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How I Created My Cool House For Free - Using GIMP

Updated on November 29, 2014

GIMP 2.8.6

Cool house - and no need to worry about mortgages
Cool house - and no need to worry about mortgages

I started a new project with a Width of 3000 and a height of 1500. If I zoom in by 33.3%, I find it sits nicely on the canvas and offers the maximum of coverage, i.e. it's the perfect dimension for this particular project.

Canvas size
Canvas size

The idea I had in my head as far as the design for my house was, I wanted a house that sits slightly elevated, has a one car garage and is two stories high. I then set up guides to make a reference of the fundamental areas of the house. As I mentioned a few Hubs back, I'm a firm believer in GIMP's guides!


Now, I got the basic foundation for the house laid out.

House foundation
House foundation

I filled the house itself with the hex color 8f8b7a. Then, I created the roof and filled it with 1e1a1a. After that, I started on the roof shingles (if you want to call them that) by first stroking a path with a color slightly darker than the color of the roof from one end to the other, horizontally.

And after that, vertically, at an angle to give the roof the illusion that it is "pitched" like a teepee.

Roof shingles - I think
Roof shingles - I think

I extended the front of the house where I will include the garage and front main entrance to the house. I also added the roof for this extension.

House extension
House extension

I then saved my image as a JPEG, so I could clean up a little bit using the Eraser Tool. I also added some touch-ups to some edges to add a shadow effect.

Cleaning house
Cleaning house

At this point in time, I got the garage door completed along with the front door. I built a stone wall between the garage and main entrance with a molding to enhance the style. I will be incorporating this style throughout the entire project.

Garage and front door completed
Garage and front door completed

Since my last creation update, I added an extension to my house in the form of an upstairs bedroom. Then, I added some windows to bring in the light - to include a colorful stain glass window. Now, I also threw in some more brick work to help decorate my house and give it some flair.

Final house touches
Final house touches

On the final features of my house, I added a carport, entrance walkway - all constructed of cement - and, who couldn't resist, a small lawn to keep the family terrier happy and the doggie pickup bag full. So, who's says the market is too expensive these days to own a house? Here you go!

Final image
Final image


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      3 years ago

      No problem Danielspages2013

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      Daniel Baker 

      3 years ago from João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil

      Thank you for the comment!

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      3 years ago

      That is truly amazing!


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