Bungalow Project

In this project I had to complete the following:

– Design and Site Planning Worksheet
– Print reading Quiz
– Thumbnail sketches (3) of your possible floor plans on title-block (11” x 17”)
– Presentation drawing of chosen floor plan and elevations (front and one side) with
– dimensions, legend and specifications on title-block
– SketchUp 3D model of your design

I firsts started this project by making thumbnail sketches; I had to make 3 all with different components for practice. such as having a courtyard of a garage in the basement. However, all of them had to be under 1200 square feet (including my final copy). With my 3 thumbnails created I has to analyze each one and fix them in order to choose the best one to draw my rough copy. Thumbnail #1 was fairly good in most aspects however it seemed rather mediocre and I could have made it more space efficient. Thumbnail #2 was probably the thumbnail I was most happy with (and I did choose it for my final copy) because it had a nice layout (I must say so myself :D ). It has all the formal rooms (the living room, dining room, and den) on the left and all the informal (bedrooms) on the right. This layout made things fairly accessible and space efficient. However  I placed the staircase ALL the way in the back which was very awkward since you would have to walk through a hall of bedrooms to get downstairs. In my good copy placed my stairway to the right of the entry door and made the garage in the basement so that there wouldn’t have to be door in the side of the house using more space. Thumbnail #3 had a courtyard which I tried to make as space saving as possible but still took up 12′ x 12′. I still wanted a nice design so I forced to only have 1 bedroom due to the lack of space, but even with 1 less bedroom the house was still cramped.

With all the revising and editing finished my rough copy turned out to be thumbnail #2 but with more space and less awkward placement. By placing the stairs to the right of the door and the garage in the basement, I ended up having more space for the bedrooms and bathroom. Finally with all my planning done, I had to start using Sketchup (SU). I had NO clue what to do or how to start since I was a total beginner at SU. I a few tutorials and felt somewhat confident enough to start building my bungalow. I basically just made the base of the bungalow –> added walls (rectangles at the time) –> used the push tool to make them 3D –> then started adding windows and stairs –> to finally (the most fun) decorating and adding things you would less likely have in real life; such as a fountain in the wall of your house or a Lamborghini in your garage.

When I finished this project a few things I learned were:

1. Design and site planning for construction
2. Printreading for construction
3. Room conventions
4. Site plans, floor plans, elevations
5. Stairs
6. Roof structures
7. Construction design process

Here’s my final work:

Bungalow Animation

^Click to start animation. I apologize for the low quality; WordPress does not allow video files besides GIF.

bungalow roof on picture

This is an animation of my bungalow I made using Google Sketchup.

Here are some links I found useful when making my bungalow.

– Sketchup tutorials

– Sketchup hotkeys