Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Since my student version AutoCAD program expired a year and a half ago, if I want to computer-draft anything for the house I have to do it on Google's free version of SketchUp. SketchUp is 3-D and three dimensions are wonderful and all the latest thing for computer aided drafting, in professional offices, especially. But it can make things amazingly complicated if you're working with existing conditions.
Like, for instance, the stairway to my third floor.
The idea is that I'll draw this up and then try different colors and tones of fills to figure out how I should finish the risers. The drawing will also be handy down the road when, God willing, I redo my bathroom and I'm working out how to fit a catbox cubbyhole under the stairs. But tonight I've got a major bust (as it's called) in my dimensions and things are overlapping that shouldn't be and some contours aren't closing that should be.
I think I know what needs to be done to solve the problem. I also know that if I go to bed now I'll be obsessing about it in my sleep all night. Which I did over last night's SketchUp quandaries, only I didn't obsess all night, I obsessed all morning, since I didn't give up and turn in till after 5:00 AM. Can't afford a repeat performance of that, which is why I need to pack it in.
Or maybe not a section. Can't get the cutting planes where I want them. And hey, this is 3-D, isn't it? Why don't I show the messy bit in all its conflicted glory?
Well, there ya go. One stairway vs. a guest bedroom closet. Wipe me up with a ShamWow, I'm off to bed.