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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 […]

Potter Valley 24 – Tiny House Plans

The Potter Valley is a 24-feet long tiny house and features two roof styles and an entry porch. One side of the house has a clerestory between two opposing 3/12 pitched roofs. The other side of the roof has a 3/12 pitch which provides a lot of added headroom in the sleeping loft. The ceiling […]

Laytonville 24 – Tiny House Plans

I’ve had so much fun designing the Laytonville 24. The primary feature of the house is a clerestory between two shed roofs. There is no loft, leaving the ceiling high and open. I intentionally omitted interior doors (except for the bathroom) because I wanted the clerestory windows to be visible the full length of the […]

Leggett 24 – Tiny House Plans

Pictured here is the Leggett 24 – another new tiny house design. It features a lower lever bedroom with a full height ceiling and the potential for underbed storage. In the center of the house are a bathroom and kitchen. The bathroom can be found behind a pocket door and can contain a 32″ shower, […]

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 […]

How to Draw a Gambrel Roof in SketchUp

  In the video below I demonstrate how to draw a gambrel roof with SketchUp, and it’s actually quite simple. In a nutshell a gambrel roof is simply half an octagon with four even sides. In the video I mostly use the move tool and rotate tool but also include a few tips & tricks […]

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 […]

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