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Getting Started with SketchUp Free

SketchUp Free is an online version of the popular 3D drawing software. In the short videos below I show you how to open an existing file and basic navigation. This free online version works much like the desktop version, with a few minor navigational difference. The drawings you see are from my most recent book, 101 […]

How to Customize an Existing Tiny House SketchUp Drawings

SketchUp is the 3D drawing software I use to draw my tiny house designs. Like any new software, SketchUp can be challenging to learn at first – but I have a better way to start. The SketchUp drawings I made for the book 101 Tiny House Designs are now available. Starting a SketchUp drawing from […]

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 […]

Tiny House Plan Mashup – Little River and Calpella

When I draw my tiny house plans, I draw them with common key dimensions. These are things like width, wall height, and door and window height. The advantage of this is that elements from one plan can be used in another. For example, lets say you like the front porch and front wall from one house […]

Exploring Podium – A Photorealistic Plugin for SketchUp

I’ve been spending a lot of time waiting for my computer to render SketchUp images lately – but happy with the results. These illustrations are made with SketchUp and then exported/rendered with a plugin called Podium. There are many photorealistic plugins on the market, but I chose to buy Podium because it seemed (and is […]

SkechUp 20-Foot Tiny House Shell Drawing

This downloadable SketchUp drawing is a bit different than a single component, it’s the shell of a house. It’s a much simpler drawing than a full plan which should make it easier to work on an overall design concept of your own. In other words it’s a good starting place to start designing and learning […]

SketchUp Composting Toilet File for Tiny House Drawings

  Many tiny house owners choose to install commercially manufactured composting toilets. These toilets collect and compost the deposits right inside the lower tank. They don’t typically use any water and instead dry the waste using a small heater and fan. Air is drawn through the waste and out of the unit at the top […]

SketchUp Wood Stove File for Tiny House Drawings

This is a simple drawing of a small Jøtul stove. I don’t have a brand bias for Jøtul, I just like how they look and have heard good things about them. If you consider placing a wood stove inside a tiny house a few things to keep in mind are: Wood stoves – even tiny ones – […]

SketchUp Trailers for Tiny House Drawings

If you do some trailer shopping, virtually or in person, you’ll find that few trailers are alike. So I’ve made this simple trailer drawing easy to adjust to the exact size of the trailer you buy for your project. This way you’ll be able to draw your tiny house design to fit on the exact size […]