Milestones, Models, and Measurements- Oh my! Ally Reznicek with Bel Floratine Custom Designs

Hello, my fellow Streamers!  I am back, once again with Bel Floratine Custom Designs with an update with what we have been working on recently.

We are hard at work on Milestone 2!  In this section, we will actually be designing all of the furniture that will be built into the Whale.  With the Airstream’s curved shape, everything will be custom designed, which is where we will come in!  Some of these items include a couch, some tables, stools, counters- you name it, and we have it!

Someone has already modeled an Airstream using Sketch-up!

Someone has already modeled an Airstream using Sketch-up! (sketchucation.com)

Of course, we will be building all of these items ourselves.  This step, however, will be done at a later date- probably next month.  Right now, we are simply preparing for the building process using Google Sketch-up to model our designs.  I will be modeling a small table and the custom couch.  The custom couch may be the most difficult to construct because of its shape.  The couch will contour the front end of the Whale, which has an arc that will be difficult to measure and model in Google Sketch-up.

Its shape will look something like this

Its shape will look something like this (www.vintage-airstream.com)

Not to fear!  If Bel Floratine Custom Designs doesn’t know how to do something, we find someone who does.  We will have a knowledgeable professor come in to help us from ACC to help us overcome this bump in the road.  Thankfully, she is also an expert in Google Sketch-up, so she can help us in more ways than one.

I feel that our last milestone really helped us prepare for this one.  Last time, we took many different measurements and created to-scale renderings of the Whale.  We faced decisions like choosing between the metric and customary systems of measurement, visual appeal, and placement of furniture, all while ensuring that our client’s needs were fulfilled.  I feel like this Milestone will be similar; we will be making a scale model once more using Google Sketch-up which will be to-scale and include all of the appliances planned by the winning design team.   We will still be concerned with visual appeal, though at a smaller scale, and we will still be concerned with the placement of the furniture now that it will be drawn exactly to scale.

Everything will be exactly to-scale

Everything will be exactly to-scale (www.zeitnews.org)

Something we must keep in mind when designing our furniture are Product Standards which are outlined by the AHFA, otherwise known as the American Home Furnishings Alliance.  They outline things like the upholstery and foam that can be used in chairs, and how they must meet regulation.  Since we are building all of our own furniture, we may want to refer to some material found on this website.  They also address lighting issues and specific furniture requirements, for example there is an entire section on bunk beds.  In short- safety will be one of our biggest concerns.  Everything we will design and build will be sturdy and long-lasting to ensure the safety of our clients.  If we are going to leave an impression on this school, we must make it a good one.  We will not slow down now that we are so close to making this project a reality.

“People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.” –Lao Tzu

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