wow! i really like both of your ideas! i appreciate the meeting of the minds, i love challenges like this. im very mechanically minded, and once i learn the concepts behind making something, i really roll with it. i have plenty of other stuff i am busy doing right now, but i couldn't get the challenge of this design out of my head. that is the main reason I wanted to try and make them anyway with what I've got, instead of waiting till summer.
I do have google sketchup, just havent gotten around to tinkering with it yet. I have done college courses in mech. drawing, CAD drafting, etc, but i gave up and became a homesteader so i havent spent more time with it but enjoy it when i get around to it. I dont need the sketchup file, the images are excellent, ill save them and utilize!
I make our own backpacks, hammocks, tarps, moccasins, some clothing and repairs, journals, dry bags, and designed this house in the photo out of lumber from these "tentalow" structures that a large ranch built in 1997 and went bankrupt in 2008, and sold them to me 500 bucks/structure (i bought 4= 2000 bucks) and got all the wood i needed to build, side, and floor the whole house, including the footings!
the roof was half the price of the house, ill have to post an updated photo of it on here if i can find a camera (maybe i can with my old phone) now that it has the siding it looks complete (except for the stairwell of course)
without transportation (helicopter) the house cost 15k, and half that was the metal roof. labor was 2,000, materials, tools, and all the details: 5,500. I had a few friends help in exchange for food and beer, and they worked their ass off, for months, so that saved about 10,000 there.
the footings are 24' x 24', the interior is 16x16, (loft is the same), with 4 ft side decks and 8 ft front deck, 3 ft overhangs. I had the design in my head for 6 months, drafted it and salvaged the wood this summer, framed it up with a crew for 1 week, then they left us in the rainy season with no roof to fend for ourselves and finish it (they had to leave, the plans was only for them to stay for 1 week)! my hubby and i sat out here in 60mph winds and torrential rains (we get 5-20 inches a month, 120-200/year) without the roof totally complete on until last month. it took us 3 whole months to clean, cut, fold, and install the metal roof by hand with very few improvised tools.
I really appreciate the design help from y'all, and I promise Ill post a photo when Im done (might not be for a month) now i can officially finish my house! (well.. do we ever really stop fixing things? )