How was it?
Having previous experience with architectural software in Autodesk Revit, I had high hopes for the possibilities of SketchUp and my ability to recreate my home. Unfortunately, my last experience was in 2017! I found the feel of SketchUp comparable to Revit with the 3d planes of movement and its drawing structure.
There were a few things that turned what I thought would take an hour or two into 4 hours. Starting with the orienting my camera, It took me 2 hours to figure out that I could orient the camera with more than the orbit and zoom functions. I did not use the pan option(The hand icon or pressing Shift while using the orbit tool) for the first half of my work, instead using a zoom-out-and-orbit method to get the view that I wanted. I also found the rotate and scale tools difficult to use, but don’t see them being impossible to figure out in future work.
Many compromises were made for this assignment. I hoped to create great detail on my home including a driveway, detattched garage and chimney. Those are obviously missing in the pictures above. The main reason that a simple draw up of these weren’t added is because of the roof that doesn’t match my home. In reality, there is a triangular roof that intersects the top structure of my home. It is where both the attic and closets of rooms live and create a very different visual than the one shown here.
Weighing SketchUp’s Value
Even with the numerous struggles that I had using SketchUp, I found the software to be a very useful tool of beginner users, educators, and professionals alike. With knowledge of architectural design, engineering modeling, or a school building’s plans, SketchUp could be used to create many different designs for presentation, pre-build modeling, and more things of the sort!