I stayed up late tonight trying my hand at drawing with Google SketchUp, the free 3D drawing software from Google. It’s pretty cool, you should give it a try. Start by watching the tutorial videos though; they will give you a good idea of how it works.
Below are some screen shots and a video of an alternate roof design I’m considering for the tiny free house. Please forgive the simplicity; I’m still trying to improve my skills with SketchUp. As soon as I can make some weekend time I’ll head back up to the farm and give this a try with the real house. If it doesn’t seem like it will work I can always go back to a normal pitched roof, but I like this asymmetrical doll house design a lot. What do you think?
Under the short wall in the main room will be the flip-out bench bed. In the bathroom I’ll put the toilet on the short wall. I think by doing this the short wall won’t actually eat up any usable floor space and the entire structure will be stronger. The main disadvantage is that the loft will be narrower, but I think it will still be wide enough to sleep two. Here’s a short video of the 3D model: