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Fresh Off the Laser Cutter

Here’s a close look at the real deal… two brand new stencils right off the laser cutter. In the first video I show how they look when they arrive – all wrapped up in their protective paper coating. The coating peels off easily and leaves no sticky residue. The paper is needed for the manufacturing […]

Get a Copy of SketchUp

SketchUp is my preferred drawing tool for designing tiny houses. It’s not a typical drafting tool which make mechanical drawings and drafting easy. It’s a 3D drawing tool for exploring ideas and making highly accurate 3D designs. It can also make 2D measured drawings and is favored by many designers & architects. Engineers would likely […]

How To Design a Tiny House with Pen & Paper

This video shows how I’d currently tackle designing a tiny house with pen & paper. Normally I draw houses using SketchUp Pro, a 3D drawing program originally developed by Google. Google spun SketchUp off and it’s now available from a company called Trimble. They still offer two free versions, one called SketchUp Free which is […]

How to draw a Tiny House with Google SketchUp – Part 7

In this video I fine tune the wall framing and play with different ideas for laying out the kitchen and main living room. I also show how to use the follow me tool, which allows you to make complex shapes like curved faucets and door knobs. Be sure to follow along on YouTube by subscribing […]

How to draw a Tiny House with Google SketchUp – Part 6

I’m closing in on the end of this video series with just a few segments left to post on YouTube. This segment shows the initial work on drawing the interior of this tiny house. I began drawing this house with just a loose idea in mind for how the interior would work and will use […]

How to draw a Tiny House with Google SketchUp – Part 5

In the fifth part of this Google SketchUp tutorial I finish drawing the exterior of the house.  In part 6 I’ll move inside and draw interior walls, bathroom, and kitchen. Be sure to follow along on YouTube by subscribing to the Tiny House Design YouTube Channel.

How to draw a Tiny House with Google SketchUp – Part 4

In the fourth part of this Google SketchUp tutorial I show how to draw the front door, windows, and exterior trim. By the end of this clip the house is really starting to look like a complete tiny house and only needs siding and a finished roof, which I’ll cover in part 5. In part […]

How to draw a Tiny House with Google SketchUp – Part 3

This third video shows the completion of the basic structure including the framing of the loft and roof. Some basic structural concepts are explained and SketchUp’s tape measure tool is introduced. I’ll continue posting additional segments of this tutorial here in the coming days, but you can also subscribe to the Tiny House Design YouTube […]

How to draw a Tiny House with Google SketchUp – Part 1

This is the first in a video series I’m putting together that shows you how to draw a tiny house on a trailer with Google SketchUp, the free 3D illustration software from Google. I’ll be posting these how-to videos here on TinyHouseDesign.com each time I add a new one to YouTube, but you can also […]

How to draw 2D drawings with Google SketchUp

The other night I realized how easy it is to draw 2D drawings with the free version of Google SketchUp. All you have to do is select Camera > Standard Views > Top to set the view from the top of the model. If you want a side-view of a wall  or an end wall […]

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