Is there a step-by-step tutorial on how to create working construction drawings with Google SketchUp? This must be on the Internet somewhere but after a weekend of searching and watching tutorials, I still haven't found it.
I need to draft up a framing plan for the building rehab that I'm doing. I'm looking for a step-by-step tutorial for doing this with Google SketchUp. Can you point me to one? Surely this exists online somewhere (as a handout for an architecture class, an e-book, a FAQ in the Google SketchUp or Sketchucation forums...). I wouldn't mind paying a little money if it's really what I need. We're not making that many repairs, so this is mostly an "as built" plan. Several people will review this for me and make corrections, but I need to get a draft done.
If I'm using the wrong software, let me know. I picked SketchUp based on answers here
and the fact that SketchUp was free, though I've since used my part-time student status to cheaply buy SketchUp Pro. I downloaded the free HouseBuilder and SketchUpBIM plugins for SketchUp. I haven't tried downloading a trial version of Revit. (I could, but I didn't start there, because I'd ideally like to have access to the files after 30 days.) I could try that if Revit would be much better.
I'm making slow but steady progress, but I do have a lot of questions about whether I could be doing this faster or better. If I want a framing plan and an image showing the finished surfaces, are those separate layers? Is it easier to build one first, or the other? I know how to quickly draw floor joists with the HomeBuilder Plug-In; now is there a plug-in that will install blocking and a detail for seismic clipping? What should I group together? Should I frame up my exterior walls for each level, then create a continuous exterior plane I can "stucco?"
In case my question still isn't clear, here's what I imagine a tutorial might sound like:
- First establish your house perimeter and ground floor plane. Create one large rectangle, and if your bottom floor is below grade, use the push-pull tool to offset it downward. Leave this rectangle on Layer 1,* but create a new layer for your wall framing. (* this might be completely wrong)
- Next, use the HouseBuilder plug-in to frame walls with the studs and spacing that you choose. To add windows, first build the entire wall, then use the WindowBuilder Plug-In* or manually...
- Once you're finished, select your walls and group* them. Create three groups: exterior walls, interior bearing walls, and non-structural partition walls.*
- If you want to draw in your foundation footer, download the new Structural Plug-In* and ...
- If you want to use this to show your client what the finished surfaces will look like, the easiest way to "drywall" this floor is to select your framing group, then use the offset tool... Create these on a new layer, since you will often want to see either
the framing or the finished surface.*
Thanks for any pointers you have.