When we start on most projects around the house, it generally begins with a sketch. Even simply rearranging the furniture can benefit from a little visual brainstorming before the deed is done. Here are a few ways to lay your ideas to paper (or a computer screen) that are readily available to everyone - not just architects and designers:
- Grid Paper: We love this little staple-bound Rhodia gridded pad for sketching ideas on the go. It's small enough to keep with you and the grid helps you to sketch to scale.
- Sketchup: Get three-dimensional with Google Sketchup. Anyone can download the basic version here.
- Autodesk's iPhone App: For the mobility of the Rhodia with the digital quality of the computer, check out iPhone app Autodesk SketchBook Mobile. There's even a grid you can download to help you make more detailed drawings - it was created and made available by Sample the Web.
All three of these methods for laying down your design thoughts are pretty sophisticated compared to the craziness of grabbing a bar napkin or figuring things out on a piece of drywall. But whatever works, right? How do you sketch when you're DIY-ing?