It’s July 4th 2017. I am happy to have a day off from work. Really not knowing what to do to celebrate Independence day, I decided to just stay home. It’s far to hot outside and the world is far too crowded anyway. I asked myself, if I could do anything I wanted on my day off, what would it be? The answer was stay home and enjoy the time. Besides, where’s lonely guy going to go all by himself anyway?
I had a brain idea the other day to build a scale sized model of the house I want to eventually build. I did some googling and ended up on Youtube watching Adam Savage build a model of his childhood home. It looked easy enough so today I popped by the store and picked up three sheets of foamcore board. Thanks Adam!
I already had a 3d drawing I did on my computer using Google Sketchup and another using a program called SweetHome so I already had the dimensions on record.
I spent a good portion of the day measuring, cutting and hot-gluing my model together. It’s far from finished but at least I have the basic framing done. I might also build some furniture and accessories. I’ll probably print out flooring and tile and glue it to the floor and walls where appropriate. It might end up being rather detailed by the time I’m done.
You can see the room layout. The roof slopes from 8 feet in the back to 12 feet in the front. The large front room will be the kitchen and living room. The back side is divided into the bedroom and the bathroom. You can see a piece of the roof that shows how it overhangs the front to shade the top windows which will be electrically operable for air flow in nice weather. It has a nice 10 foot wide porch that stretches the whole width of the house. I’m really going to enjoy that. I’ve always wanted a large porch to sit in my old-man rocking chair.
All the rooms are very large and spacious including the bathroom which will have huge shower and laundry rooms. The kitchen is huge an will have a lot of counter space plus a large island. I never have enough counter space in my current kitchen. The whole house has a fairly modern and clean look while being very simple to build. The simplicity is reminiscent of early house design before families exploded and houses became unnecessarily large McMansions.
It’s a 1/24 scale model and the design is completely my own. I probably should have gone into architecture. Apparently it’s in my blood. I understand my father built a scale model of his dream house once too. That’s kind of cool to know since I don’t remember much about him.
I believe I will be able to build this house pretty much all by myself. I did the Sketchup model board by board as if I was actually building it. That took me a very long time but that was during my last job where I had nothing else to do for 8 hours a day.
I really like the way this foam-core model turned out. I impressed myself again. I never cease to amaze myself. It just goes to show that one can do anything he puts his mind to.