Schematic model house

It is the new year but I am still catching up with old news!

Nov 13,2013 — This past semester I took an interior architecture class and one of the things we had to do was design a home. I had to make what is called a schematic model — basically a rough model that is to scale that shows how the house is laid out. It was the first time I did this and an interesting learning experience.

I had to drive to the art store to buy a huge board of chip board, which is basically the cardboard you find on the back of a legal pad, but at a certain thickness to keep it to scale. Then I had to cut out all the little pieces for each wall using an Xacto knife.

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There were a lot of pieces. It was kind of hard to keep track what piece went where! I also discovered chipboard is no fun to cut with an Xacto knife! Especially curves.

 

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The glueing was done by putting a puddle of Elmer’s glue on scrap board (in upper part of photo below) and dipping the wall sides into the glue. Then I held the walls in place.

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Here’s the house in progress…

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… and the finished house! It is at 1/8″=1 foot scale.

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Albert decided to make his own “home improvements” by installing a “security system.”

 

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He used to play miniature war games and it turns out his Persian minis were the right scale! How appropriate that he even parked the chariot in the garage.

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He also had the pike men facing the window.

 

 

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And of course, the elephants patrolling the outside.

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My husband is so funny!

 

A Yee

Angela Yee is a professional designer (graphic design, stage design, interior design — angelayeedesign.com) and teaches leadership skills at strategysketchnotes.com.

3 comments to “Schematic model house”

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  1. Carmen Lin - January 12, 2014

    Now that your children are away in college, you two will be a good pair to play whatever games you like.

  2. Nikki - July 3, 2016

    Is that cardboard?

  3. A Yee

    A Yee - July 3, 2016

    Yes! It’s regular cardboard, also known as chipboard.

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