I recently created a (rough) 3D model of a Woods style coop in SketchUp. Link to it below.
First though, for the uninitiated, SketchUp is 3D modeling software. The non-pro version, SketchUp Make, that is free for personal use.
Link to download SketchUp Make:
3D modeling software can require a fair amount of computing power. Nowadays, most all fairly-new computers will meet the minimum system requirements in order to operate the software effectively.
If you aren't sure if yours does, there is a "SketchUp Checkup" program you can run to find out:
You may find that once you start using 3D models for building projects, you're hooked, and find them essential.
Have a good model is like have a good set of drafting plans, souped up with modern tech.
Besides being able to view each part of your project, and how it comes together, you can have a look at things like how the sun will hit your building on any given day or time of the year.
People can be intimidated by the learning curve. I know I was. The good news: it is fairly easy to learn *just enough* to be able to get a look at things.
There is also a lot of instruction available. Just search the internet, and you'll find plenty of articles and videos explaining how to do different things.
SketchUp is the program I know about. If there are others, please let me know!
I think that having a good repository on this forum of actual coop plans, above and beyond all the great pictures and descriptions that are already available, would be a huge asset.
I'm writing this post in hopes that maybe others agree, and would like to contribute to the effort.
I've already posted links to the (very) (rough) plan for a chicken coop I put together on 2 other threads, but I think that 3D modeling is enough it's own subject, that I've started a new thread on it.
So here again is a link to the (again, very rough) plan for a chicken coop I adapted from the design from chapter 6 (p. 59+) from "Open-air Poultry Houses for All Climates: A Practical Book on Modern Common Sense Poultry Housing for Beginners and Veterans in Poultry Keeping. What to Build and how to Do It. Houses that Will Promote Health, Vigor and Vitality in Laying and Breeding Stock"
Here's a link to the SketchUp model:
While that link will show you an image of my design, to really see it you have to download and install the software.
I know for myself, having a good model will help me immensely when I build a new coop.
Are others either already familiar with making 3D models, or interested in learning how, and willing to start putting some of these coop designs together?
If so, please reply to this thread with your thoughts, and we'll find out if this is something the community is interested in.