Children's House

by RichardJohn, published

Children's House by RichardJohn Sep 20, 2012



Children's House by RichardJohn is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

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Children's House is designed to be assembled without nails, screws or bolts. It's a log cabin for the current century and technology and perhaps a new age of spiritual wisdom.

It has 11 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a large room with 30 single beds for children, a huge kitchen and an equally large social room. It is like none other. On youtube you can view the 3d walk-thru posted on this site plus two other videos at:


Right click the link and select 'open in new tab' or 'open in new window' to navigate to YouTube to access the other two videos.

If you download the CAD files and have the free CAD viewer from AutoDesk you can open the files and view the house from any angle, walk or fly thru the house or turn off layers to see how the boards connect (e.g., hiding the inside walls, outside walls, beams, roof, etc.).

You can also download CAD drawings showing each board's series of required cuts that must be made in a specified order; to both simplify and generalize the cuts for all boards as well as for the tools required to make notches, angle cuts, troughs, etc.

As it's designed now, the house is composed of ~7,000 pieces, like an intricate 3d jigsaw puzzle. Given all these boards, cut to specs, the structure is self-straightening, though not self-levelling. Unlike most houses, the entire structure could be disassembled and reassembled without tools (not including sub-systems, such as plumbing).

Comments and queries can be sent to childrenshouse@mail.com.



The house requires both the main 'children's house' file (chouse 367.dwg), and the floor file (floor.dwg) referred to in the main file.

The floor block is mirrored and polar arrayed 8 times about the house, so there are cuts that weren't made; e.g., the wall support ('h' layer) notches in layer 'b'. Since they don't go into all 8 sections, the main file size would balloon if the floor section was copied to make only some have the notches (I'm not a cad pro, and because I don't want to be, this was already hard enough working in 3d). Without these cuts, the inside walls will not be supported and will not stand.

The roof structure without nails has not been designed except as 32 3d objects. I imagined the furniture being without nails as well and interlocked into the floor boards.

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