The Dream Home Project
Background on this project
So I have been on vacation for the past week and have really been enjoying all the great nature down here in palm springs. I have been hiking through some awesome terrain throughout the area and even went to San Diego for three days were I had the chance to visit the midway aircraft carrier, the San Diego Zoo and even swim with the dolphins at the aquarium. I stayed at an awesome hotel right along a huge beach (the name escapes me at the moment) and have been having a great time.
The project (and challenge)
This has inspired me to start a project (and a challenge for all those who wish to join) where I am going to try and create my own paradise home, this will include the house and the lot which can be as small or as big as you like. Although I am going to keep mine within the realm of possibility anyone who wants to enter this friendly challenge are free to do whatever they wish, maybe a floating island or a space station.
My work so far
I have started modeling the house and have just finished the entrance hall, these are some renders of my work so far. (sorry for the watermark but I am trying a renderer which is great but the ddemo places a watermark on everything):
Overview of the entrance:
The main door, I am going to animate the opening of this since it opens a bit differently than other doors:
This is an overview of the entrance area from just inside the door:
This is under the walway and will lead to the basement of the building:
Another view of the soon to be door:
These are some of the stairs under the catwalk:
This is a overview from the back corner of the entrance:
Here is another pic right by the entrance to give you another view of the area under the catwalk:
Here is a cool pic just showing off the front:
So what you see is the enterance hall of my dream house, it is around 2,500 sq feet and 30 feet high from the highest to lowest point. The door is a concept I have created inspired by this
desing I found from looking for inspiration for this project. The aims is to create a large house with a master bedroom, three guest bedrooms, a master bathroom, five smaller bathrooms, a kitchen (pretty small since I have to cook), a large dining hall, indoor pool, laundry room, relaxation room, computer room, home theater, a games room and some other rooms I have not thought of yet. This will be a big house desinged in a very modern theme.
I have most of my inspiration from the rock formations I have seen on this trip including this
one. Other inspirations come from uncharted 2, mainly the parts where there are the water streams that are triggered by events and open new areas. Some of my favorite features, although not very visible in these renders are clear glass floors around two feet off the ground that will include rock gardens and small streams, these will be modeled in xsi at a later date.
I will start working on the terrain later on but still need to decide if I should make my dream home in a snowy valley or on some nice tropical islands (I am leaning towards the snowy valley since I love skiing.)
If you accept the challenge
I would love to see others peoples work on a similar project, will take away from all the violence (damn that sounds wierd coming from me :p) here on crymod. Also may let people really invision their dream home and could create some very nice and interesting levels.
Hope to see some interest from you guys and would love to see some other projects similar to this one on crymod. Also I am hoping to go into architecture later on in life so if anyone has any tips on what I could improve on for the house that would be awesome.
Thanks for reading this,
Update: NO.2 Pool Room
Update: Pool Room
Okay update time, I have been working on the pool room for my house which is around 75%, the main inspiration for this was the sandstone formations around the ocean by my friends house. It is around 300 square feet making it one of the largest rooms in the house.
Also I had to take the ceiling off of the pool since I have not gotten around to the windows and there is no such thing as lights in sketchup from what I know of.
Also for those who were worrying about texturing I have split the entire house model into 21 separate models.
A view from one of the doors to the pool room:
A view from the back corner:
View from under the bridge:
This is the door under the catwalk in the entrance to the pools
View of the entrance doors:
Another overview from the close left corner:
Thanks for reading my update, remember C&C is always appreciated.
Update No.3: Pool Room Finished
This is a quick update for you guys, I am 90% done the pool room, just need to add some doors to it and texture it. Also I have the terrain for my lot but din't think it would be interesting enough to show you guys. Finally for the very last shot I would like to see who guesses what is behind the doors. :p Winner gets a cookie.
View from the near right hand corner:
View from the far right corner:
View from the middle-left area:
What's behind the door?
Update No.3: Pool Room Finished
Thanks for reading the update again guys and don't forget to submit your guesses.
Update No.4: Hallways and home theatre
Sorry for the long gap between updates and the fairly small update. I have been very busy lately and have not had much time to work on the project. So this update is mainly just of a hallway I have created, I know its boring but I wanted to make sure people knew this project was still running. Also hopefully people will start watching this thread more often so I can get some more crits. Well onto the part that most of you will actually look at. :p
View from the near doors
View from the top of the stairs
The home theatre from the near corner (the mystery room)
The home theatre from the near corner
Thank you guys for reading the latest updates, I know the theatre is not very detailed but the rest will be filled with props. C&C welcome as always.
Update No.5: Guest Rooms and Hallway
Sorry for another small update, I have just been super busy lately and just found some time to keep on working on the project (and listen to two cd's I just bought.) This update is of the guestrooms located just above the swimming pool and the finished hallways. I still need to finish the upper hall (behind the rooms) and put the second guest room in. I decided to make the guest rooms with a lot of glass that can either tint or just with blinds, not sure yet but hopefully I can make it so they can tint for privacy.
View of the guest room from the upper hall
View of the hallways from inside
The hallway from outside
A quick render from the main entrance mainly for a test but just thought I would show you guys. Don't forget to clicky HD.
Due to the lack of time I have to dedicate to this project I have attached the model in .txt forum, just change the extension to .skp, open in sketchup and enjoy.
Thank you guys for reading the latest updates, I will still be working on this as much as possible, C&C is always appreciated. Also if anyone know how to embed youtube videos in HD on the forum could you tell me how, I would greatly appreciate it.