Building a porch. #1: Building a porch with my own SketchUp plan

Blog entry by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 05-17-2008 08:13 PM 3646 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Building a porch. series Part 2: Under construction finally! »

I’ve been really busy trying to learn SketchUp.

My Son needs a new front porch on his home.

I decided this would be a good way to learn SketchUp.

His old concrete steps have been gradually leaning, & it makes the whole house seem crooked.

He said if he sits on a step, he feels like he’s going to fall off.

This was quite an experience for me, because I’ve used a T-square, & triangles for so long.

This project took me an awfully long time, but I learned a little about SketchUp.

It’s almost addictive as LJs. LOL
You can see by the gap at the siding, the steps have sunk 2 inches
Here’s Barb going in for a visit.

A series of SketchUp Models of the Porch.

I designed it so it will fit over the old steps, all we have to do is break away the concrete deck.

What I really like about this, is you can attach your drawing right to an image.

My Daughter in law loved seeing what it would actually look like.

Even with a paint job.

Now all we have to do is build it.

-- ** Dick, & Barb Cain *************** http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/Chipncut

View Dick, & Barb Cain's profile

Dick, & Barb Cain

121 posts in 5431 days

Entry tags/keywords

plan project progress skill porch sketchup

View Blog Archive
Subscribe to blog entries (RSS)

By subscribing to the RSS feed you will be notified when new entries are posted on this blog.

6 comments so far

View Aubster's profile


4 posts in 5402 days

posted 05-18-2008 03:08 AM

How long have you been using Skectchup? I have been using skecthup for about 6 months and I never thought to put it in a actual picture. That’s a good idea. When you do the actual porch post pictures so we can compare.

-- It's not a fixer upper. It’s a clean sheet of paper waiting for our imagination!

View tenontim's profile


151 posts in 5421 days

posted 05-19-2008 04:24 AM

That will make a world of difference in the look of your house, Dick. Plus you’ll have a good place for a couple of rockers. I have patience with most things, but Sketchup has tried it to the limit. I guess one of these days I’ll be able to find the time to put the time in to learn it. It’s a great tool. And to be able to paste it onto an actual picture is great. It’s just hard to let go of the old ways (T square and pencil). The last thing I need is something more addictive that LJ’s.

-- Tim

View MRTRIM's profile


743 posts in 5422 days

posted 05-19-2008 12:33 PM

your skils are amazing dick ! i think the porch will look very nice .

View MRod's profile


15 posts in 5399 days

posted 05-22-2008 01:51 AM

That’s GREAT Dick!

I wanted to do some overlays of redoing my neighbors garden and the way you did it here looks great.

I’m going to get on SketchUp right away!

-- MRod, Henderson, Colorado

View Bill's profile


131 posts in 5422 days

posted 05-23-2008 05:52 PM

Great job Dick. Maybe you should take up jobs for other people that need sketches?

Now will come the fun part of removing the old porch, and putting in the new one. Who gets to chisel out the old steps?

-- Bill - Turlock, Ca. - http://www.brookswoodworks.com

View Dick, & Barb Cain's profile

Dick, & Barb Cain

121 posts in 5431 days

posted 05-23-2008 06:18 PM

Thanks Bill!

I need a lot of learning in order to hire out with SketchUp. I’d lose my shirt.

I’m just in the process of filling out a building permit, it’s not like the old days.

Lots of paper, & bureaucrats

I’ve got my sledge hammer all sharpened up, for carving away the old concrete steps,

but I’m only removing the platform. I’m building over the steps.

-- ** Dick, & Barb Cain *************** http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/Chipncut

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: All views and comments posted by members are not necessarily those of HomeRefurbers.com or of those working on the site.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

LumberJocks.com :: woodworking showcase