3D Modeling Our Country House (Scandinavian / Baltic style)

Updated: 18 January, 2023 seen 37

This Spring we are planning another awesome DIY project - to build a Scandinavian-style house in rural Latvia. A simple, one-storey building, with a total area slightly under 60m2.

The local construction law in Latvia classifies buildings under 60m2 as Group 1 buildings, which requires fewer losened rules, just a description of the construction plan, and a minimal building plan is required to be submitted at bis.gov.lv

I'm planing to build this house myself, thus saving a lot on construction. There are no set timeframe for the project, but I would say it looks like a two Summer project. Fullfilling Summers.

For the past few weeks, I have been in touch with a few architects, looking to order a project for our house to submit to the local construction board to get a construction permit.

So far I have got two offers - an individual offer for about EUR 7,000 and a project from a template for about EUR 650. 

The price for the individual project seems way too high, while the reputation of template project authors raises some doubts. 

In my opinion - a house is just some square shape with a triangle roof, I don't see a reason for an individualy shaped square. The inside-room planning also doesn't sound like rocket science. 

Anyhow, I decided, screw you guys - I will design the project myself using Sketchup 3D Modeling. 

After a good afternoon watching some Youtube videos and drawing the design of our house, I decided to look for ready-made projects and found this awesome project: Modèle Nordique70

I downloaded the project files and started to experiment - wow, just awesome

3D Modeling Scandi House
3D modeling Scandi house

SketchUp for web app is just awesome. Also the ready made and shared project for Scandi house is awesome. Exactly what I was looking for.

Now I will need to spend some time to udnerstand how to actually edit this project and make it smaller under 60m2.

Also I wonder, will the local construction board will accept my own drawings without a signature from architect.

3d modeling
3d modeling back view of the house

Another thing I need to learn from SketchUp - how to see actual inside floor plan.

But, here you go - in case you are looking to save huge  - think SketchUp app