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House On Stilts

I was recently asked to do a residential design for a 197 sqm. lot in a humble community in Taguig City. It isn’t a formal work though. Pagpraktisan ko daw. And so I did.

Because the site is flood prone, the first requirement is to elevate the house up to one storey. Basically, the main living space will start on the second floor. The space on the ground level will then be used as a garage and as a multi-purpose space for family events/activities and it will be an area for expansion when they decide to eat up more space in the future. They also prefer a deck instead of a roof – well, more expansion options.

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Things I do in Photoshop

I have a confession: I am a certified Photoshop-er. Oh wait, you know that already?

I started learning the art back in 2011. I began with simple adjustments of levels, curves and brightness, with dodging and with burning, with clone stamping. I was then forced to learn more when I was doing my architectural rendering for my thesis in 2012. With the help of Alex Hogrefe’s tutorials, I have improved. Today I use Photoshop for a living (well, not entirely) and sometimes just when I’m bored. For example:

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VRAY for SKETCHUP: Before. In-between. After.

Show of hands, are Architecture students reading me today? Hmmmm, I can sense some. Okay then, let’s proceed!

I’m sure most of you know Google SketchUp, unless you use more sophisticated software such as Revit or 3ds Max. I personally don’t know how to use Revit and my 3ds Max skills are getting rusty (although I am planning to rekindle soon!) so right now, SketchUp is my way to go. It’s just simpler and easier although a bit limiting for me.

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Vray for SketchUp, Finally!

I now know how to do a decent rendering using Vray for Sketchup! 

I know what some of you are thinking: “Just now?”, but well, I never really understood Vray and its.. complications until an office mate helped me decipher each and every tab and button. Surprisingly, I now think it’s pretty straightforward. I shall explore on it more, read tutorials and Vray blogs here and there. Hello photo-realistic renderings soon! MUST. PRACTICE.

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