Design Your Own Tiny House Using Sketchup

About: I am a long time off-grid homesteader and I live year round in a solar cabin I designed and built myself. I use solar and wind power, passive solar heat and water, and a solar composting toilet. I like to …More About LaMar Solarcabin

This is a series of 5 videos that will teach you how to design any small or large structure that could be used for a house, workshop, shed, house-on-wheels or other purpose.

The program used is Sketchup version 8 which is free to download here:

If you are building a structure or mechanical device it really helps to create a 3D visual model first and use that as your design plans and that allows you to make changes and see problems before wasting money and time in the actual construction process.

I recommend you have Sketchup installed and open as you follow these lessons and pause the video and try each command as you go along. Sketchup is fairly easy to master once you understand the basic commands.

If you enjoy designing stuff Sketchup is an excellent program and with the housebuilder module you can do a framing model so you can see how the structure is constructed and estimate material costs. You can create 3D models to display your designs and even create a walk through or 3D models for games.

I use Sketchup for all my small off-grid house designs and I have many of these house designs on my youtube channel for ideas and plans available on my website.

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Legal Note: I am not associated with Sketchup and these videos are for education/information purposes.

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Its an apostrophe not a comma, and there are easier ways of doing it, but this is a good set of starter videos even though it doesnt completely apply to the new version.

I am seeking a 30 THOW plan + gooseneck, 10x5rear slide out sunroom and 2:12 shed roof pic, central front door, tansu stairs to right of door up to bedroom loft, living room on right, galley kitchen to left and full bathroom at left end. For some reason I have been stumped learning Sketchup.

LaMar. I cant get your website to load for days now 🙁

Hi, I just checked and the website link is working. I had that problem a few days ago and it was a problem with Chrome. Try clearing your cache and history. Shut down your browser and internet connection and trying it again. That fixed the problem on my system and it was several websites I visit that were effected.

Let me know if you are still having probs.

HI, I just did more research. On my iPad I can not bring up your site in either a private or safari browser. The message I get there is Server not responding.

On my win7 craptop I used firefox after clearing browser and got the attached image. I tried chrome got nothing. I used I.E. which I never use and I got the same image as in firefox except the page loaded below it with broken image links. I think something in your server page directory might be saved wrong, or images got moved/saved to a different folder.

The website is up and working and I have had several client contacts today from the website. Nothing wrong with the server. Clear your cache and history. You probably have an old bookmark or cookie interfering.

UGH! First Im not mad at you. I have done everything on this end and no device works including from a cafe. My suspicion is there is a local comcast co-location server that did not update when you last updated the page. attached is an image of the website you linked to in your post from my end. I obviously made it there but it couldnt see your site from my side of the mountains 🙁

I wonder what would happen if you were to just move text like one space and re upload your front page and see if it would cause a re-population to take place on the net and then move it back. who knows it might trip a switch so to speak.

Ive been excited to see the plans for your vesport camper. I have a 4×8 trailer I am thinking of converting for such a use. I might have to mod it a bit but it might work with some convincing 🙂

I dont know what to tell you. The website has been checked an no one else has reported problems and I do business from that website everyday. If you are using some kind of ad blocker or have an lsp layered server that could be the problem. I will make a small change to the home page but I doubt that is the problem and it is working fine on other systems. Try using an incognito window or going to the cached page.

Ill double check the things again. I have a 50mb connection here.

Very cool! I know someone who lives in a tiny house in Vermont and has it on wheels so she can move it really easily if she needs to.