SketchUp!

Wow what a revelation! This is such a fabulous way to visualise your home and get an idea of scale. It takes a little bit of patience and practice but it is so worth it..and its free! If you don’t go with the pro options that is, but this is what we have managed to achieve so far without it…

Living room

It has really helped with colour flow/design throughout the house, plus being able to play around with furniture is so much fun! It actually made us change our mind with regards to the living room layout, the TV was going to be on the opposite wall but it should work well next to the fireplace

Open plan kitchen

Tiki bar

And it has been a godsend for the tiki bar, definitely given us a great feel for the space and how much we could actually fit in that room

Living room

Andy’s VERY happy with the stairs. What do you think? I’m in love with these stairs! Eek! Next up we are going to try and recreate the double height and vaulted ceiling in the hallway/landing…

Upstairs so far..

Open plan kitchen

How cool does the hallway/landing look!!!!…

Hallway

I would strongly advise giving this a try if you are self building or renovating, or just deciding on different paint colours…it really allows you to discount certain choices and just have play around. Obviously it won’t be your exact furniture or paint but it allows you to get an idea of what works for you

I’m not sure what the pro option provides but this has worked so well for us, we learnt the basics from YouTube tutorials but I’m sure there is so much to learn to do it properly!

Selfbuilddreamers

Caz and Andy x

Published by Cazandandycoy

Mid thirties couple from Doncaster, UK, embarking on our first self build home in a small village, taking on as much work ourselves as we can

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