Model new walls and a double-sided ethanol-burning fireplace connecting the bathroom and bedroom.
- [Instructor] In this video we're going to design a double-sided ethanol burning fireplace in between the wet room of the bathroom and the bedroom. This will add a luxurious element to the design that allows you to enjoy the element of fire in addition to the element of water within the bathroom. It will also add a great deal to the resale value of the home. So let's go ahead and begin by hiding some of the furniture in the bedroom. I'll just select each item and press H to hide it.
We can unhide it later. Now let's go ahead and determine the center of our fireplace. I anticipate wanting to have a bump-out here, kind of a hearth if you will, that comes out from the wall. I will zoom in here to this bathroom and see that the rain shower, the drain, and the drain of the bathtub, all form an axis, so I think it would be best if we were to maintain that axis and center the fireplace on it.
So let's draw a line from the drain and bring that into the bedroom. I can erase the line where it crosses the tile floor, and let's go ahead and use this line as the basis of our bump-out. So I'll select that and move it to the left, let's say two feet, and then copy it to the right four feet, and then draw a rectangle by pressing R to the size of four feet, comma, 18, Enter.
I'm going to go ahead and select these lines and delete them. So this is going to represent the area of the bump out that will protrude into the bedroom. I'd like to represent this as individual walls so to do that I'll use the Offset Tool. Press O to activate that, and offset this inside the surface a distance of five inches to represent the wall thickness. Then press the Spacebar and select this edge, press M, and move it back in the green direction and snap it to the edge of the wall, like that.
Then select the inner surface and press Delete. Right-click on the face and choose Reverse Faces so that it changes to white. Then press P and pull this up to the top surface of the wall. So I modeled the bump-out here separately from the walls, and if I triple-click on it, you see that it selects not only the wall, but also the floor, and that's happening because there must be a line connecting them. If I orbit underneath and deselect, you can see that these two lines here need to be erased, and I notice also that I could seal this up down here by drawing a line along one of the edges, like that.
Now if I triple-click on this object, it should no longer select the floor because there's no geometry connecting them now. I'd like to move that bump out into the wall group, and here's how you can do that. Select it, choose Edit, Cut. Double-click on the wall group to open it, and then choose Edit, Paste in Place, or press V as the shortcut. Now, these walls are in the same context as the rest of the walls, so I can do things like erase the little lines between them.
Our next step is to cut a hole in this bump-out where the fireplace will rest. So let's design where that hole will go next. Draw a line up from the midpoint to a height of three feet. Then draw a line to the left, 18 inches. Then draw that up two feet, and draw it over three feet. And draw it down, and as I draw it down, I'll hold the Shift key down to lock that direction, and then click right here to specify the length of the blue line.
Then I'll just go ahead and click right here to close that box, and press the Spacebar and delete this temporary line. Press P and let's push this through all the way to the opposite side of the wall over here into the wet room. Then I need to select this surface and delete it, and this surface and delete that too. Now I'm not concerned that we're missing faces inside this cavity. We're never going to see that, but I am concerned that this box looks good, and it does from all sides.
So our mission is accomplished. I'll press Y and close the group. Our next task is to actually design the fireplace that goes in here, and one of the nice things about an ethanol burning fireplace is that it doesn't require venting. Alternatively, you certainly have room for a vent to go up here through the roof if you wanted to take the more traditional approach with a propane or natural gas fireplace. Now, in this case I'll just go ahead and draw in a rectangle, on this opening.
Press the Spacebar, right-click, and choose Reverse Faces. Then press O for offset, and let's offset lines inside a distance of one inch, and let's also offset lines outside a distance of two inches. This will provide us with a frame, and a little bit of thickness here to represent the actual metal of the fireplace. I'll select this surface and then press P for push/pull. Pull that out one inch.
Then select this inner surface and press P, push that in all the way to the other side. Now, on the interior here I want to do something similar to what I had on the bedroom side. So I'll right-click on this surface and choose Reverse Faces. Then press O for offset. Offset that to the outside edge, and then let's offset this two inches, and then let's pull out this outer surface one inch, and then just erase that inner surface.
So now I'll triple-click to select all that information that I just modeled, and press G to make a group out of it. Finally, let's add a material to that. I'll open the color picker by pressing B or clicking the Paint bucket Tool, and let's choose a middle gray to represent the metal that this is made out of. Now, you might want to just add one little detail here which is the container for the fuel, which would rest kind of in the middle here. I'll just draw a rectangle, kind of like this, or maybe it'll be a square, and I'll pull that up a short distance.
I'll triple-click and move that over from its midpoint in the red direction. Hold the Shift key down and snap that to the midpoint there. And, similarly, I will move it from the midpoint in the green direction, hold down the Shift key, and snap it to the midpoint here. So now we have an element which would suggest the place where the flame is going to come out of. So I'll triple-click on that and press G, and there we have it, a double-sided fireplace connecting the bathroom with the bedroom.
I think this would be very enjoyable, and it would also add some value to the home.
- Exploring the SketchUp user interface
- Modeling existing conditions
- Importing and scaling a sketch
- Drawing windows and built-ins in 3D
- Erasing, hiding, and smoothing edges
- Designing floating vanity and vessel sinks
- Building a shower and bath
- Adding a fireplace