Monday, March 28, 2011

Drawing a floor plan

Unit One of my Interior Design course has finally made it's way back into my hands with rave reviews. I am happy to announce that I received an A- for my first unit. While I would have preferred a higher mark my teacher was quick to point out that the mark for the first unit is usually the lowest. So things should be looking up the next time around.

Speaking of which Unit Two of my course has finally arrived in the mail and I have been busy working my way through it.  I have completed all the lessons and have now started on the project for this unit, drawing a floor plan for my previously sketched living room and sketching and drawing a floor plan for a bedroom.
Along with the lessons I also received 5 interior design books, a drafting tablet, pencils, t-rule, an eraser and brush, sharpener, door template and rulers. I am slowly feeling more and more professional as we go on.

Here is the break down of what Unit Two has taught me.

Lesson one got right to the heart of the matter and went through the process of how to draw a finished floor plan. We practised on a fictional room and then as our final project we had to draw a finished floor plan for both a bedroom and a living room. The work I have done in the first two units is accumalative and I will continue to adapt and add on to these rooms, as well as start work on new rooms.
Lesson two focused on two key issues of design, furniture selection and colour scale. the first half of the lesson went over the guidelines for what to look for in furniture, where to buy it and how to know if it suits a particular room. The second half of the lesson got me painting up a storm as I learned how to vary the value and intensity of colours.
Lesson three delved into period furniture, and the first period we looked at was Early American Farmhouse Style. Which turns out to be the style I am mist particularly drawn to. We had a mini test after this lesson in which we had to select all the American Farmhouse furniture out of a drawing of twenty different furniture styles.
Lesson four was on the business side of things and had us looking over how to write up a Letter of Agreement with our clients. This section of the course really makes it clear that what I might now consider a hobby could potential be a future career.

I look forward to receiving feedback on my work and getting started on the next unit. However with a baby due any day now I am not sure how much time I will have to devote to my studies. I am just happy I am off to a good start and that I am truly enjoying the work.

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