Here’s what I drew and gave to the architect and builder
Here’s the house as of a few days ago
There have been a few minor changes since I did the SketchUp. The washer/dryer are moved to the other side of the mud room, and the second bedroom will have a door to the bathroom behind it. Overall, the SketchUp I put together was a big help in building the house in such a remote location, Middle Caicos, while I’m thousands of miles away. I visited the house for the first time last week, now I’m back in Chicago, looking forward to it being completed in a few months so I can move in.
Thanks! My wife and I have had all kinds of problems building in another country on a remote island, but it’s great to actually be moving forward now. They just started hanging drywall a couple days ago. We’re picking out tiles and light fixtures tonight, which is finally making it fun. We can’t wait to move in, a dream come true.
Thank you for sharing. There’ll be some spectacular views during hurricane seasones.
I also watched the video on Dragon Cay with the waves and the spray blowing over the rocks, somewhat reminding me of where I grew up, … Aruba.
I seem to notice a (reinforced?) concrete ring just below the roof structure, … > hurricane proof.
I hope you’ll be able to spend many good years in/at/around your new home and on its porch.
Yes, the waves can crash over Dragon Cay on wavy days, which provides us protection
And some days it’s calm as glass.
There is an over engineered ring, belting beam, below the roof, along with an over engineered foundation with 6" centered steel reinforcement in 6000psi concrete that connect to the belting beam through the cinder block outer walls. The house is built on a sand dune 100ft from the water. That required not disturbing the sand while the cistern was dug in the low part of the land, and the foundation basically cups the sand to prevent movement. It’s like the idea of taking a cup up side down and pushing it into the sand creating a sold base. I’m not an engineer (my background is in computer science), but I’m glad to be working with an experienced engineer that understands how to do this. It should be sold in a hurricane, but let’s hope we never see one.
Aruba is also a beautiful place, I bet it was a wonderful place to grow up.
I think they 'll look great in their new environment, the porch located near the seashore.
As for the bulbs, I would go for appropriate dimmable LED bulbs, at least the equivalent of the “ancient” ordinary light bulbs (75 Watt as shown). But of course with warm color temperature, max 2700K ( warm white).
This is nice work! Did you know you can enable “scene transitions” and set the time to “0” (zero) so that your animation flows from scene to scene without stopping? Here’s an example of one I’ve done in the past.