SketchUp For Everyone

Drawing a House


SketchUp – drawing your house in 3D

Download SketchUp – it is free, it is a programme originally developed by Google, which has now been sold on and used by many people to present 3D objects and can be very useful when in expert hands.  Even when you are starting with SketchUp you can achieve some good results.




The aims of drawing a house in 3D

By drawing your house in 3D it will help to give you an idea of how 3D design works and how simple it really is to use.  Also, should you go onto draw your own house, you could use the image within a Google map as an interesting way for people to find where you live or even add a floorplan and develop any extensions you are wishing to add to your house.

Draw a house (this is really just a box with a triangle on top)
Getting Started
Download SketchUp
Select measurement - Pick Imperial or Metric, whichever you are most comfortable with
Familiarise yourself with the SketchUp tool bar




Find the pencil icon, which allows you to draw lines.
  To start with draw a line in any direction then turn 90 degrees and draw a line again in any direction and turn 90 degrees again drawing a line in any direction and one last turn of 90 degrees and now you should be back to where you have started and the line should snap to the original start point and you will have a square or a rectangle.
  If all goes wrong then you can start again by clicking Start in the top left hand corner menu or you can find the eraser  and rub out the different lines.



Next go to the push/pull icon,  (hovering your curser over the top icons it shows what they do) then click onto the rectangle and pull upwards and you will make a cube.
Viewing your cube - Pick the viewing icon and you can rotate the cube.
Add a roof

If you click on the pencil icon and take it to approximately the centre of the top of the cube and hover around then pencil will snap to the middle point.  You then need to draw a line parallel to the other cube lines at the top and snap to the other end.  You will now have a line across the top of the box, if you go to the move icon again and click on the central line and pull it upwards this will form the ridge of the roof.

Your first house!
Now go back to the viewing icon and rotate the image and you have your first house.
SketchUp - Drawing a House

SketchUp provides the tools to allow you to draw your house and endless extension or amendment possibilities. Once you master the basic skills you will be able, with practise, create and thereby help you visual any changes you wish to make to your home. Whether you are thinking about changing the layout of your house or adding an extension SketchUp is a great way of visualising your plans.


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Adding Roof material

You can make the 3D model more house-like by adding roof tiles or slates if you click on the icon that looks like a paint pot being tippedyou will find a selection of different materials that you can use and choose whichever you wish to be your roof material.

Adding detail: windows and doors to the house

There are many ways of adding detail and libraries of pre-drawn windows and doors you could use.  However, for this example we are going to use the tools we have already used i.e. the pencil, the push/pull and paint tools.

Drawing doors

Start by drawing a door, which should be a bit less than half the height of your house and approximately half as wide as the height of your door.   You can add a front door and a back door if you wish and then add windows.

With the door it needs to snap to the bottom line and you can push/pull the door in to make it stand out or go in just a fraction and then you can choose the paint icon to add colour.

Drawing windows

Drawing windows is a bit harder, you need to draw the windows on the front face of the building on the surface of the walls and add rectangles or squares and then push/pull them.  You can add glass as a colour from the paint icon.

You can colour the walls in too.

Look at the viewing icon and rotate your first house.



Take a look at further ways to use SketchUp or call free phone 0800 298 5424 for a friendly chat with a Surveyor who will help you with your building project - a 3D model not only saves you time but money too helping to avoid costly mistakes or later further amendments to your building.

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