More Homework

As you now know, our recent dive back into the academic field means that we’ve been re-acquainted with a demon from our past: homework. Even though I praised the day that we left it behind years ago, it turns out that putting a few extra hours in between classes each week hasn’t been so bad. After Kim was gracious enough to show her assignment from last week, I figured it was my turn to release my work to the fine folks of the interweb.

While not as colorful and masterfully assembled as Kim’s project, I actually really enjoyed this one. It may look simple, but this is a scan of a piece of trace paper that was laid over the 3D graph (where each square of the graph equals 1 square foot) of the same 15′ x 25′ room. The scale and perspective on this project was tricky, and we each ended up taking (many) hours to get right. I even left out the bar stools I had placed at the island and the upper cabinets in the kitchen for lack of time. Our professor promised that it gets easier every time you do it. I certainly hope so.

Are any of you whipping out the graph paper for school, too? Maybe it brings back memories, or are you such a pro that you bang them out daily for work? If so, are you going the old fashioned route of trace paper and a 3D grid, or do you give it the full on AutoCAD treatment? Pointers are welcome, but I plead the same treatment as my wife – be gentle.

3 replies on “More Homework”

  1. I use trace all the time at work (architecture firm). I don’t use graph paper as much anymore but I definitely did when I first started out. Sketching these things takes practice and the more you do the better you get! I usually lay things out in CAD first now. Also cutting out furniture sized pieces (couch, coffee table, etc…) and moving them around on your graph paper room is great for exploring ideas and testing layouts. A lot of people in our office (including interiors) also use Sketchup for quick space analysis and design. It’s also super helpful with getting perspective angles.

    Keep up the good work you two! It’s always refreshing to see new faces and ideas in our profession.

    1. Hi Christina,

      Thank you for the tips and encouraging words! During my first room layout, I did cut out my furniture pieces and moved them around the room. When I finally decided on placement, I taped them down and made a copy for a clean finish. It definitely helped to visualize all the different options before settling on one.

      I think we’ll be giving it a go with Sketchup for our next room redesign. It’s good to hear that your office mates use this program, so I think it’s time we give it a good try!

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