't fool with the old style unless you love a hobby.
Tools for the house: Never order a 1200 lb. tool without a forklift! This is
my 12" Grizzly Jointer. I had to get this into the garage with wooden
levers! Now I know how the great pyramids were built!
ECO-block Arrives in February 2006. One full 55' tractor
trailer. 1 friend and a generous Indian driver to unload the
whole truck. Not the best idea. Thanks Charles!
The well is done!
|Ahhh! Spring! Ready to
My staircase of insanity! I worked about 3 weeks on my
staircase, until I discovered something called the IRC
2003. Then I swore for the next two! It did help simplify
construction and I'm sure it will be safer. But doesn't my
balsa model look good! I used AutoCAD to plot a scaled
template the I then glued the printed pieces to bass and
balsa wood. Cut out the pieces and assembled with a hot
glue gun which rules!
I recommend purchasing the IRC Code books online as
a PDF. It's cheaper than the hard copy and can be
searched at digital speed. Also the Codecheck series
from Taunton Press is very useful and don't forget Fine
Homebuilding, and Fine Woodworking, they are the root
cause of all of this!
Sketch-UP RENDER to previz color design and textures and materials. Notice how poorly
proportioned the first model is. The only problem with Sketch-up is you become too excited to
see the final product and rush to the end!
Translating our engineers (Dewberry and Davis) topo survey into a 3D map that would allow me
to predict how deep the house should sit on the land, and how much dirt would be required to
be removed. I simply "traced" a scanned copy of the original topo, offset the contours and
skinned them with a 3D mesh.
Sketchup is very useful
not only to previsualize
design, but can also
calculate surface area,
for drywall, surface area
for heat loss calcs,
visualize details and
cross -sections for your
A basic version is now
FREE thanks to google.
|OK... Daddy has an
excuse to blow off
Don't forget Guy Fawkes
Day in New Zealand.
Plus lots of
2. Sketch-up parts "flattened"
for plotting. Then cut and
pasted to wood.