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Drawing Floor Plans with SketchUp Hub &#; A Review

Drawing Floor Plans with SketchUp Hub &#;  A  Review

Nope, it&#;s not Friday already, although some of us will be wishing it was, and I&#;m not naming any names here.  On a serious note,  I&#;m posting today because, 1.  I have the patience of a gnat, and  2. more truthfully, I just couldn&#;t wait until Friday.  You see, I am somewhat excited about today&#;s post as it&#;s  my first ever review, and I have loved every minute of it.

A while ago, I wrote about what an Interior Designer actually does here, where I briefly featured Anita Brown 3D Visualisation and her wonderful 3D work. Well today you are in for a treat, especially if you&#;re a budding interior designer, interior design student or just wanting to be able to design your own spaces.

Drawing Floor Plans with SketchUp Hub &#;  A  Review

Anita has set up some brilliant new step by step courses using the SketchUp platform, and she asked me kindly to check them out to see what I thought.

 

 

SketchUp

Just in case you have never heard of SketchUp, it&#;s a 3D modeling computer program used for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, and landscape architecture. It is also FREE if you use SketchUp Make, which is great for the novice.  A Pro version is available if your more serious about design, and want to create 2D/3D visuals for clients or your own personal use.

 

Why Use SketchUp

SketchUp is great if you&#;re new to interior design, particularly if you want to venture down the 3D route. It&#;s a user-friendly programme that can enhance presentations, give you more understanding of a design and further your skills.

A floor plan created using SketchUp can be viewed, and printed to scale in a matter of minutes. More importantly, mistakes can be corrected and revisions undertaken quickly and accurately. And it&#;s relatively simpler to use than other CAD applications.

Floor Plans

 

It goes without saying whether you are a professional, student or amateur, you need to be able to plan your spaces.  Drawing a floor plan is one of the first steps. Floor plans enable you to work out furniture layouts, traffic flow, lighting plans and so on. They&#;re also essential for checking anthropometrics, (measurements that ensure a space works how it should.) For example, that there is room to stand, work, sit and carry out the purposes of a particular space.

Anita Brown 3D Visualisation &#; SketchUp Hub

First off, if you need some inspiration of what can be achieved using SketchUp, check out Anita Brown 3D Visualisation website here. I can guarantee you it will get your creative juices flowing, and you&#;ll be itching to get going.

 

 

Had a little look? Right then, let&#;s get back to the SketchUp Hub Courses. You know when your dealing with a visual design professional as soon as you click on to her website. Not only because of its good looks, but the wealth of information Anita&#;s site provides.

Easy to navigate, the SketchUp Hub is well laid out with information on each of the course details and pricing. I&#;ve briefly listed below the courses on offer, and their learning outcomes.

#1 The SketchUp Interface  &#; Free

  • Choose the correct drawing template
  • Have a better understanding of the SketchUp interface
  • Become familiar with the basic drawing tools in SketchUp

#2 Creating a Basic Floor Plan

  • Learn how to choose and edit a Style to create a technical floor plan
  • Become familiar with the various drawing tools to create a basic floor plan
  • Use the various drawing tools to create doors and windows
  • Learn how to create Groups and Components

 

#3 Creating a Furniture Layout & Lighting Plan

 

  • Learn how to create a furniture layout to exact dimensions
  • Become familiar with the various drawing tools to create a furniture layout, including the following:    Tape Measure tool, Line tool, Rectangle tool, the Offset tool, the Arc tool and the Circle tool
  • How to create a Component Library and edit Components for future use
  • Organising your floor plan, by creating Scenes and Layers
  • Electrical symbols to produce a colour-coded lighting plan

 

#4 Adding Colour & Texture to a Floor Plan

 

  • Learn how to prepare the floor plan for the application of colour and texture
  • Apply colour and texture to a floor plan, using the Materials tool.
  • Learn how to import JPEGs for specific (seamless) patterns
  • Change the style of the floor plan into a hand sketched illustration
  • Transform a SketchUp floor plan into a Watercolour, using Photoshop
  • Learn how to transform a SketchUp floor plan into a Watercolour, using FotoSketcher

 

#5 Creating a Window Treatment Elevation

 

  • Learn how to create a window treatment elevation, including the creation of windows and placement of curtains/furniture from the 3D Warehouse and how to apply colour and import JPEGs for specific (seamless) patterns
  • Become familiar with the various drawing tools to create an elevation, including the following: Tape Measure tool, Line tool, the Offset tool, the Scale tool and the Materials tool
  • Edit 3D models from the 3D Warehouse to incorporate into your design
  • Apply materials to 3D models
  • The importance of organising your elevation, by creating Scenes and Layers
  • Change the style of the elevation into a hand sketched illustration
  • Transform a SketchUp elevation into a Watercolour, using Photoshop
  • Learn how to transform a SketchUp elevation into a Watercolour, using FotoSketcher

 

SketchUp Hub Help

Once your course is downloaded you have 2 hours email support for two weeks.  There are also discussion forums, (always helpful when starting out on any new online learning as you get to chat and swap ideas/info etc).

What You Need To Know

The courses are set up and taught using Windows. However, don&#;t despair if you are a Mac user like myself.

I actually found that there were relatively few instances where the Mac version was different to the Windows version of SketchUp.

The main differences are:-

  • There is no default Style tray in SketchUp for Mac instead you just have to hit the menu bar at the top to access the styles.
  • Anita offers some keyboard shortcuts throughout her courses, to help speed the drawing process up a bit. There are a couple of differences between Mac and Windows, such as the shortcut key C doesn&#;t copy but creates a circle in the Mac version. If you&#;re a Mac user you already know how to copy and paste using keyboard shortcuts such as &#;command C, for copying and command V for pasting). See there really isn&#;t anything you don&#;t already know.
  • If you do find yourself stuck, don&#;t forget you have a 2 hour email support from when you start for 14 days, as well as the discussion/forum page to help you out.

 

Drawing Floor Plans with SketchUp Hub - A Review

My floor plan in progress using the SketchUp Hub Course &#; How to Draw A Floor Plan

 

I&#;ve always drawn floor plans using AutoCad, and only dabbled now and again with SketchUp. Like most of us, I stuck with what I learnt first, and found time was against me whilst studying for my degree.

With interior design work, time can be of the essence and that&#;s where using the SketchUp Hub Courses are invaluable. Time equates to money, and the fact is that most of us struggle with not having enough time to get things done!

What I Liked About SketchUp Hub Courses

Anita provides you with lots of tips as you proceed through each of the courses. What I really liked was that good practice was being taught at the same time as learning. Such as&#;&#;

  • Measuring and re-measuring during the learning/drawing process.
  • Actually importing your hand drawn plan into your SketchUp file where it is convenient to check your dimensions rather than looking away from the screen to paper copies and back to screen. A small thing, but makes life a lot easier especially if there are a number of dimensions on a complex floor plan.
  • Anita knows what she&#;s preaching! Common problems are addressed on-screen, in real-time.
  • Each course is split into different categories, so if you need to go back, you&#;re not trawling through an hour-long tutorial to find it. Each category within a course is roughly around the 5 minute mark. Perfect for learning.
  • Its quick and easy to follow each of the courses.
  • They&#;re realistically priced, and affordable!!

I have to say that I am now a convert of SketchUp after having been through Anita&#;s courses. SketchUp will now be my preferred preference when it comes to floor plans and elevations.

Don&#;t just take my word for it&#;&#;

Drawing Floor Plans with SketchUp Hub - A Review

Don&#;t just take my word for it! Here are just a few reviews from people who have taken a SketchUp Hub course.

 

Check out Anita&#;s SketchUp Hub here, for more information or her Facebook page here.  Alternatively, if you need some professional 2D/3D services check out Anita Brown 3d Visualisation page here.

I hope you&#;ve enjoyed today&#;s insight into the world of SketchUp, and the SketchUp Hub. As always thanks for stopping by and checking out today&#;s post, and for any likes, shares and comments.

 

Maria

ps.Watch this space as Anita will be a guest on the blog at a later date.

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SketchUp Online Course Update!

Posted by anitabrown3d on August 15, in Interior Design, SketchUp, Tutorials|4 Comments

We&#;ve all had them.  Those light bulb moments when we&#;re slicing an onion, catching up on the ironing (not me, I don&#;t iron&#;EVER), or brushing our teeth.  I had one of those moments recently, when I had this cosmic idea of putting together an online course to teach Interior Designers how to create their own floor plans using SketchUp.

I can create a floor plan with my eyes closed but it&#;s not something I do very often as part of my 3D Visualisation service.  But I know, from my background in Interior Design, that floor plans are central to the interior design process and when facilitating discussion with clients (including tradesmen and sub-contractors).

To get a sense of how desirable a course of this nature would be, I typed up a quick survey, wrote a blog post and shared it on social media.

To my amazement, the response has been flippin&#; astounding!

To date, I have 46 peeps interested in signing up to my online SketchUp course!  How awesome is that?!  And the number increases daily!  Crazy amazing!

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If you are reading this and haven&#;t completed the survey yet, click here to change your life forever!

I&#;ve been paying close attention to the results of the survey and the findings to date, indicate that a staggering 60% of respondents (a mixture of Interior Designers, Home Staging professionals and Interior Design students), currently create floor plans by hand.

Whilst this is an art form in itself, and requires much skill and practice, there ARE easier, quicker and downright PAINLESS ways to create a floor plan.  I&#;ve created hand drawn floor plans myself in the past, it ISN&#;T fun when you make a mistake, or need to revise the furniture layout.  The novelty of creating hand drawn plans wears off FAST, especially in a digital world, that wants everything yesterday!

With my online SketchUp tutorials, you will be able to create floor plans accurately, make revisions quickly and present your plans to scale in digital and/or print format.  This will be transformative for your entire design process but also for the level of service you&#;ll be providing to clients.

I promised you an update, so here goes:

  • I am % going ahead with creating the online SketchUp course!  The results from the survey have been so encouraging that I&#;d be crazy not to!
  • This SketchUp course is for ANYONE involved in the interiors industry.  Which includes Interior Designers, Interior Decorators, Interior Architects, Interior Stylists, Home Stagers and students of Interior Design.
  • The course will be delivered via video tutorials, using screen capture software (see my marketing video below, where I used the screen capture software to record the editing of the floor plan).  This means as a student, you will be able to see exactly how to use the SketchUp interface and various tools AND you&#;ll be able to follow along.
  • I will be making the course available in chapters, so that you can choose subject areas specific to your needs.  However, I will be offering a special discount for the purchase of the entire course.  I will also be offering discount from the silver and gold tiers of my 3D Visualisation service for students who refer the online course (and where the referral results in a purchase).  There will also be a special discount of the gold tier for students who purchase the entire course.
  • The course will be delivered using the Windows version of SketchUp.
  • There will be AWESOME pre-constructed 2D components for students to download in the relevant chapters.  For example, pre-constructed sofas, chairs, windows, doors etc.  These will be included in the price of the chapter.
  • I will be providing one-to-one email support (within a specific timeframe) for every student who signs up to the course (whether it&#;s one chapter or the entire course).  I still need to figure out the total number of hours of support I will provide.
  • I&#;ve taken on board all of the feedback from the survey, regarding the price of the course (and individual chapters) and will confirm this once the course is ready to be piloted.
  • I&#;m going to pilot the course before it is officially launched and will probably ask 3 people to test the entire course contents.  There will be a generous 30% discount off the total price!!
  • I&#;m waiting on the delivery of a very special microphone so that I can deliver the tutorials clearly and professionally.  As soon as it arrives, I will start the process of recording the tutorials.  Exciting!!
  • I&#;m going to set up a (closed) Facebook Group for this online SketchUp course, so that all students can take part in discussion, learn little tips  &#;n&#; tricks, support each other and share their progress of using SketchUp (there&#;s nothing more satisfying than creating your first floor plan on SketchUp, so I&#;m hoping to see lots of screenshots of student floor plans!!!  HIGH FRICKIN&#; FIVE!).  It&#;s all part of making contacts, sharing experiences and adding value, right?!

If you have any queries, or would like to provide feedback on the points above, leave a comment below!

I&#;m.  So.  Excited.

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SERC Hosts Construction Hub training for Sketchup Pro

South Eastern Regional College welcomed Construction lecturers from across Northern Ireland to the College’s Lisburn Campus for a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) session on Sketchup Pro in advance of new assessment for Level 3 qualifications.

Stuart Rankin, Deputy Head of School of Construction, delivered the session which was requested by other Colleges through the Construction Hub which is led by SERC. Stuart said, “This was a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge across the Colleges and support each other. The CPD training was tailored to the needs of the lecturing teams and the CAD requirements for the new synoptic assessment part of the Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment qualification. The session introduced participants to the interface and tools of the software and took them through the processes of producing both interior and external views following good practice.”

The Connected project allowed for sharing of knowledge and best practice across the sector.

John Nixon, Head of School of Construction, Engineering Services and Skills for Work stated, “I would like to acknowledge support from the Connected programme for the session which ensures there is standardisation of approach throughout the sector and that the skills of the college teams continually match industry needs and standards.”

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SketchUp Hub always comes with new challenges every single time, this time they have come with Spring Design with some new ideas.

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In the month of January this year, the Sketchup Hub had announced their first ever 5 Day Challenge where they had challenged designers and SketchUp users to create an awesome kitchen design with the help of Free SketchUp download. The event was a big successful one and many people showed their wonderful skills where the best got the winner prize and made a place for his/her design. After that the SketchUp Hub has focused on designing the Interior sides of houses with elevations, these elevations are actually some kind of visual tools that allow Interior Designers to transfer perfectly their vision for a space, specifically they can work on the design of a wall and other items within nearly view.

After the January competition, SketchUp Hub is having a Spring Clean and has decided to adopt some of the more colorful and zesty interior design trends for this spring time. SketchUp Hub is shunning again their calm and cool Scandinavian vibe which will indulge much more vibrant and uplifting. This is a chance for the designers to step out from their comfort zone to incorporate colors, styles and patterns which they never tried as an Interior Designer. But before launching their final spring design, SketchUp Hub professional interior designers have made a list of things which should be included in the designs of competitors.

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CPD course title:An Introduction to SketchUp - The SketchUp Interface (Online)

CPD overview

Let Sketchup Hub gently introduce you to the SketchUp interface, including setting up your workspace and a tour of the most common drawing tools.

  • Drawing Template

    How to choose the correct Drawing Template most suitable for the creation of floor plans for the Interior Design industry, using the metric system.
  • The SketchUp Axis

    Become familiar with the SketchUp axis and understand its pivotal role in the creation of geometry.
  • Camera Settings

    Learn the correct camera settings for the creation of 2D floor plans.
  • The Tray Function

    Learn how to create and organise Trays to encourage efficient workflow.

To watch the instructional video, please click on the arrow (play button) on the course image


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CPD course title:An Introduction to SketchUp - Creating a Basic Floor Plan Part 1 (online)

CPD overview

In Part 1 of Creating a Basic Floor Plan, learn how to choose the correct Style for the creation of a technical floor plan and become familiar with the relevant drawing tools to create the walls of a basic floor plan. Time stamp included as a PDF download.

  • Choosing a Style

    How to choose and customise Styles in SketchUp and selecting the appropriate Style for the creation of a technical floor plan.
  • Importing a Sketched Floor Plan

    Learn how to import sketched floor plans as JPEGs, to assist in the creation of geometry (floor plan) in SketchUp.
  • Using the Rectangle Tool & Tape Measure

    Learn how to use the Rectangle Tool to create a basic floor plan, using specific dimensions and how to use the tape measure tool to double check your measurements.
  • The Offset Tool
  • How to use the Offset tool to create wall thickness for a floor plan.

To watch the instructional video, please click on the arrow (play button) on the course image


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CPD course title:An Introduction to SketchUp - Creating a Basic Floor Plan Part 2 (Online)

CPD overview

In Part 2 of Creating a Basic Floor Plan, learn how to create traditional 2D symbols like windows and doors, including recommended workflows to encourage efficiency and advanced techniques to improve presentation. Includes time stamp as a PDF and downloadable project files.

  • Creating Windows (and Groups)

    Learn how to create a traditional window symbol. Includes recommended workflow to increase efficiency, for example the creation of Groups.
  • How to Create a Component

    Learn the difference between a Group and a Component and how to integrate a Component into an efficient workflow.
  • Creating a Door

    How to create a traditional door symbol using the line and arc tools, including advanced techniques for a more professional appearance.
  • Checking the Progress of Your Floor Plan

    Review the visual aesthetics of your floor plan clearly by adjusting the Style settings accordingly.

To watch the instructional video, please click on the arrow (play button) on the course image


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