In SketchUp, it's often easier to create objects such as fireplaces and living room bars as independent models instead of trying to build them inside your house model. Once you've created an independent object, you can also reuse it in future models. In this online video you'll learn about adding building components and how to save them for future use.
When building a complex interior model, you'll need to create certain types of objects outside of the building model. For instance, in this example, we have a location for a fireplace and a living room bar. Instead of attempting to build these objects in the model, which can get confusing and overly complex, you'll find it much easier to make them as an independent SketchUp model. There's also a benefit to that, is that you can then re-use these over again in other models.
Let's go ahead and take a look at what we have here on the screen. This is the fireplace. And the way that it was built was to take basically a section of the AutoCAD floor plan, which was basically for the kitchen area, and where we have over here, which is where the fireplace is supposed to go, it was drawn off of that. So I didn't have to do any measuring and things like that. What I did was just basically take this, and loft it up, and that's what you have here.
This has been made in to a component. When you right-click on it, and you click Explode, you'll notice that there are actually a couple of different pieces that make up this component. The reason for that is so when you want to go ahead and apply materials, you can apply it independently to these area, these are all faces here. I'm just going to do an Undo. Make sure that it stays as a component. And I'm going to come over here and erase this geometry, because I don't need it anymore.
And I'm going to face this so we can take a look at it, and we'll set it up so it looks like that. And we'll do File, Save As. And in this case, we're going to call it Fireplace, and we'll hit Save. And we'll just go ahead and replace the file, say Yes. And we're good. So, now we've saved this component that we can use within our model. So, I'm going to close out this session of SketchUp and open up a new one. And, in this case, we're going to open up the model.
So we're going to go to, Open. And, go to our > Desktop > Exercise files > Small Residence, and the > 1419 House Adding Building Components, hit Open. Now, you'll notice here that the model has all the walls completely lifted up. You would probably find trying to build this fireplace in this section down here to be really tough. That's why it's easier to go ahead and make it as its own model, because I can come over here to Components and find it in my 3D library that I went ahead and created.
So, I am going to go down the lists and I am going to find Fireplace right here. going to click on it and bring it in. Now the only thing I have to do is just kind of set it in place and I'm done. So it's much easier to do it that way than to try to draw this whole thing inside this model. One last thing I'm going to do is I'm going to right-click on it and I'm going to Explode. By Exploding, what'll happen here, is I'll be able then to apply different materials to the parts of the fireplace, as you can see here.
So, if I want a material on the face that's different from over here, or even on the mantle, I now have the ability to do that. Let's do one more. I'm going to spin around here. Let's look for the bar, it's called LR Bar. Pick this as well. We'll kind of bring that in. Now in this case, it's a little bit tougher to do. You notice that we brought it in and it's not actually sitting in there too well. So, we're going to use something else. We're going to actually use X-ray so we can see through the walls, which is kind of cool.
Just like Superman. What we're going to do is place this a little bit better. And I'm going to pick up this piece right here and kind of snap it into place. Let's see how that looks. I might be off a little bit. I think I am, yes I am. So, I'm going to come back in here and do move again. I believe it goes over into that corner. I'll turn off X-ray, there it is. So, the only thing that you might notice is that the columns look buried in here. So we're going to fix that, I'm going to come over and pick up a line.
I'm going to make sure that I'm on the right layer, as well. I'm going to go on the Interior Wall layer. And I'm going to fix that by coming across, just making some lines here to give it some definition. See how it looks a little bit neater and cleaner that way. When working with a complex model, it's a best practice to make such items as cabinets, fireplaces as separate SketchUp files. This makes it easier to draw and has the benefit of being available for other projects later.
Save these drawings to your 3D library. You have the options of creating the objects as components or even leaving them as groups.
- Drawing 2D floor plans in SketchUp
- Selecting the right template and tools
- Creating components
- Cleaning up walls and creating door and window openings
- Using x-ray views when adding doors and windows
- Using layers to manage your views effectively
- Capturing materials to use in your design
- Applying materials to components
- Exporting your drawing as an image