Dream home design

During my time in Propel I will be designing my dream home. I will have 3 main stages, first I will have a design period where I will create napkin sketches, and final sketches, I will then have a feedback stage where I will create a Designget feedback on my final designs. Once I receive feedback my last stage will be my final stage, applying the feedback, creating my final sketches with the new feedback applied, and creating the great room (kitchen, living room, and dining room

During my time in Propel I will be designing my dream home. I will be creating a modern 2 story house that would be able to accommodate a family. I will have 3 main stages, first I will have a design period where I will create napkin sketches which are rough sketches where you are just getting your ideas down onto paper, and final sketches (before feedback), I will then have a feedback stage where I will create a Design Brief which is a paper with pictures of my sketches and some paragraphs explaining my ideas and thoughts. Once I have a Design Brief I can give that to others such as classmates, family, and even real architects to get feedback on my final designs.  Once I receive feedback my last stage will be my final stage, applying the feedback, creating my final sketches with the new feedback applied, and creating the great room (an open-concept kitchen, living room, and dining room) My milestones are first sketches, final sketches, feedback, apply feedback, and final design. 

I decided to break my project down the way I did because it is what makes most sense. If I broke my project down in any other way it would not work. Let’s say I got feedback after I was completely done my final sketches and my Google Sketchup models, that wouldn’t make sense. One other reason I broke it down the way I did was because when I was doing my proof of concept I learnt that feedback is very needed so I made sure I had time to incorporate it. 

For the next week and a half I will be working on my napkin sketches and creating my final sketches before I get feedback. My steps I will follow to accomplish this are designing the rough floor plan of the main floor, second floor, and, basement. Then I will figure out the sizes of everything like walls, kitchen appliances, etc. Once I have figured out the sizes I will create my final sketches before I create my design brief to get feedback. 

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Proof of Concept Review

A proof of concept is proving that you have the skills you need to finish your final project on time. For my proof of concept, I needed to create napkin sketches, and final sketches of a bus shelter and my re-designed bedroom. I also needed to create a real-world model of my bus shelter and a 3D Google Sketchup model of my re-designed room. During the two week period of my proof of concept, I have learnt the basics of Google Sketchup. In the beginning, I had no idea how to use it and by the end of the two week period, I was able to create my room with furniture. I have also learnt that I am not too fond of creating real-world models. I now know how to find the scale factor of measurements. One last thing I learnt was that I enjoy the floor plan and the interior design part of architecture. This knowledge tells me that for my project going forward I would definitely like to do something with floor plans and interior design. I also now know that I will want to model my final project in Google Sketchup and not real world model it. 

In the end, I would love my project to be a Google Sketchup model of my dream house that I created the floor plan for and designed all the interior. My dream house would be a modern home that would easily accommodate a family of 3 or more children. One last thing I would like to accomplish for my final project is learning new skills in Google Sketchup. 

My Impressions on the First Few Weeks as a Propel Student

The first few weeks… well let’s say that they have not been the easiest. Being away for the majority of the time has caused a lot of stress in my life the past couple of weeks. Missing seven school days in a row, starting the second day of the semester. Then needing to catch up over a single weekend was a challenge. But in spite of all the stress and catch up work, I still know that Propel is worth it! There have already been many lessons that I know will stick with me outside of high school and into the real world. Two lessons that will stick with me are “Embrace the Shake” TED Talk by Phil Hansen, and the Improvement Kata lesson.

“Embrace the Shake” taught us to embrace your limitations instead of letting them stop you. Not only did this TED Talk teach us to embrace limitations that we cannot control, but also to create limitations for ourselves that are completely in our control. Phil Hansen not only had the limitation of the shaking in his hands, but he also set limitations for himself. Each piece of art he did, he had a new limitation. Some being a budget of a dollar or only using objects that would self-destruct like matches.

The Improvement Kata lesson taught us that to learn something new you will need to try many times. You will need to try new strategies until you find what works for you. We needed to try to put our twelve-piece puzzle together as fast as we could. We had a start time which was how fast we could do it without any strategy. Then we tried something new each time we built it to see if we could do it faster. What we had learned was that to go forward you will need to also go back. Going backward is not a bad thing! Going backward teaches you as much as going forwards.

Propel… yes, it is full of stress and hard work but I can already tell that this is going to be so worth it! Everything I’m going to learn is worth all this stress because it will help me out way beyond high school.

What is next for me is starting to learn how to use Google Sketchup to create 3D models of houses and buildings. The idea in my head right now is that by the end of this semester I will have designed my dream home. I would love to be able to put on paper the ideas that have always been in my head. Then be able to put it into Google Sketchup and design the interior and make my ideas into more of a reality. To me taking the house that is in my head and be able to see it in 3D would be so amazing! To turn my ideas into action I am going to learn Google Sketchup. Next, I will start to think of a detailed list of stuff I know I want to include in my house.

I know that in the end, Propel is going to be so worth it! All the lessons I am going to learn that will last with me throughout my life is so worth it. On top of that being able to end up with an amazing project that could help me out in university or future jobs. I am so excited to see what this semester has in store for me!