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# Drawing a structure from a floor plan

## Video: Drawing a structure from a floor plan

So now that we have our floor plan mapped to our And now once I have this, I can start drawing the rest of the elements.

## Drawing a structure from a floor plan

So now that we have our floor plan mapped to our plain we can start actually drawing the outline of our structure. So, I'm going to actually zoom in here and let's just use a line tool to create this. Now, I'm not going to be super accurate here, for the sake of speed, but let's just Just show you the process here. So I'm going to zoom in as much as I can and get as accurate as I can. So I'm going to make sure I snap to face and lay down the first point and then I'm going to make sure I'm going along the red and green axes her.

So I'm going to draw this as accurately as I can. Now when I get to this point here you'll see we have this circular element. Now I put that in just to make this a little bit more difficult. So we could have a problem to solve. And we're going to solve this problem with the Arc tool. So I'm going to select the Arc tool. Go to the far corner of this element. Click, snap to my end point there and just drag out that arc to match that circular element. Now once I have this. I can continue to draw with my line tool. So I'm going to select My line Tool.

Snap to that end point and then just draw the rest of the structure. Now when I get to this point here. These last two lines. I want to make sure. Let me zoom in here. I'm actually going to jump outta here. So I'm going to have a problem here. I've got this edge here, and I've got this edge here. And I need to make sure they connect. But when I draw this, I'm not getting inference to this point here. So if that's the case then you can certainly use the tape measure tool to create a guideline.

So I'm going to select my tape measure tool go here and just draw that out a little bit and now I have a guideline so I know exactly where to stop this line. So I'm going to select this line here snap to that end point come all the way up. Click, click and now I've got my exterior wall and I can use my Eraser tool to select and erase that guideline. So now that I have all of this, I've got basically a face here. So I've got this face is now the outline of my building.

But, I want to create the interior walls as well and we can easily do that using the offset tool. So I'm going to select Offset. Click inside this space and you can see I can offset that wall. And I'm going to offset this by five inches. So I'm going to type that in. And there we have a five inch interior wall. And if you notice here, now I can select this face here and pull that up. So I'm going to use my Push/Pull tool, and pull up the exterior walls of my building. Now let's say I make these eight feet six inches, let's say.

And now once I have this, I can start drawing the rest of the elements. Now one of the reasons I used a texture is because of the way it maps. You can see I've got outlines of all of the windows and doors along the top of that seal. So if I want, I can use these as guides to draw these elements. So let's just take this door as one example. I can use my Line tool and place it where that overlap is, left click, and just drag all the way down along the blue axis.

So, now I know that this is the left side of my door, and now I can take my Rectangle Tool. Drag up that door and type in the dimensions I want. So in this case seven feet by three feet. And now I have my door opening and I can use my erase tool to erase this one guideline. Now if I have the basic outline of my door I can push this through by using my push/pull tool. And just go ahead and push that in, and I can actually push that in exactly five inches, and that should open that up.

Okay? So, we also have a few interior walls here. And we can just draw those pretty much the same way that we did before. If I want, I could take a rectangle tool here, and just make it as the right size. If I want, I could type in dimensions. I don't have to. Or, I can use my Line tool here. So if I want, I can just draw that little bump out there as close to it as possible. And then use my Erase tool to get rid of that line. And then I can just select this phase and again pull it up eight feet, six inches.

And that should match the top of the rest of the wall, and again, I can erase that little line there. And you can see how very easily you can start working your way through the rest of the floor plan to create the building. So again, draw as accurately as possible. If you have a higher resolution image, that will help because you can zoom in more. And then if you apply it as a texture you'll get these little notes along the top of your walls which will help you place things such as doors and windows.

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#### This video is part of

SketchUp 2013 Essential Training

56 video lessons · 10628 viewers

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1. ### Introduction

3m 17s
1. Introduction
53s
2. Using the exercise files
32s
3. Sketchup Make vs. Sketchup Pro
38s
4. Keyboard shortcut differences on the Mac
1m 14s
2. ### 1. The SketchUp Interface

17m 40s
1. Interface basics
2m 9s
2. Navigating in SketchUp
3m 0s
3. Walking around in SketchUp
1m 47s
4. Creating camera views
1m 49s
5. Shading faces and edges
2m 48s
6. Creating shadows and fog
2m 38s
7. Creating scenes
1m 57s
8. Using the toolbars
1m 32s
3. ### 2. Manipulating Objects

11m 27s
1. Selecting and moving objects
2m 59s
2. Scaling and rotating objects
3m 55s
3. Manipulating faces and edges
2m 28s
4. Advanced selection tools
2m 5s
4. ### 3. Drawing in SketchUp

26m 18s
1. Line tool fundamentals
3m 27s
2. Using the Line tool for 3D drawing
2m 24s
3. Using the Rectangle tool
2m 15s
4. Creating circles and polygons
3m 17s
5. Creating arcs
1m 27s
6. Eraser tools
1m 39s
7. Pushing and pulling faces into 3D
2m 43s
8. Using the Offset tool to create outlines
2m 5s
9. Using the Follow Me tool
1m 19s
10. Creating 3D text
2m 12s
11. Softening round edges
3m 30s
5. ### 4. Measuring and Labeling

14m 0s
1. Using the Tape Measure tool to create guidelines
3m 23s
2. Using the Protractor tool
5m 30s
3. Creating sections
2m 0s
4. Creating labels
1m 59s
5. Dimensioning
1m 8s
6. ### 5. Organizing Scenes

12m 3s
1. Grouping objects
2m 15s
2. Working with layers
2m 37s
3. Using the Outliner and Entity Info
3m 8s
4. Hiding and unhiding objects
1m 55s
5. Locking and unlocking objects
2m 8s
7. ### 6. Working with Components

15m 14s
1. The Component window
3m 45s
2. Creating components
3m 5s
3. Using the 3D Warehouse
2m 46s
4. Using the Component Options window
4m 20s
5. Using the Interact tool
1m 18s
8. ### 7. Creating Textures and Materials

27m 47s
1. Using the Materials palette on a Mac
2m 26s
2. Applying materials
3m 59s
3. Editing materials
3m 33s
4. Creating materials
2m 44s
5. Mapping textures interactively
2m 33s
6. Creating a floor plan using bitmap images
2m 16s
7. Drawing a structure from a floor plan
4m 48s
8. Mapping curved objects
2m 37s
9. Projecting maps onto curved objects
2m 51s
9. ### 8. Rendering and Animation

8m 29s
1. Applying styles
1m 54s
2. Creating styles
2m 9s
3. Exporting in 2D and 3D
1m 48s
4. Basic animation
2m 38s
10. ### Goodbye

10s
1. Next steps
10s

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