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gregzoll 07-15-2013 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by MTN REMODEL LLC (Post 1216170)
MD2 I think has a great idea ... at least for me and maybe you.

Actually laying out a design,(2x4's, blue tape, flour, cardboard mock-up, whatever) rather than a drawing sure helps me.

I can read/follow prints no propblem.... but I can't actually "see/imagine" the end results.

Some people (I guess architechs) can see/imagine the final product... you may be that type of mind.... but if not, MD2 brings up a great point

I like to do both. I am like you, can read schematics and blue prints, but sometimes I have to walk through what I am doing, to make sure I see it in my head.

md2lgyk 07-15-2013 10:51 AM

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Originally Posted by MTN REMODEL LLC (Post 1216195)
Ya know MD2.... I agree entirely....it is amazing how differently our minds can work.... and it's a good thing that we all have our streangths and get help for our weaknesses.... in a sense, this site assists us in that regard.

Just as an aside, and I laugh at myself, but I watch some people who can pack a moving truck like a jigsaw puzzle... and I would just have to get a bigger truck.... and it actually "bothers" me a little when installing non-geometrically perfect (artistic) tile... I want to put a square and a level to it.....:yes::thumbup:

Best

Peter

My God, we must be related! I've actually done the bigger-truck thing myself. When I still worked, it was for a defense contractor that designed and built soldier support field equipment - kitchens, laundries, latrines, water treatment units, etc. But one thing I was NOT was a design engineer. Give me a blank piece of paper and I couldn't design crap. But I could look at any existing design and see ways to make it better. Before that, I worked in the one industry more anal that the space program: nuclear power. I've always been a detail guy - none of that touchy-feely stuff for me LOL.

GBrackins 07-15-2013 11:49 AM

a Murphy Bed or similar type unit works wells for limited space. if you do not know what they are just Google it

good luck!

Oso954 07-15-2013 02:29 PM

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Actually laying out a design,(2x4's, blue tape, flour, cardboard mock-up, whatever) rather than a drawing sure helps me.
That is a great way to get everyone on the same page, whether between husband and wife, or contractor, husband, and wife.

gregzoll 07-15-2013 02:38 PM

Unless you are into geometric shapes, all a house or office building is, is just a bunch of squares and rectangles.

The bedrooms figure they can place the closets along the joint wall for two on one end, with say a eight foot wide bedroom, and maybe ten feet in length. Then with the bath, you could do two, one for Master, one for guests and the other two bedrooms.

Third bedroom if you can put it in, have the closet as a part of the entry closet in the design, with a alcove as you exit to the doorway.

Living room front of the place, Kitchen & dining behind the Living room on the back. With the exception of the second bath, this is pretty much the layout of two of my parents homes.

If you look at the majority of home builds out there, they are usually going to be a difference of six or eight layouts, and out of that, half will be a mirror of the other half.

Willie T 07-15-2013 03:32 PM

You might find THIS useful. I think there are around 300 20' x 40' house plans here.

Fairview 07-15-2013 03:36 PM

To add to Willi T's useful reply consider searching 2 room efficiency floor plan. They have been around for a couple of centuries now.

Willie T 07-15-2013 03:43 PM

Hummm...."Willie Tini". Well, different, anyway.

gregzoll 07-15-2013 04:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Fairview
To add to Willi T's useful reply consider searching 2 room efficiency floor plan. They have been around for a couple of centuries now.

Problem with 2BR homes, is that they are a hard sell later down the road.

md2lgyk 07-15-2013 04:57 PM

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Originally Posted by gregzoll (Post 1216354)
Problem with 2BR homes, is that they are a hard sell later down the road.

That's what a couple of the kids said when we designed and built our log home. Our answer: This is our retirement home. When the time comes, selling it will be your problem.

I see from your profile that you're an ex-Navy IC3. Were you be any chance a nuke? I was an ET1(SS) nuke back in the '60s and '70s.

Willie T 07-15-2013 05:23 PM

A Navy TV repairman? :)

md2lgyk 07-15-2013 06:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Willie T (Post 1216377)
A Navy TV repairman? :)

Not hardly. No idea what they have now, but in my day submarines had no TVs. If they did, it would've been ICs that fixed them. Nuke ETs operated the reactor plant and maintained the reactor control instrumentation. It was a 6-year enlistment because the schooling was so long (almost 3 years).

GrandPixel 07-15-2013 06:26 PM

Thanks for the search ideas. That's how I found a certain thread where someone posted a couple of really great 20 x 40 3-bed layouts.

http://countryplans.com/smf/index.php?topic=9321.0

Here are some screens of what I've been doing in Google Sketchup.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5453/9...69cecfca_o.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7362/9...3a6014df_o.jpg
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5516/9...c780369c_o.jpg
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3788/9...49595664_o.jpg

It isn't clear, but there is a flat screen hanging from the ceiling, in case you were wondering.

I think this one is my best so far. The only problems are the shower door opening into the toilet. And the kitchen wall cabinets are not any standard width, just divided evenly to fill the space.

As you can see the kitchen counter doubles as a 6-person dining table. Everything is pretty open except for the bathroom. That way you can have a large kitchen, large living room, etc, because they share the same space.

It would be great to get a double or queen bed in somehow. Maybe a loft, or will just have to do the sofa bed thing (not ideal). Tempurpedic does make some sofa beds, but they are like $4000. Some kind of day bed with the mattress divided in 2 would be nice. I just remembered someone mentioned a bed, I'll look that one up.

Here is one I did last week, just to mix it up a bit.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7366/9...079bc7a5_c.jpg

gregzoll 07-15-2013 06:33 PM

md2lgyk, actually got stuck on the Saipan from 86 to 88. Left the Navy in 88.

gregzoll 07-15-2013 06:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Willie T (Post 1216377)
A Navy TV repairman? :)

Actually if I chose that part of the rating, I could have done that. Chose Ships navigation, Communication systems. Mainly worked on Ship's Gyro system, Wind speed, "Pitsword" and IVCS systems when I was in. Loved working on the telephone system, hated working on the Pitsword, due to we would regularly have one guy who actually went to school to work in the tv studio, get it stuck in the valve every time he would lower it.

This is the same guy that shorted a Crescent wrench on the battery bank for the telephone system. Knocked him across the room, lucky it did not kill him.


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