I finally have a cut at a house design. In Sonoma county a second home (which this is) can’t be over 840 square feet. This plan is exactly 839. Woo hoo! It’s also built on a 2 foot grid, which will save material cost. It’s basically a rectangle (more cost savings), and it’s got a very simple roof. Since I’ll be building the cabinets myself, I can go crazy there for cheap. I welcome thoughts and criticism. The exterior view of the entrance side of the house is pretty plain, and I feel like that’s the weakest part.
They’re finally done. It’s been ages since I fooled with autocad, but it turned out fine. These are the base images that I started with - they always require a little fiddling.
The PDFs for window1, window2 and the gate.. The gate is cedar, frame and panel construction. Obviously, you’d flip ‘em around so there would be two. The stained glass pattern (there are two in the PDF; cut one up for the glass, leave the other as a base to build on) is sized to fit in the gate, with 1/4″ molding. I’ll use brads, and they will have to be brass, or else they will stain. Ceder does awful things when it comes in contact with iron - big black streakies.
Forgive the crappy formatting.
Here’s half of the gate. That’s stained glass and cedar fenceboards framed in by 4×4 posts. It’ll be frame and panel construction. Now I need to figure out how much this thing will weigh. My astute neighbor pointed out that cedar loves to suck up water. So, while it’s nice and dry, it’ll weigh between 150 and 250 lbs, but when wet, it might double that. I’ll publish the pattern as a proper stained glass pattern once it has been adapted. It’s shamelessly ripped off from a reconstruction of “Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street Tearooms”, as cited in “Art Nouveau, 1890-1014″ by Paul Greenhalgh.
I’ve been wanting to challenge someone, anyone, to a fencing match. I think I’d win… here’s what two weekends hath wrought.. I got a decent deal at Freidman’s, the local non-home-depot. I’m so tired that the muscles in the palms of my hands are sore….
I’m thinking of inlaying the house number in stained glass. That way, it’ll get lit from behind in the afternoon sun. Useless for night-time, of course, so I’ll just have to make something else for that. Oh, darn.
I’ll use a jigsaw to even up the top, and then I’ll add some very cool post caps. Eventually.
What have I learned? Um… nail guns are cool. Really cool.