Join Scott Onstott for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding interior plywood, part of Designing a Tiny House with SketchUp.
- In this video we're going to build the interior plywood that has a more attractive finish as compared to the construction grade plywood that we used on the exterior. So let's zoom in here in the right corner and begin by opening the Layers window if it's not already open, and add a new layer called Interior Plywood. Make it the current layer by clicking on the Radial button. And then press R for rectangle and go ahead and trace out a rectangle from this point right here.
We want to leave a gap for the plywood that's gonna go on the end wall. So I'm gonna start right there and I'm gonna go over here and I'm gonna type in the value. Now look down in the corner where it says Dimensions down here. As we move over you can see that the width value is gonna be the bigger number, that's the second number. The height is the first number. So I'm not sure how high this needs to be, let's just guess that it's eight feet, so I'm gonna say eight feet comma four feet Enter.
And if I got that backwards, like in the wrong order, I could just change it, I could just say, four feet comma eight feet Enter, and it would change the Aspect Ratio. So don't worry if you get the order wrong, you can always reverse it. Let me just go back again, eight feet comma four feet Enter. There we go. And now let's see, is that too high? It is too high. Let's make it a little lower and now I'm gonna have to figure out where that edge is. Looks like it's hidden somewhere in the roof structure, so let me turn off the Exterior Siding and Sheathing and then now I can see the edge there.
Click on that edge and let's move it down, so press M, and snap to the endpoint here. And we want to make sure we move down in the blue direction, so you want to see that and then press the Shift key and hold it, and then click right there. That's the correct size and location of the plywood. So let's press P and I want to pull it out and I want to snap it down here, so I'll press X, and I'll snap it to the plan here.
It's a half an inch, you can see that down here. Press X again and then let's go ahead and press the spacebar, triple click on the plywood, and let's press G to make a group. Then B for bucket, go to the Texture palettes here, right click in this area and say New Texture and choose the Fine Plywood JPG. We want to make that a width of four feet, press the Tab key and it automatically fills in a height of eight feet because the JPG is twice as high as it is wide.
Click Okay and then select the new texture and then click on the object. So now that we've gone to the trouble of texturing that and creating the sheet, we can go ahead and copy it. So just move from that point, press and release the Option key, or Alt on Windows, and then click right there. Let's type in three X Enter. How about four X? Five X? So actually if I do it that way I can go back in and cut away portions of these individual sheets that need to be cut out so that we can have the window.
And we also of course need to cut this back, so let's just start with this one, and here's how I'm gonna approach this problem. I'll draw a rectangle and I'm gonna orbit around so I can see that intersection point and I'm gonna draw that rectangle just like that. Now I'm gonna double click on the rectangle to select it, and then press Command X to cut it to the clipboard. Then I will double click on this group to go into it for editing, and then press V to paste that in place.
Now I can use the Push Pull tool to pull that out. Let's repeat the process on the other side here. Let's try this one in a different way, I'll first I'll go into the group and I'l press N to display the rest of the model. In this way I'll avoid the step of having to cut and paste in place, because I'm already in the group. I'll just draw a rectangle directly and then I'll push it back. One more time, do it the same way.
Draw a rectangle and then P, push it back. I'll click outside to close the group. Now finally we need to pull this back, so double click to open the group, press P, push it back, and snap it. Actually, we need to figure out where to snap it. I'm gonna come around here and zoom in, I'm gonna snap it right there so that we leave a little room for the plywood that goes on the end wall.
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