When I started 3D modelling with Sketchup, I assumed that there would be a well-documented approach available to Sketchup users. I’m not an architect. I was looking for guidance aimed at fairly proficient amateur users who wanted to design their own houses.
After much digging in the internet space and the purchase of several Sketchup architectural books, I was still struggling to find the kind of approach that I was looking for. Eventually, I had done so much research into the subject that I decided to go the extra mile and write the kind of book I was looking for.
You might think that this was a drastic reaction to my disappointing search. Not really, as I have a background in construction design and I have previously written several software manuals. From my own experience and the queries I’d seen on Sketchup forums, I decided there was a gap in the market for this kind of book.
From the start, I set myself a brief to develop a “universal approach” to 3D modelling with Sketchup. The aim was for anyone to be able to model any type of residential structure. I went through many complicated systems, including a colour-coded system! Eventually, I distilled it all into a simple one-system-fits-all-structures approach. It turned out that the approach was as relevant to a 6-storey apartment block as it was to a bungalow.
I can now say that the approach is a real delight to use. I can now concentrate on the design instead of stressing over the order of things!
I’ve been writing the book for 18 months now, fitting it in between some major projects. I’m almost ready to publish and keen to get some feedback from potential readers. These could be newby Sketchup users or expert Sketchup modellers. They could be hobbyists or architects, architectural technicians, university academics etc. If you would like to review the book prior to publication, I’d love to hear from you. Contact me here.