EQ7 Helps with Kitchen Design

My husband and I have a small cabin on an island in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We were there a few weeks ago for a late summer get-away and with plans to see how we could re-design the kitchen/dining/entry area. We want this to be use this as well as our children and their spouses, and future grandchildren. Having been built in 1985, as a fisherman's place, it is in need of some re-dos.
This is the width of our little piece of the island.
I took my laptop with intentions of designing some quilt tops. In the past, my husband and I have worked with graph paper on all our building-type projects. But as I began taping sheets together for the correct scale, I remembered reading how Beaquilter used her EQ7 program to help design the family's outside deck. I got the laptop out and opened the EQ7 program.

It is the kitchen area we want to re-do. It just doesn't work to our efficiency.We took measurements of the wall and room height. I set up a Custom Layout on the Quilt Worktable. The grid lines didn't help because we were working with 3" increments. So I clicked on View>Rulers.

I drew blocks in Blocks> Easy Draw that represented the cabinets, windows, refrigerator, stove and counter tops that we wanted. After much moving around (easy when using this program), this is what we came up with:

We won't be starting on this for another year or so, but it gives us an idea of what we can look for in cabinets, a 30" stove to replace the 27" one that is over 40 years old. We'd like a newer refrigerator and sink. We are not sure about the wall covering/finishing. We'd like something that is moisture-proof as the cabin can get damp on the island. But we are both happy with the clean lines that EQ7 helped us draw and the ease of use. It sure beat erasing or using more graph paper!

Have you ever used EQ for a non-quilting project?


Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

That's very clever. It's going to look great :)

Needled Mom said...

Great idea. It's fun to see it planned out like that.

Susan said...

What a clever idea! I don't have the program, but it is obviously very versatile!

Catherine said...

Such a great idea! I'm still only beginning to grasp some of the possibilities of EQ7 - as soon as I learn one thing, I forget another - but you inspire me!

beaquilter said...

awesome! yeah I used it for planning furniture placement in my current craft room :)

Mary said...

How smart. What a great idea.