How to plan a house with SketchUp project diy?
It is not always easy to do a home improvement project on your own. Sometimes, it seems quite simple when you started, but before you know it, you realize that if you had taken appropriate measures and planned your renovation project in a little more detail in advance, he would have saved a lot of headaches.
Since I arrived at a DIY project that I am planning this year, I needed a program that would help me plan the whole project. The project in question is a renovation of the basement. I plan to convert our basement to a finished basement, both a room and a washroom.
Before I start laying on my plan, I took all the steps in the room necessary to assemble a good sketch of the room so that I can plan the walls, the furniture and the rest of the project. To do this, I need software that would allow me to draw the room using all of these measurements.
There are a lot of CAD applications, we covered here in MUO, including Angela review of LibreCAD, which I used for a little interior design as well as. Then, in the directory that we covered applications like BabyCAD and DesignYourRoom. However, I think the best absolute application to “sketch” a chamber design like this is obviously SketchUp!Free CAD drawing for Linux, Windows & Mac using FreeCADDessin CAO free for Linux, Windows & Mac using LibreCADLibreCAD Beta 4 is an open source 2D free customer of CAO, which can be used for all kinds of 2D design, including architectural plans, engineering writing, graphic design and design of mechanical parts. The..Read more
Planning your DIY project with SketchUp
A little back, I covered SketchUp 7.1 to create 3D buildings for Google Earth. It was very clear to me at the time that SketchUp was quite impressive CAD software, created with the regular user in mind. It is simple to use, very easy to learn, and the things you can do with the rivaling tool with a lot of paid drawing applications there. For the renovation of the DIY room in particular, SketchUp offers a bunch of tools that make it ideal for work.
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Today it is SketchUp 8. When you launch the software, the home screen is the same as it was in version 7.1 – where you can choose the template to start using for your project. In my case, I went for architectural design for the development of the room plan.
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When you start with your drawing, you will find a woman standing at X, Y, coordinate Z intersection. This is your starting point for drawing.
Ready to start? As I said, the learning curve is steep not at all. Just click on the rectangle tool in the menu , then click and release a corner of the rectangle. Then click and release the next corner along the same axis where you want to place your wall. Finally, draw the third point to place the rectangle along your second chosen axis. It can be a bit tricky, playing with the cursor moving to get the rectangle to align it with the axis you want.
Keep in mind that you are laying the walls, that you can see the actual length of the wall in the lower right corner of the design screen. Using these measures, I was able to quickly put the walls of the exterior basement using the dimensions I had taken earlier.
Another interesting feature is the tape measurement tool. You can use this tool to click in all positions and measure a distance in all directions. As you set up the band measurement, you will see a dotted line partner with it. This is really cool for adjusting the wall heights or an object before pulling them.
In less than 15 to 20 minutes, I was able to finish the drawing on the exterior walls of our future finished basement. You want to know how to draw the stairs? It is easy, just draw a rectangle, then use the button / traction tool in the menu to stretch it in a long square rectangle. Just copy and paste each step and place them on board.
To set up the measurement of the user guides, you build your project later, you can use the nifty “” Tool in the Tools menu. Just throw your cursor along the edge that you want to show the measure for, and the pop-out dimension as you would see on professional drawings.
A useful way to draw attention to fixed objects in the middle of a room is to perform measurements on the object from two walls. Then, in your SketchUp drawing, all you need to do is use the tape measurement tool to take measurements of the walls you have built. When the lines intersect is where you need to draw this object. In my case, the object is a pole from floor to ceiling.
Once you have your new drawn room, you can play with the wall colors just to see how the different color drawing works. You can do this by clicking Tools and “, The choice of color you want to try, then clicking on the surface you want to paint.
Below, you can also use 3D text or text to add notes anywhere in your drawing.
Also, I think one of my absolute preferred features is the “” Tool under the menu option. This is a really cool tool that allows you to place a cursor in the design you have created, you can take a look at how your new room looks at ground level, as if you are walking in the room yourself.
It is interesting to see a design from this angle, rather just an top view design like most CAD systems. Using this view, you can take a look at different corridors or layout of the premises to make sure the room really tilts you wait when you are finished.
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The good thing is that if you have taken specific action on everything, this “walking” perspective will provide a fairly accurate representation of what you can expect.
During your DIY renovation design process, don’t forget to use the Paint Pool tool to also add the right materials for things like floors and doors. Doing the wooden door in your drawing will make the layout look at everything more closely at reality, and it will help you visualize the look you are really going to make.
As you can see, SketchUp goes beyond designing a DIY project. It allows you to test different colors and materials, it allows you to maintain the accuracy and dimensions you expect from a professional design, and it also allows you to take a look at your project from the ground – which is about as close to a realistic simulation of your project as you can expect to get with a computer.
Can you think of fresh projects you want to use SketchUp? Have you ever used SketchUp for one of your own projects? Share your experiences and comments in the comments section below.