The Precut Porch
A detailed SketchUp model and cutlist allow much of this portico’s prep work to be done in the shop
Remodeler Michael Patterson explains how he saves time by using SketchUp to create a detailed computer model and cutlist for a project and then cutting as much of the lumber as possible in the shop rather than on the job site. He illustrates his process in this article with a portico. He was able to truck the components to the site in one trip and then assemble them quickly.