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Third Design

SketchUp has been out for some time, but I never got around to trying it out. I guess I’ve seen too many mechanical engineers with their 30″ LCDs and their massive CAD machines. Well SketchUp is about as intimidating as my dachsund. I didn’t realize this until just recently when I found a good reason to check it out.

Like lots of people this year, I got an LCD HDTV. It’s a perfect fit for my small living room, as it takes up far less space than my old 35″ tube HDTV. I’m using this new purchase as an opportunity to really streamline my livingroom and get rid of a ton of junk. I guess this means that I’m finally actually decorating.

That’s where my problems started. I do have some design sense, but I don’t really have a strong imagination for decorating. I’m pretty sure that I want to mount the TV on the wall, but I was have problems visualizing it…mostly because I still have akwardly large speakers.

This is about the time that it hit me. I’ll just model that wall with SketchUp and see how it looks from just about any angle. It really helped. This image that I’ve posted above it a third draft, and I was sure that I’d like the tables in the first two. But once I saw them next to the speakers, they looked like garbage. I’m not sure if I’ll go with this third design, but it’s certainly much closer.