I have included two pictures of my house that I made with SketchUp. I really enjoyed the project and I didn’t find it too difficult. I did have to watch a video in order to learn how to make the dormer, but the process was actually very straightforward. Other than that, the only difficulty I had was sometimes I had trouble trying to add the roofs. For some reason it would not allow me to drag the line I created upward in order to create the shape of the roof. I ended up having to delete the base of the roof in and start over, but then it would work. I wish I would have spent a little more time creating the windows to m5ake them look a little more realistic, but I felt that would have taken a significant amount of time.
I think one of the most useful tools on SketchUp is the line draw tool. Not only does it allow you to create certain shapes besides rectangles, but it is a useful way of keeping everything consistent. I drew lines on my house in order to keep all the windows at the same spot on the walls. Lines are also very easy to delete to clean things up. Also, if you are having problems with a certain rectangle, you don’t have to delete the whole rectangle, just the line that is causing trouble. I found it very convenient that the line turns the color of the axis it is parallel to in order to keep lines straight.
Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create 3D models of anything you like. The main page (including the download) is at http://sketchup.google.com/. It’s free so you can try it at home too! You can build models from scratch, or you can download what you need. People all over the world share what they've made on the Google 3D Warehouse. It's a huge, searchable repository of models, and it's free. Explore the Google 3D Warehouse at http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/.
Self-paced tutorials are SketchUp files designed to give interactive training to help you develop your SketchUp skills. To go through these tutorials, first read Running the Google Sketchup Tutorials and then click on these links, one at a time, in order:
1. Introduction to SketchUp
2. Google SketchUp Self-Paced Tutorial - Part 1
3. Google SketchUp Self-Paced Tutorial - Part 2
4. Google SketchUp Self-Paced Tutorial - Part 3
Our Class Assignments
Sketchup Design Exercise 1, Sketchup Design Exercise 2, Sketchup Design Exercise 3
Final Sketchup Assignment and Rubric
Sketchup Bonus Project 1 , Bonus Project 2 , Bonus Project 3 , Bonus Project 4 , Bonus Project 5
Other Sketchup Resources
Google Sketchup Resources
Google Sketchup Toolbar Glossary
Google has a number of video tutorials available at http://sketchup.google.com/training/videos.html. Several are shown below (but there are many, many others).
To view a tutorial, select one from the list and press Play (or simply click the video). To view the tutorials full screen, click the full screen button at the buttom of the video.
In order to view these tutorials, you must first download the Flash Player.