SketchUp Tutorial for Beginners – Part 2 – Modeling a House

SketchUp Tutorial for Beginners – Part 2 – Modeling a House


what’s up guys Justin here with these ketchup essentials calm back with another Sketchup essentials tutorial for you in today’s video we’re going to quickly create a basic house using the push-pull and offset tools in Sketchup so let’s go ahead and just jump into it so to start off we’re going to draw the footprint of our house and in order to do that the first thing you can do is you can delete out this default model and the way that we’re going to draw the footprint of our house is we’re going to make it a very simple house and we’re just going to draw using the rectangle tool so what you’re going to do is you’re going to activate the rectangle tool by tapping the R key and then coming in here and clicking once to set a corner point and you can see how if you look in the corner down in the measurements bar you can see how as I move my mouse the dimensions that it has in here change so that’s showing you how big your rectangle is well in this case what we’re going to do is we’re going to create a 20 foot by 10 foot rectangle by typing in 20 foot comma 10 foot and hitting the inner key so that’ll draw your rectangle to the size that you want you can see how it’s 20 feet long 10 feet wide so now what we’re going to do is we’re going to extrude this into 3d using the push-pull tool the push-pull tool you can find either by clicking on this little icon over here in the corner or you can activate that by tapping the P key on your keyboard so click once on this face and you’ll notice how when I click on this it’ll extrude this into 3b and so this works the same way that the rectangle tool did and then I can come in and I can type in a length that I want to extrude this so if I type in 10 feet and hit the enter key this will extrude this face to 10 feet and then actually I’m going to adjust this house because I don’t like how thick it is so what I’m going to do is I’m going to rotate around the backside of my model and you can rotate by clicking and holding your Center mouse key if you have a PC I believe that you can do that by holding both mouse keys on a Mac but I’m not sure because I don’t have a Mac but we’re going to rotate around to the back side and I’m actually going to extrude this probably another five feet so I just did the same thing that I did before I activated the push-pull tool I clicked on this face and then I typed in five feet so now this is a little a little wider I didn’t like how wide it was before but now that we’ve got our basic house shape what we’re going to do is we’re going to come in here and we’re going to model our roof so to model our roof what we’re going to do there’s a few different ways you could do this but what I’m going to do in this case is I’m just going to come in and I’m just going to find the midpoint of this object and I’m going to draw a line straight up so in order to do that you can either click on the little pencil icon or you can tap the L key on your keyboard to activate the line tool and then move your mouse until you find this little blue dot that’s the midpoint of this line that means it’s the middle of this line and that’s where we want to start the base of our roof object so once you do that you’re going to click once on this piece you’re gonna want to move your mouse until this line turns blue and what that means is that Sketchup telling you that you’re drawing a line that’s straight up and down so you can either move your mouse until the number in the measurements bar is around five feet or you can just type in five feet and hit the enter key that’ll draw a five foot line straight up and down then we’re just going to draw a couple of lines in here to create this face and you can see how as soon as I have three or more coplanar edges what Sketchup does is it create the face in those objects you can see how it colors this in well now all you want to do is you’re going to activate the erase tool that cook by tapping the e key or you can click on it over here and then you’re just going to click on this line when you click on this line Sketchup is going to erase that line so we’re going to go ahead and push pull this object to the back and you can see how this makes that hollow don’t worry about that for right now what we’re going to do right now is we’re going to push-pull this object so tap the P key and click on this face and then move your mouse to the back and one of the things I want to talk about real with the push-pull tool is how it imprints is so you can see how when I come back here I can either click directly on this line but since you can only push pull this object forward and backward you’re basically setting your length by where you move your mouse so you can see how as I move my mouse along this face it’s still extruding that object well what I can do is I can click anywhere on this line to tell Sketchup that I want to extrude this along this back line right here so click anywhere on this line and then if you rotate around here you can see how this extruded that all the way to your back face and now this lines up exactly with that face so and one of the things that you’ll notice is the way that we did this is these faces are darker than the other faces that’s because every face and Sketchup has a front side and a back side for whatever reason Sketchup extruded this with the dark side showing so all you have to do to fix that is just right click on these and select reverse faces and you can see how when I reverse these faces it flips them so the correct side is facing out and then the other thing you’re going to have to do is you’re just going to have to heal this face so you can do that by just drawing a line along this edge again the Sketchup will draw this face back in so this is a good start for our object but what we’re going to want is we’re going to want kind of an EVE Earned overhang on this on our roof so what we’re going to do is we’re going to use the offset tool to offset this so that we have an e shape that we can push pull along this face and so the offset tool just basically takes any face and it takes the perimeter edges of that face and it’ll offset them a certain distance so in order to activate that you can either come over and click on the offset tool which is right here or you can just tap the F key on your keyboard now you’re going to do is you’re going to click somewhere along this face and you’re going to move your mouse and then where you want to move your mouse is you want to move it so that it’s extra so that it’s offsetting this outward not in word along our face so you don’t want to extrude n you want to extrude it out and all you have to do is you can just come in here and you can just type in how far you want this to offset so in this case I want this to offset six inches so and you can see you get a little bit of leftover down here that you can just erase out and you can actually come in here now and you can erase out the line that was along this face but what I’m going to do is I actually am going to move my mouse so that I can draw a line along this face right here and you see how this turns pink when it turns pink what it means is that’s an extension of this line so it’s at the same angle and I’m just going to draw a line along that same angle to about right here I’m going to erase out this extra I’m going to do the same thing on this other side so just draw a line and then erase out this extra now what we want to do is we want to push pull this forward probably about 12 inches and you can come in here and you can erase out this a little remaining line right here and then you can go to the back side and you may have to heal this face on the back side once you push pull it but on the back side you’re going to go ahead and extrude that once to this back face and then you’re just going to extrude it again 12 more inches so that you’ve got that nice overhang and then you can erase out these extra lines you may have to come in here and reverse a couple of these faces again just by right clicking and clicking your verse faces so now you’ve got your basic house with your basic roof shape it’s got an overhang on either side now we’re going to do is we’re going to come in here we’re going to draw our door and a window so to start off we’re going to use the rectangle tool to draw our door so you can see how when I activate the rectangle tool by tapping the R key and I move my mouse whenever I’m on a face you can see how my little rectangle off of my cursor is turning different colors that’s indicating what axis you’re on so this is automatically orienting this to whatever face you’re on so you can see when this turns red ed it’s just showing you you’re drawing it along this face along the red axis or if you draw it this way it turns green so just move your mouse somewhere along the bottom here along this line wherever you want to start your door and then you’re just going to use the rectangle tool to draw your door in and so what we’re going to do is we’re going to we’re going to activate the rectangle tool we’re going to set a base point and then you’re just going to type in three-foot comma 8-foot that’ll draw a three foot by eight foot door on the front of your house and if you wanted to you could move this over another foot make this more of a four foot by eight foot door something maybe a little wider because it’s a front door or something like that but now what we’re going to do is we’re going to do the same thing that we did with our roof with the offset tool so we’re going to offset this face so that it’s got about we’ll call it we’ll call it four inches of trim around it so you can see how it offset that four inches out that gives you a little trim piece that you can extrude and you can erase out your extra down here and then all you’re going to do is you’re just going to push pull that a little bit to give it a little bit of depth so in this case I’m probably going to push pull that I think I like an inch and a half so I’ll just push pull that an inch and a half and then we’ll come over here and we’ll do the same thing on this side we’ll draw a window what we want to do on this side though is we want the top of this window to align with the top of our door so we’re going to use the tape measure tool to create a guide so click on your tape measure tool then you’re going to click once on this base and then you can move your mouse so you can see how as you move your mouse along this face this is drawing a guide along that face or what I want to do is I want to activate this then I want to hold the shift key when I hold the shift key that’s going to lock the tape measure tool to this axis to the to the blue axis then all I’m going to do is I’m going to move my mouse over to the top of this door and you can see what that’s doing is since I’m locked along the blue acts is now it lets me move my mouse and inference to another point so it says no matter what as long as I hold the shift key it’s going to draw a guide straight up and down from that points so now you’re just giving it a height so I’m just going to click on this door and so what that does is that gives me a line that I can now draw my window off of so and we’ll come in here and we’ll say this is a we’ll call it a six foot wide by four foot high window so just come in here and just draw this rectangle and we’ll say six foot comma four foot and hit the enter key that’ll give you your window over here and remember in this case actually what I’m going to do is I’m going to draw the offset inside instead of outside four inches just because I already drew my guide line to the top of this doorframe the other thing you could do is you could draw your guide line to the bottom of the door frame and then offset this up but so in this case use the offset tool to offset that inside and then use the push/pull tool to do the same thing give this an inch and a half of depth and that’ll just make your window a little more realistic looking so the other thing we can do if we want to is we can draw a chimney so what we’re going to do is we’re going to pick a point on this roof and we’re going to use the rectangle tool to draw a chimney but what you don’t want to do is you can see how we talked before about how this walks to a face well if I do that over here and then I try to push pull this my chimney is going to look all funky like this it’s not going to go straight up and down but what you can do is naturally what this does is this inferences to this face but what you can do is you can but you can tap the up key on your keyboard and that will lock your rectangle tool to the blue axis so now no matter where I put it as long as I tap the up key on my keyboard it’s going to say okay no matter what we’re going to draw a rectangle along that blue axis so activate the rectangle tool tap the up key and then click somewhere on this face and you can see how this is kind of inferencing weird but all you need to do is just type in your dimensions again so three foot comma three foot and hit the inner key and that will draw a three foot by three foot rectangle over here well now there’s a couple different things you can do with this you can push pull it up and down so you could push pull it down so that it intersects with your roof if you want to but I don’t really like the way that that does that instead what I’m going to do is I’m just going to push pull this up a little bit so it goes up a little bit above my roof and then I’m just going to manually draw in the lines so you can just kind of inference this down so hold the shift key so click once to activate the line tool and then you can hold the shift key to lock that along the blue axis and just click on this face and all I’m doing is I’m just drawing a couple lines that go straight down onto this face so I’m just kind of filling this in so that it follows the angle of your roof then you can erase out these extra lines so now you’ve got a chimney in here if you really wanted to you could offset this top piece a little bit and push pull this down so that looks like it’s got a little bit more depth but now you’ve got a house in here with the chimney and then the last thing I’m going to do is I’m going to add a little wainscot on the outside of wainscot is something like if you had like three feet of brick or something like that on the outside of this house I’m going to add that really quick by using the move tool in copy mode so what I’m going to do is I’m going to double click on this bottom face and what that does is that selects this face and all the connected edges and I’m going to first of all I’m going to unselect the edges around this door because I’ve already kind of extruded this trim out but I’m going to unselect these edges and I’m also going to unselect the face so all I have is the line selected and then I’m just going to use the move tool and you can see how if I just move this up and down it’s just going to move this and it’s going to make this look funky but if I tap the ctrl key what that’s going to do is that’s going to activate copy mode so that’ll copy all of the lines that you have selected and then just move your mouse up type in three feet and hit the inner key so now I’ve got this wainscot in here so now when I apply materials I can apply a brick material down here and a like a siding material up above and you can erase out this guideline you can probably push pull these out just a bit if you want to just to give them a little bit of depth so and all I’m doing is I’m coming in here and I’m double clicking with the push-pull tool active what that does is every tool has a memory to it in Sketchup so whenever I keep this tool active and I double click it’ll extrude this to the same depth as the last thing that it extruded so in that way I was able to quickly come around here and give this a little bit of depth so now all we’re going to do is we’re just going to come in and we’re just going to apply materials to our faces so you can come in here and you can apply like an antique brick around the base and just to back up for just a second to get to your materials those are going to be located in your tray so just go up to window default tray and first of all make sure that show tray has been checked and also that the materials box is checked and then all you have to do is you can just come in and you can just select a material that you like and just real quickly apply it to your different faces by clicking on them so I’ll apply a brick to this bottom piece and also to my chimney and I’m in the brick cladding and siding sections you click select and look for brick cladding and siding and then I’m just going to click this white siding up above I’m going to apply a roofing material to my roof and then you could come in here if you wanted to and apply like a wood material or something like that maybe this wood veneer to the trim around your doors and your windows and then you can also apply translucent materials so I could apply a glass material to this window right here if I really wanted to I could come in here and I could add a little bit more detail with some kind of million pieces and stuff like that but I think it’s OK for what we want right now and then I’m just going to apply kind of a red material to my front door and again you could detail that out more as well but that will give you your basic house shape so that’s where I’m in in today’s video leave a comment below and let me know what you thought was this helpful to you do you like this workflow I just love having that Sketchup conversation with you guys if you like this video please remember to click that like button down below if you’re new around here remember to click that subscribe button for new Sketchup content every week feel like what I’m doing in this channel please consider visiting my support me page and my website that’s got some extensions you can purchase to support the show as well as links to my patreon page but in any case thank you so much for taking the time to watch this I really appreciate it and I will catch you in the next video thanks guys

78 thoughts on “SketchUp Tutorial for Beginners – Part 2 – Modeling a House

  1. thanks jus..

  2. Thanks for the videos! (One suggestion: if, possible… maybe add a little graphic to the video around the 15:00 mark reminding people to hold down SHIFT while unselecting parts of the model?)

  3. Lookin good.

  4. Hi Justin, I'm new to Sketchup Make, and just wanted to say that I'm learning a lot from you! I've subscribed and Like your YouTube videos. Keep up the great work!

  5. thank you bro. It hepl full <3

  6. GREAT video Justin. As a beginner these "real world" projects help us learn the functions of the buttons, shortcuts etc and help us remember how to use them. Good job and thanks.

  7. nice teaching method.  learn a lot , you make me feel like i could actual do some of this , thanks!

  8. Great videos….I,m a novice SketchUp user, but I got so inspired I’m going back and watching all you videos from #1onwards!

  9. thanks again Justin, doubt I will ever need to build a house but the techniques involved are very useful to learn as I can see them being applied to other types of modelling and sketching.

  10. you are very good instructor. Thank you for this video Clip

  11. this software is awesome !!! I'd wish I new about this a few years ago….. Ill continue watching your videos and become a patreon… I would like learn more about complex roofing rafter designs .. thanks !!

  12. Thanks,you'r my first instructor for the sketchup.

  13. Very easy to follow. Thanks!

  14. I love this Tutorial, Great job Justin.

  15. Thanks, a very good video.

  16. I had trouble drawing my chimney. I couldn't get it to come out straight from the roof. I couldn't get a flat axis. Which keys do I click, push, pound or break to get it right? Using SketchUp 16 with windows 7.

  17. Thank you, really helpful as I teach myself interior design!

  18. This is really great video! Why I didnt find it sooner!

  19. Much appreciated! I have a much better understanding of the basic elements. I am very 'fluent' in Visio as I have used it in my past career. Sketch up seems very similar and by the same token very different. Your teaching style very much appeals to my learning. In dabbling with sketch up previously, I was frustrated with the tools and got caught up in trying to use the help and hunting and pecking. Your channel is exactly what I was searching for. I'm currently disabled and on Disability so I cannot support your channel as yet, but I will share and like and let the ads play at least. Thank you.

  20. thank you jus, i wana ask i am a new with skup which vedio next of the vedio should i wach , i am confusing

  21. Thank you Justin! I am learning fast 😀

  22. Coming from almost 6 years using Modo, and now have a couple of good archivs projects. Great video, compact and useful, you make wanna consider sketchup as working tool, thanks.

  23. Thank you for the lesson. Helpful to walk through the process for each tool in a practical application.

  24. Big help! Thank you so much! 🙂

  25. hello, i tried to type how long my line/rectangle on the box but the shape cannot automatically shaped, what should i do? is that any setting? thank you so much

  26. I teach engineering to middle school students and this is by far the best set of tutorials I have used. Thank you for what you do.

  27. great job mate, I appreciate the way you explain things and how you show how to do things a bit faster. Thanks!

  28. well done kinda quick but very helpful especially like how I am so new. making the transition from cad so this was helpful

  29. love it, so easy and helpful

  30. very good and helpful and quick to use easy start especially for beginners

  31. Lovely amazing professional and an incredible drawing EVER👍👍
    Look forward to see more
    I just saw your video and already subscribed 😊

  32. A really well thought out tutorial – thank you!

  33. Great video, dude. I love that you working and talking though it with us and not simply directing something scripted. Noting the icon AND the shortcut key is amazing. I much prefer shortcut keys and it bugs the hell out of me that Sketchup doesn't even label all their shortcuts when you hover over the tool. I look forward to learning more from you.

  34. Thanks my man!

  35. wow this is a really good video i think they way you film this really stands you out as a great teacher/mentor because this stuff is really hard but your a great teacher

  36. sike boy u thought

  37. life saver!!! huge help!!!!!

  38. so cute ;[)

  39. beef and cheese

  40. noice

  41. hellow thank you bro … everything you teach us is correct i made my own house aha ahah ha

  42. Hi, I've just acquired Sketchup and cannot wait to go through all your videos. You make it interesting and easy to follow. I'm into making miniatures and was looking for a helpful prog and this is the one I chose, I just need to find some relevant vids. Keep up the fantastic work and I look forward to following you

  43. Super helpful–thank you! I don't like watching or reading instructional materials so taught myself SketchUp as I used it a few years ago (and have used it off and on). Someone recommended your videos as I'm not up to snuff using it professionally as a landscape designer. Your videos are super painless and at a great speed. My SU skills are improving, even just learning basic stuff that I skipped. I tried watching tutorials elsewhere, but they bored me to bits.

  44. Thanks a lot 🙂

  45. For MAC users you will need to select the connected edges individually using the shift key and then use the move tool. To use the copy function for the move tool, you will need to click on Option key instead of Ctrl. Hope this helps someone who gets stuck in this step like I did 🙂

  46. This program looks much easier than Solidworks.

  47. best shit

  48. is ok

  49. This was the best sketchup lesson I've seen. Been a newb to sketchup for so long because I never learned the basics. Great job, thank you!

  50. Excellent again. I have one problem though. I am using Sketchup Make 2017 as well …but there is no tray and nothing that indicates how to show it. Have I done something wrong or is this not available inn the free version? Thanks …just subbed.

  51. Workflow is set up perfectly. Man, I appreciate your lessons and I start loving Sketchup as a new user.

  52. Hi all!! Loving learning the basics so far and great videos btw!
    I have a tech. problem; for some reason whilst making a rectangle I tap the arrow keys to guide by axes (green, red and blue) and nothing happens. I can make the shape but not guided by axes (as done with making the first shape of the chimney in this video). Can any one help with this?!?!

  53. I appreciate 👍👍

  54. What happened to ur face

  55. You are very helpful

  56. holy crap, less explaining. Waaayyy too much talking about the simplest of tasks. too long. jesus.

  57. Thank you 😊

  58. I am pressing the arrow up key to drawing a rectangle to for the chimney but it is not locking to the blue axis. please advise.(I am using a laptop).

  59. Thank you so much! I was struggling with SketchUp until I found your videos.

  60. Great Yesterday I started Sketch Up and Today I done First Practice Project wonderful Love You

  61. Hi Justin. I really like the pace of the tutorial. Keep it up!

  62. Creating chimney on the house is not working, as I keep pressing the up key but nothing happens.

  63. yes very helpful, thanks so much.

  64. Wow, this is an absolutely top-notch video. I used to use this program a lot back in high school but it's been a while and I had the sudden urge to start using it again, and your video is the perfect teaching tool to inspire that!

  65. love iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

  66. Wow! Thanks a lot Justin! Enjoyed learned every minute of it.

  67. Great video

  68. Good video Justin and thank you for the content. The millennial speak and upspeaking (raising your voice at the end of the sentence) is annoying. I mention it as you are using a verbal medium

  69. U r a civil engineer Or an Architect?

  70. Excellent tutorials! Thank you!

  71. I like how, when you make tutorials for beginners, you don't assume much, you really show us each step, what to click or which key to press, etc.

  72. Good tutorial, clear and to-the-point. A question: how do I get that human figure (Chris) when I start a new project?

  73. Great video. So far so good. Can't wait for video 3. Thanks.

  74. i think if the opening do not have our facies it will be more better

  75. Very good thanks.

  76. Using Mac, it continues using foot, instead of inches. 6:42

  77. Thank you! You helped me a lot!

  78. Wassup, La Paz Stem bois!?

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