Sunday, 7 November 2010

SketchUp to Reality

Google's SketchUp is an amazing bit of tech; but how many people use it in anger? From drawing to real-life, instead of the other way round? The work-in-progress known as Pear Tree House has actually benefited from the application of SketchUp to produce working plans for the building of a cedar and glass "loggia" (a posh word for "a lean-to without sides"). The original technical drawings and load calcs were done professionally, but I transferred the plans to SketchUp to help us get a feel for how everything fits together, and, more importantly, getting the roof lines correct.

The real-life results are surprisingly close to the plans I put together back in March 2010:

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