Cheap stuff example on craigslist

Just a heads up to anyone in the Sacramento region. This was recently posted on craigslist under ‘garage sales’. If you’re looking for cheap stuff or even building materials like I am you might want to check this out. If you don’t live in this area keep tabs on your local craigslist. Watch the ‘free’ section as well as ‘materials’ and ‘garage sales’.


Alternate Roof Design in 3D

Tonight I played with Google SketchUp, the free 3D software from Google. I’m still not very good at drawing with it but I think this wire frame drawing, and video below, really help to explain a recent idea I’ve had about the roof line. There are several reasons I like this design.

  1. It looks really cute without too much extra effort.
  2. I should be stronger since the left wall stays short (about 4 feet).
  3. Not much usable headroom is lost since a bench/bed will be along the short wall.
  4. The loft will be a bit narrower but still 6 feet in depth.


My plan is to mock it up for real on my next work weekend to the farm. The weekends have still been a bit wet and I’ve not found time, but I suspect I’ll get a couple days in a row to get up there and get a start on this. If it seems like it’s not going to work I’ll go back to a more conventional pitched roof. Let me know what you think. Here’s the video:

Quick Roofline Design Update

I’ve almost got that alternate roof line figured out. I tried to draw it flat last night with new open source software called DrawBerry, but I think I’m going to try my hand at Google SketchUp again and see if I can do a better sketch with that. It’s a bit hard to visualize and I think seeing it in 3D will help show how whimsical it will be, if I decide to go this route. Stay tuned. Here’s the flat sketch.