September 10, 2014 Leave a comment
I love drawing floor plans–even though I failed to become an architect–so I looked forward to illustrating my article about how we rearranged our home to make space for our new baby Lydia. I thought this also would be a great opportunity to learn to use TouchDraw, a drafting app I’d bought for my iPad months ago but had barely gotten to play with.
Unfortunately, a mere 15 minutes of attempting to make those drawings taught me that TouchDraw sucks. As best I can find, it can’t draw an arc–so how could I draw a door? Its lines seem to be looking for every opportunity to jump just slightly away from being perpendicular when you lift your finger after drawing. Its help files are laughably incomplete, set up by someone with good intentions of writing the help files someday.
Rather than spend time seeking a better drafting app, I decided to do the drawings by hand and then photograph them and post the photos. Of course, I already have a hand-drawn scale drawing of every room in our house (doesn’t everyone?) that I made as soon as we bought the house so that we could use the scale model paper cutouts of all our furniture to decide how to arrange the rooms. (We used it again to figure out this current arrangement.) I would simply tape that drawing to the table, roll out some of the proper architect’s trace-paper that I still have, trace the room, draw in the furniture, and make handwritten notes around the perimeter as necessary to explain details. I looked forward to doing this some night when Lydia went to sleep before I was totally exhausted and after I’d finished all my crucial chores.
Well, that didn’t happen any night last week! When I got up on Saturday morning, I explained the situation to my nine-year-old son Nicholas and noted that I would need to spend a couple of hours during the day working on my drawings.
“But Mama,” he said, “What about Room Planner?” Read more…