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Dog House
In this assignment I learned the basic setting and tool in SketchUp to help me in the future of this class and it would help me if I decide to pursue a career of an architect. I have learned to create walls using the push/pull tool. I have learned to make a roof using the move tool. I learned how to paint my dog house and the land around it to be as realistic as possible. I also learned how to use the circular tool to help me build objects like a dog bowl. Last but no least I have learned to add components into my drawing. In the future of this course I will be able to apply these skills to help me complete the assignments.
One problem I ran into during this assignment was that my roof wasn't lining up straight when I extended it to the top. To fix this problem I back tracked and realized that where my house came to a point it was not exactly in the middle like it had to be. I fixed this problem and my roof lined up exactly like it should. In the future I will be sure to make sure my roof is in the middle like it should be.
I was successful in being creative. In the future when we need to think outside the box and come up with something creative I will take on the task full force and think as creative as I can be. I was creative by my second dog house out of the ordinary. I could of made a dog house that was plain, boring and simple. Instead I made a mini house for your dog to chill. This would be a dog house for dogs that are spoiled by their owner. I was creative by applying my skills I learned in making the first dog house and extending them to create a 2 door small building dog house.

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School House
Since the last drawing I have been working on making a school house. I have learned how to use the offset tool to create a different style roof. I have learned how to add components onto my school house so it has many windows and doors. I learned how to add a component window and create more with the move/copy tool without having to keep downloading a new component window. In the future I will be able to add windows and save time by using the move/copy tool, I will be able to make different styles of roof and I will be to add components to my building or object that I’m making.School House
One problem I ran into while doing this assignment was that my component windows went into the wall and instead of being transparent it was opaque and looked like the bricks on my wall. To fix this problem I had to delete the window and do it one window at a time so my windows wouldn't be pushed into my wall.
I was successful in following directions and helping other people that were stuck or had a problem. For the most part things ran smoothly, I read the directions and everything was easy and simple. I finished the school before many of my classmates were done. When my classmates were stuck and needed help in solving a problem I was there to help. In the future I will be able to apply the skills I have learned to do new assignments and build what I need to build.
I showed creativity by making the huge MV emblem outside of my school. This logo represents the school that I attend and is large enough to see it from an ariel view high above.

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Floor Plan
Since the last drawing I have been working on making a floor plan for a house. In this assignment I have learned how to create walls on this inside and outside of my house. I have learned how make doorways and windows into my floor plan and I also learned to label each room. In the future if I have to make a floor plan I will be able to successfully apply these skills that I have learned to create a floor plan.
One problem I ran into during this assignment was using the move/copy to make a doorway. Whenever I tried to make a copy of the door on the other side of the wall the move/copy tool didn't allow to to line it up directly with the other side. To fix this problem I pressed the right or left arrow to lock it into the axis so I could successfully copy it the door to the other side.
I was successful in adding doors into my floor plan. At first I ran into some problems with the doors but after I figured out how to make them things ran slick and I was able to quickly add in doors with ease.
I showed creativity in taking the skills I learned from making the doors and using those skills to make windows in my design. I used all the same concepts and skills to make the windows in my floor plan.


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Simple Chair
Since the last drawing I have been working on making a simple chair. In this assignment I have learned how to make components to make it easier to complete my chair. I also learned how to use the rotate tool and follow me tool. In the future I will be able to make components to use them again and I will be able to use the follow me and rotate tool to make chairs and other furniture.
One problem I ran into during this assignment was using the rotate tool. I used the rotate tool to make the back of my chair. Whenever I used the rotate tool to duplicate the back pieces it would not copy to the other side. To fix this problem I watched the video really close till I realized what I was doing wrong. I had forgot to highlight the back chair piece so it would be able to copy correctly.
I was successful in using the follow me tool, even though I had never used it before it was a easy tool for me to use. I quickly grasped the concept on how to use it and finished my chair in no time.
In this project there isn't a way that you could show creativity.
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Deck
Since the last drawing I have been working making a deck. In this assignment I have learned how to group objects and make them components. After I have made a component I learned how to use the move/copy tool to make multiple of the same components evenly spaced out. Other than this I have already used all the other tools that were required to make the deck. In the future I will be able to make multiple copies of components and I will be able to add a deck to a building if I want one.
One problem that I ran into during this assignment was making a group. I was able to make groups before with no problem but I ran into a problem. I kept selecting all with the same material but it was selecting materials that I didn't want it to. It turns out that there was another material with the same color in my design I didn't notice. To fix the problem I changed the color of the material I didn't want to be part of the group.
I was successful in following the directions and using the tools that I needed to use. I did most of the assignment without any problem by following the directions step by step. When I made the second deck I used the follow me to make my deck railings look realistic and extravagant.
I showed creativity by using the skills I learned in the first deck to make my second deck a different shape. I also took the skills I learned from the chair to make my deck balusters a different shape. I extended what I knew from the follow me tool to add shapes on my balusters.

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Clock
Since the last drawing I have been working on making clocks. In this assignment the only tool I learned how to use was the freehand tool. During the previous assignments I learned all of the other tools that were needed to create the clock. The freehand tool allows me to draw lines in any direction or shape that I desire. Although I did not use the freehand tool to make the clock hands I still learned how to use it. I didn't use it because I thought my clock hands looked to lopsided. When I used the other tools like the line, circle and push/pull tool the hand came out symmetrical and neater looking. In the future if I need a shape that isn't perfectly straight or rounded I will be able to apply the skills I learned with the freehand tool to make the right shape.
I didn't have any problems with making the clock. It was a relatively easy assignment to follow the directions. When I made the other clocks for a 4 the same skills had to be applied and everything was simple to make because I have already used all of the tools before.
I was successful in adding the hours to the clock. Mr. Bailey challenged us to use the rotate tool to make all of the hours and not just have 4 hours on the clock. In the future I will be able to use the rotate tool to copy things equidistant apart like the hours in the clock.
I was creative in adding detail to my clock hands. I made them look like realistic and have superior quality. Instead of leaving them solid and boring looking I used the line, circle and push/pull tool to make the hands realistic looking.

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Stairs
Since the last drawing I have been working on making stairs. I learned how to construct stairs by following certain dimensions. In this project we didn't have a video to teach us how to make something we had to take what we knew and apply those skills to make the stairs without an instruction video just dimensions we had to follow. In the future I will be able to have dimensions I need to follow and make an object.
One problem I ran into during this assignment was when I was making the spiral stairs my circle wasn't big enough to reach all the way around. To fix this problem I drew the circle again and drew the line differently this time so the outside edge of the circle was straight.
I was successful in creating the first set of stairs without receiving any instruction, just dimensions. I was used to seeing how to make something step by step but in this project you had to be creative enough to know how to make the stairs by the required dimensions. In the future If I make a house or something else that needs stairs I will be able to successfully add them to any design.
I showed creativity by making the spiral stairs. The spiral stairs were more complex and difficult to make over the regular stairs.

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Home Design
The house I have created is a split-level design. The split-level design takes advantage of the terrain so you can build around and not have to pay money to flatten the terrain. The split-level house I made is also a garrison style house. A garrison style house is when the first floor is larger than the second floor. Picture 1 shows how my second floor is bigger than the first floor.
If there is a lot with terrain then a split level house would be more cost efficient then a lot with flat terrain. If you already have a flat lot then it would make sense to build a a one or two story house instead of a split level house.
The maintenance on a split level house could be a pro or a con. It could be a pro if there was only one floor because you would be able to maintain the roof because it’s not as tall. It would be a con if it was two stories because the height of the building would make it hard to maintain.
This split level house is not accessible for disability. This is because the house needs stairs to get from level to level and I did not include an elevator in my house.
The heating in a split level house may be a problem because of the way it is designed. Some parts of the house might get more heat then other parts of it. To fix this problem in my house I would include separate thermostats for various zones of my house so the heat can be evenly distributed throughout the house. Picture 3 shows how I would put different zones in my house to heat.