It’s been a while since I worked in any CAD type program but had an idea for the kids new playhouse. I hope to begin construction when it starts to get cold (hate to work in the heat). Here is what I threw together in SketchUp. I still need to add some detail to the bottom floor windows and top windows will be changed to match the bottom of large windows. The windows will be cheap since they are old sliding glass doors that I will re-purpose. Right now I am working on function more than form. Loft bed area on top and desk on bottom floor. This will be re-purposed to become my dog house if the need arises.
I offered to make a background twitter theme for free… odd thing is I expect no one took me up on it since the theme I am using on this website is aweful and is a product of just me playing. I decided to start putting some serious time into a great…no I mean awesome theme. I would really like some feed back on what you like or don’t like so far. This is about 2 hours of me playing with colors and such.
Updated: 2 hours later and got a little more. Click on images to see full size image. It’s 2:30 in the morning I believe I am going to go to bed.
I did a search for some Photoshop “stuff” and stumbled on some brushes. I love the anime eyes. I was just throwing them on a new Photoshop file and it started looking good. I think “Abstract” would be the style. Anyway since I am not very imaginative I think I will call it “Brushes”
I have always been quite the dreamer when it comes to building things. Most often it comes down to having the time for it. I even think I would be a decent interior designer but that is quite a different topic altogether. I originally wanted to be an architect and design churches (long before I started going to them). I wanted to make a cool loft type bed for Luke and one for Alex too. Something that can carry over from one bedroom to the other, takes no floor space, has a way for to be transformed to teenage beds later, and a way to make it their new play room. Tall order for 2 rooms that are about 12×14 each. I am thinking of something like a cable bridge or castle. So the next step…seeing what has been done already. Google time! Here is some sites I found that are interesting/inspiring. BTW I am going to create this list while surfing so it may seem odd
AustinThemeBeds.com it appears their claim to fame is making some beds for Extreme Makeover but these are ugly and amazingly expensive…if this is standard price of these types of beds I am going into the theme bed business. I made a caste bed for my niece (see picture on left) and it cost less then $100 even at today’s cost. This place wants $3,545.70 for theirs. I think I could spend another $500 to $1000 on someone doing a cool mural and still come out ahead. This bed($1428) is probably MDF with a sticker. I should move on…this is more of a rant.
BluewellThemeBeds.com these beds are much nicer and are pretty reasonable when it comes to price.
SweetDreamBed.com if you have to ask they are probably to much. These beds really look good though. I don’t think I would even call considering they don’t list any prices.
KidsUniqueBeds.com this is where I got the idea for my nieces bed.
DreamThemeBeds.com I believe this tree house bed can be altered to make a cool bed.
PlayHouseDesigns.com one of the best sites that I have seen…they even will sel the plans so you can do it. Great place for getting ideas from.
Totally off topic but somewhat related: Playhouses
CustomPlayhouses.com very awesome(expensive) playhouses and pretty nice beds although I can’t seem to find them anymore. I have been to this site more than once.
BarbaraButler.com these are really nice playhouses
DanielsWoodland.com these playhouses really take some true craftsmanship…it is real hard to make crooked things join up. I am sure these are expensive but if I had the money to blow I would get one of these.
After all this I still haven’t seen anything I am thrilled with but I have seen some great ideas for building a playhouse outside and at the cost of the theme beds I will be building this myself and maybe going into business building them as well.
After all this over-thinking, I asked Luke what he wanted. Out of all the castles, bulldozers, ships and other cool beds. He wants one that looks like Thomas the Train. I could buy one but what’s the fun in that. Now to get to the drawing board.
Seems like I have a going theme with Mtn Dew. Check out some pics of Mtn Dew on Ice. I was playing with cameras macro mode. and took some close-ups of my drink. Then I went to PhotoShop and played around a little bit with some filters and the levels. Click on the pics to see a larger version. I didn’t photoshop the first pic but the flash went off so it really wasn’t worth the effort.
I am retaking the Classic WordPress theme and making a new theme. Will be adding some AJAX and learning the theme file structure.