Adding a previously created kitchen to your model in SketchUp is easier than building a new kitchen inside your house model. You'll still need to make adjustments after inserting your kitchen -- for example, if cabinets interfere with a window view. Tools such as X-ray and Outliner help you make these changes, and this video tutorial teaches you about incorporating the kitchen into the model.
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With a kitchen built in another SketchUp file, we can bring it into our model and place it. We may have to make some modifications though, but as you will see it is much easier to bring in the kitchen as one object rather than building it as a whole unit inside this of model. What we're going to do is simplify the view first. What we're going to do use another tool,. We're going to come up here to View, go to Toolbars, and under toolbars we're looking for the section Toolbar, and hit Close.
Now if the toolbar doesn't show up necessarily it might be somewhere parked up over here underneath a panel. So you might just check to make sure that, if it's hidden, to bring it out here so you can see it. This tool does actually three things. The first one is to create a section plane, which is what we want to do. You click on it, you get this plane here that you're going to go ahead and put on the face of a wall, which we're going to do right here. And as you notice, it kind of cuts the wall, and you have these arrows here.
And what I'm going to do is I'm going to pick select, and make sure that I have this selected, and then come over here and make it blue. Now as I make it blue I can now walk it right through the model and cut out everything that I don't want to necessarily see. So, as you can see here I've got it set up now where I can see the kitchen pretty well. In fact all the corners, because we're going to have to place that kitchen into one of the corners. Now, the other thing is that the Section Plane is on.
You can basically turn it off, so it doesn't interfere with what you're doing. You can use it as an on/off button here. And at the same time if you want to see the rest of the model you do have that ability to do that as well. So we're just going to kind of keep it as you see it there. And I'm going to kind of pull out a little bit. And I'm going to come over here to Components. And I'm going to find the kitchen drawing that we did. And we'll go down the list here, here it is. We'll just go ahead and place it, it's a little slow here, and we'll hit Select and there it is.
So, now the only other thing that we have to do, I'm gonnao go up to top view so I can see it a little better, and kind of bring it down over this way. And I'm going to go to Rotate, and I'm going to make sure I get that edge. And then I'm going to rotate it down. So I'm down at 90 degrees. So now, I'm kind of in, where I need to place it now is into this corner. And doing that is going to take a little bit of effort. So what I'm going to do is pick up Move again, and I want that back corner.
And I'm going to kind of just start by laying it out over there. Now I'm going to kind of zoom in, and I'm going to go and use our friend, x-ray to turn things on. So, I'm going to take this corner and make sure that it goes down into that corner there. So, I'm going to make sure that move is back on, pick it and slide it right into place, and then hit select so we don't move it again. So, there you go, you'll notice that the kitchen is in there. I'll turn x-ray off.
And it looks pretty good except for one other little issue. It seems like our upper level cabinets are interfering with the window. We can easily fix that. A lot of times what people will do is come in here, oh, I've gotta go ahead and explode this and get down to the cabinet. You don't necessarily have to do that. There is another tool that we can go ahead and use, in order to fix that easily without breaking up the components. So we'll come up here to Window. We'll go to Outliner. Now what Outliner does, if you've gone ahead and when you make up these units given them names and things.
You should be able to, then get access to them relatively easily. Now if you notice here under the Outliner tool there is kitchen. Go ahead and hit the plus sign there. And then also I'll hit the plus sign for the group. And you'll notice here that there's a number of different categories here, one of which is called Upper Cabinet. Now notice that when I click on it, it goes ahead in that group and shows that cabinet. Which now allows me to go ahead and use our friend Scale.
So now I can come in and pick Scale, and basically just make sure it fits right there inside that volume really nice. Just double click out, and there it goes, and I can do the same thing for the other one over here which is on the small cabinet, maybe it's upper cabinet two here. There it is. So, we'll take that, and do the same thing. Move this over. We'll take a look at it. There's evidently another one in here, there it is. It's 24 cabinet wide. We'll do scale there too.
We'll just bring it down to that edge. Hit out and there we go. So without having to do really any kind of modification to the group other than using Outliner which is very useful to be able to work with very complex objects, you can see that you can make adjustments relatively easily. Draw more complex models and separate SketchUp files as we've seen here so you can reuse them in your library. The Section tool helps simplify your model and allows you to move around easier in it.
It works well in conjunction with the x-ray tool. In complex models, it's a good idea to bring in the outliner. And use it to organize your model and to help select named components or groups. Just remember, when creating groups, to use the Entity Info palette to give the group a good name.
- 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