Join Paul J. Smith for an in-depth discussion in this video Above-ground floor walls, part of SketchUp for Architecture: Details (2015).
- So, in chapter three, we're gonna be looking at the above ground works. We've got the brick work to go in. And we've got the blocks to go in, and we've got the insulation, and the cavity ties with the insulation clips. We'll also be putting in the window, as well. So, we'll start off by creating the brick work. The bricks are brick courses, so we've got, I think it's eight and a half. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight and a half bricks at that point.
And then the block work opening is going to be defined by the bricks, and then we come up from the damp proof course, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 to this point. 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, so we've got 21 courses in total above ground. So, it doesn't matter if you've got a few more or a few less. And we've got 14 courses to this opening. So, we'll build it up to here first, and then we'll add this next bit. I've created this as one chunk, which is identifiable in the outliner.
And then we'll put the block work in next. So, 21 courses, 14 to this point, and eight and a half bricks in. So, we'll move over to the chapter 301 and we'll get cracking. So, in chapter 301, we are now gonna create the above ground brick. So, we'll select the below ground brick. That's already been created and set out, so we don't have to change any of the setting out positions, we're just gonna build it further up above the damp proof course.
So, with the move tool and the control key tapped, we can create a copy of this chunk of brick on the blue axis. So, we'll just put it somewhere. But, providing it's on the blue axis, so it's directly above the piece below. And then with it already selected, we'll pick this bottom corner. And we'll just make sure it's on the blue axis, finger on the shift key, that locks out that blue axis, then we can come in and make sure that it lines up with this bit here. Now, there should, in theory, be a piece of mortar there, but otherwise, we'll have a much thicker junction.
So, it's more indicative of below ground, above ground, above DBC than being absolutely accurate to sight conditions. So, that's our first position. Now, we need to edit this, okay? And what we're gonna do is call this above ground brick as the group, not below ground brick. So, we'll go into the outline tool and right click on that group name, and rename, just change the B to an A so we can define it as above ground brick.
And then if we double click, that's now editing that group. Okay, so you'll see all the components inside that now. We're not gonna edit the components, just edit the group, so I've just gone out of that. So, double click it to get back into it. I select all of these. Notice how easy it is to select now 'cause we're in a group which is isolated from everything else. So, it becomes much, much easier to sort of start modeling these things. And we've got six, so we need to copy this up to 10 mil above this point.
And then we'll array that four times. So, to do that, move tool, and we'll click the bottom points. Now, I could click this bit here, but it's gonna give us an inaccurate sort of distance. So, I'm gonna click this point and copy. So, again, the control key or the option alt key on the Mac. And I'm looking at the blue axis, lock it out in the blue axis. Now, I don't know 'cause my maths isn't brilliant, let's assume that we're at the height that needs to be.
But if I look at the bottom right hand corner, I can see that to the top of this brick, it's 440. So, if I click at that point and position it 440 mil above, I then enter 450 mil because I haven't done any extra clicking to get out of the command, and then hit enter, it's gonna move it up that extra 10 mil. So, now I've got 450 mil above that. And without doing any extra clicking, if I then go, 'cause that's another chunk of six bricks, if I go three X and then hit enter, that's gonna do that complete array to the top of the wall.
In fact, it's given us an extra, I think 24, so, three courses too many. So, to slice off the top three courses, we can just come in and grab those like so. And then delete. So, that's basically created our wall. Now, we've gotta form the opening in this wall, as well. So, most of it is gonna be just moving bricks, but we will have a situation where we need to cut a brick in half. So, let's just get the distance right.
So, it's eight and a half bricks. So, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. So, I'll keep the ninth in. And then we can select that, that, and that, and delete. And this can be deleted. So, I just need to remove another four courses. So, that's the four courses. Delete. This should then give us 14 from the bottom, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. So, that's 21 to the top and 14 to this point. We've now got to create a half brick and pop that in there, and we'll be doing that in the next video.
This installment concentrates on organizing the details in your scenes with the Outliner and Layers panels. As the course shows, well-built and organized SketchUp components allow architects to have greater flexibility at every stage of the design process.
- Creating the brick and block components
- Building walls
- Laying courses of bricks and blocks
- Trenching and backfilling
- Creating the brick halves
- Adding mortar fill and insulation to the cavity
- Creating windows with casements, sills, and jambs
- Organizing the model
- Adding materials
- Exporting the SketchUp model
- Working in LayOut