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On the Use and Effectiveness of Security Doors

December 3, 2009

So let us say that Contractor A is told that the key to the house is in a certain place and to make sure to put it back.  Then let us say that Contractor B shows up and the key isn’t there.  Contractor B has to get in the house and get to work!  Let us assume that he goes around and checks that all the windows are locked.  Finally he notices that the back door only has a security door on it, and no actual real door.  Now, one would hope that it being a security door, specifically put up because you don’t think a regular solid wood or steel door would be sufficient to keep out the zombie horde, it would keep out a polite contractor (though it had better be a very polite zombie horde as well since there is that huge unprotected picture window right next to the door….).  But apparently either the guy that designed these things is not earning his pay, or someone really did not install these things right.  It appears as though all it took to remove the door was about 30 seconds and a ratchet set.

So while all this excitement was happening, I was at work.  But, that doesn’t mean I don’t have something to post about today!

For a little while now I’ve been working on a Google Sketchup model.  So I thought I’d show you a couple views.

First, here is the property from the driveway:

It is still missing a lot of geometry, but not half bad if I say so myself.

A view of the house with roof removed:

And finally a view of the kitchen:

Those are all directly out of Sketchup.  I also have been playing with photorealistic rendering using an amazing piece of software called Indigo.  Indigo has a plugin for Sketchup called Skindigo.  Using the plugin and my model I can make some pretty slick looking renders.

Unfortunately that one image took about 50 hours to create… If you let it cook for less time there is more grain.

But still pretty slick!  We hope to use this to try out color combinations, try out different remodeling projects, and estimate quantities.  Not to mention the fun of having a model of your house to just play around with!

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  1. Lindsay (and Spence) permalink
    December 4, 2009 11:06 AM

    Have a little free time a work right now I see?

    “If you let it cook for less time there is more grain” sounds like an ancient Chinese proverb or something.

    I’m excited to hear what you guys can get done this weekend! Have fun with Spence, and I’ll think of you all as I’m downing the free drinks at Circus Circus!

    -Linds

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