Here’s a tip: If you have a design idea floating around in your head – a new deck, staircase, fence, arbor, etc… build a quick model from cardboard or balsa wood. You don’t have worry about being too precise or neat – it just helps to see your idea in 3-D so you can see it from various angles.
Below are a couple of prototypes we’ve made – as you can see we weren’t too worried about fine craftsmanship, but it gave us an excellent idea of how things would work together and what modifications to make to the final plan.
This prototype is made from thin corrugated cardboard. We used straws and toothpicks for the posts/railing system.
These stairs were complicated – we wanted a 2 level deck which then transitioned to stairs that cascaded down/out to the back yard. The prototype helped us visualize potential issues.
Finished Back Deck:
Kiosk for Church Entry:
We used balsa wood for this prototype – available at craft/hobby stores and hardware stores. It’s easily cut with an exacto knife and held together with hot glue. After we built this model, we decided to adjust the design by removing the 2x2s on the underside of the “roof” and to make the angled 1x4s shorter.
See more of Heidi’s artwork at Old Stuff. New Stories.
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Kitchen Remodel, http://hammerlikeagirl.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/back-to-the-kitchen/