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Sketchup – Modeling the Kaweah Falls House

April 10, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve blogged in the past about my Google Sketchup hobby. One resource I’ve found very useful is the Sketchup: A 3D Toolbox video podcast.  Cameron Scott guides viewers through lots of techniques and projects to improve modeling skills.  To mark the 50th episode, a new project modeling the Kaweah Falls house was kicked off.  Using a floorplan, the project will model the house.  This is pretty cool to me.  I’ve always been interested in architecture so I’m really curious to see how to use Sketchup to model this interesting home.

In the first part of the exercise, we imported the floorplan so that we could begin modeling. Because this structure has some parts on different axes we use the axis tool to change the axis so that our lines can be drawn correctly.  We then proceed to model the walls from the floorplan.  This was followed by using the offset tool to add thickness to the walls.  Before we use the push/pull tool to extrude the walls up to 8 feet, we first use the tool to extrude an 8 inch slab.  Now we use the push/pull again to pull up walls to 8 feet in height.  I made it sound so simple in just a few sentences, but it took me about an hour to get it right.  Check out the project as it stands now.  Looking forward to the next steps.

Kaweah Falls exercise

Kaweah Falls exercise

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Getting back into Sketchup

September 1, 2010 1 comment

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.