Join Scott Onstott for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding exterior trim to the end walls and roof, part of Designing a Tiny House with SketchUp.
- Our next job is to build some trim around the exterior edges of the building. So, zoom in here, and off to the side somewhere draw a rectangle that's two inches by two inches. To do that just type 2,2 enter. Then press L for the line tool and draw a line that goes this way, hold down Shift, snap to the midpoint. Then, click there again, and select these two edges and that face and press Delete.
This is the shape of the trim that I want to use. I'm going to put that right in the corner there. I'm going to double click on that, and move it over and place it in position. So, ultimately we want to have this trim go up, across the roof and down again. So to accomplish that in one step, we need to sketch in the path that this profile will take. So, I'm going to sketch in the path right there from the corner all the way up here.
Going to overshoot, and then I'm going to draw a line here from this corner, along the edge hold down Shift and go this way. You see that's parallel with that edge. And I can erase this extra piece. Now I can only erase it though if everything is in the same plane. Look, we have a tiny problem here. See this plywood, it's just a little bit too wide. So, we need to fix that, and this wasn't evident unless we zoomed way in.
So, I'm going to double click on that and pull that back. There we go. Now, that's going to affect our path, so let's move this path back. Right there on the corner, and it worked because I can now select that and it's cut by that line. I'm going to draw another line here, have that go parallel to this edge, so hold down Shift and draw the line over here and then let's go down to the bottom of this wall.
Draw a line up, like that, and if everything lines up, you'll be able to erase those segments that go too far. So we have one piece here. We have a second piece on the top, and then we have that piece. I want to join those two together. In order to join them, I need to draw a line from the intersection point up, and then delete that little line. And SketchUp will then heal the line so it's all connected.
So now we want to preselect the path. I'm going to select that line, hold down shift, get that line, come over here, hold down Shift and get the third line. So now we have a path. Now zoom in at the bottom, press F for Follow Me and click on the profile. Look at what happened. The profile went up and over it. It followed the path. Triple click on that and press G to make a group and then press B for bucket, hold down the Command Key, sample the color off of one of the framing elements, and then click on the object to paint it.
Click off to the side to deselect. We want a similar kind of bracket on the other side, so let's just copy this over. You have to hit the Option key to make the copy or the ALT key in Windows. And I'm going to copy it over some arbitrary distance, but make sure that it goes in the green direction like that. Then I need to flip it around, and you can do that with the Scale tool.
If you click this green box here, you can stretch it out. We don't want to do that, we want to go back the other way and have a negative scale value. So type in -1 Enter, and what that just did was it effectively mirrored the frame around itself. Can you see the cutout is now on this side. So we can move that from that inner point and snap that in position down here.
In order to see it, I need to press X. And then I can snap there. Press X again to deselect.
In this course, author Scott Onstott shows step-by-step how to build a tiny house, including every virtual stud, sheet of plywood, and appliance going into the project. Along the way, he explores SketchUp features such as components, groups, layers, and textures. By building a house in SketchUp in this detailed manner, you can work out any unforeseen spatial conflicts in the design and virtually eliminate construction problems before you are in the field.
- Importing the house plan
- Framing the structure
- Laying studs and framing walls
- Adding plywood sheathing
- Paneling the roof
- Adding trim, windows, and siding
- Adding interior plywood
- Modeling windows and frames
- Designing the bed, cabinets, counters, and shower
- Adding furniture
- Modeling the trailer
- Animating the tiny house design