1 This was our first attempt at designing an entire house with SU5 in 2006. Earlier attempts were a disaster. Every surface was sticky like chewing gum, until I discovered the magic of Groups and Components.
1This was our first attempt at designing an entire house with SU5 in 2006. Earlier attempts were a disaster. Every surface was sticky like chewing gum, until I discovered the magic of Groups and Components.
2One big pleasure of using SU is composing in materials – you get to have the trial and error on screen rather than on site! Here we used Lawson’s Cypress (for aromatic qualities) bevelbacked weatherboard inside.
3The kitchen was to be very simple, but very effective for a baker.
4Kitchen as built. Every window frames a view.
5It also allows you to follow where the design leads – the client wanted a fire with a slightly gothic look, so we followed this up with an arched fireplace… and it just works.
6This gives each project it’s own identity so we specify hardware and tapware, timber trim etc for each project – so things are right for the house, rather than for our practice. Well built by John Henderson Construction LTD, the trusted go-to man in Glenorchy.
7The Gothic fireplace didn’t meet new clean air standards, so we had to install another, but the arch is still appropriate.
8Live Sections were great – how cool to send this to a client! It saves time on annotating; they can see most of what you want them to see.
9The Push/Pull nature of SU helped us with this recessed round-the-corner bookcase – essential as the owners like to display books and nic-nacs.
10How would I describe this place? Glenorchy is a rustic mountain town on Lake Wakatipu, and this house feels like a Scandinavian California Bungalow (as in NZ style Bungalow, not the US Bungalow!).
11Because of the joy in designing, the great builder and (very satisfied) client, this will always remain one of my favorite projects.
12The design process that SketchUp produces takes more time, but the product – the building – is far better, composing with materials and form. And it even bears a passing resemblance to the model!