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Shipping Container Cabin Concept – Part 3

If you’ve read parts 1 & 2 you might remember that I’ve been using this shipping container exploration to test a photorealistic SketchUp plugin called Podium V2. Well I’ve had so much fun it that before the 30-day trial ended I bought the plugin. As I learn more about how to best render images I’ll […]

An Aerodynamic Tiny House Design

One of the benefits of a manufactured travel trailer over a typical owner-built tiny house is improved mobility. This is due to the fact that most tiny houses are built like houses making them heavier and less aerodynamic than their manufactured cousins. While these traits often make tiny houses more desirable and comfortable for full-time […]

Shipping Container Cabin Concept – Part 2

Building on the last shipping container concept it seemed logical to add another 20-foot shipping to see how much more space that could really provide. I didn’t do anything vastly different with the interior – mostly just moved things around. Instead of using the storage sofa/bunk beds this time I show two queen size futon sofa […]

Shipping Container Cabin Concept

Using old shipping containers as houses is nothing new but I thought it might be fun to start playing with some tiny shipping container design concepts. Pictured here is just my first pass at using a 20-foot shipping container as a remote cabin design. It’s laid out to sleep two people in a convertible bunk […]

Exploring Rendering SketchUp Drawings with Podium V2

I’ve been playing with a SketchUp plugin called Podium V2 that helps you make more photo realistic images of your SketchUp drawings. I’m just getting my feet wet with this sort of thing but so far I’ve been very happy to find how easy it is to make slick looking images. SketchUp is a free […]

Tiny Playhouse

I drew this tiny playhouse as a potential class project for my daughter’s Waldorf kindergarten. It’s looking like we won’t be building it any time soon, but I figured readers of Tiny House Design would enjoy seeing it. As you can see it’s very simple and measures just 4’x4′. It’s basically a simple deck with […]

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 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 […]