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Getting back into Sketchup

The past few days, I haven’t done any coding at home after work.  I decided to get back to something I really enjoy doing in my free time…3-D modeling.  I once had an interest in becoming an architect and still find myself looking at buildings taking in different elements here and there.  Google Sketchup is a free and simple tool used to build 3D models of buildings and everyday objects.  I’ve been using it off and on for a few years now and like to think of myself as something just past beginner.

About a year ago, I set about to model the entire ground floor of my house.  I walked all around the place with tape measure and pencil and paper.  I’m sure my wife thought I was crazy.  In the end, I had a fairly decent model including furniture, flooring, and appliances.  It was a lot of work, but I enjoyed doing it.

First floor

Life happened and I got very busy at work so Sketchup kinda took a back seat.  Recently, however, I decided to pick it back up.  I remembered a video podcast put on by Harwood Production Network (www.harwoodpodcast.com).  There are now at least 20 episodes I haven’t seen so I picked up where I think I left off building a simple model of a house.  It was great to see that I remember many techniques I had picked up before so I was modeling pretty quickly in no time.  3 episodes in and I’ve got walls, door and window components, paint, flooring, and cladding done.  Looking forward to finishing this one off.  Here’s what it looks like so far.

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  1. September 2, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Looks great. I had not heard of Sketchup, but it looks like a really interesting tool. I bet a tool like this would be really nice when thinking about a home remodel. I find switching gears to projects like this once in awhile is a really nice diversion from normal pursuits like programming.

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