Design with Google Sketchup
Sketchup is a great tool for designing in 3D.
However, to get exact measurements, we will be starting in 2D.
Also, where our AutoCAD work has been in 2D, this will be a nice segway into the world of 3D!
Get Google Sketchup (Free!)
Grade 9 students are introduced to Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) using Google Sketchup, which is a free download from Google.
Handing In Your House
Rename your Google Sketchup house to "YOUR-NAME-3D-house-full.skp"
(it might not have the ".skp" part).
Copy and paste your house file to the hand-in folder here:
------> Period_1_Submissions (1,2,4,6)
--------> Google Sketchup
On Your Weebly Page
Sketchup Tutorial Files
WARNING: I recommend students skip the last parts of Part 2 and Part 3 (Display Settings) as Sketchup often changes where to find these options in the menus.
Students must complete the 3 tutorials above before beginning the assignments below.
Assignments in this Unit
Here's a list of the activities, their names and the areas of learning covered.
same file as above
same file as above
Tutorials (don't save)
Wall with Openings
Staircase with Railings
Use Rectangle, Line, Push/Pull, Move, Bucket, Orbit
Have Thickness & Holes with Push/Pull
Draw on a wall to create stairs
Import from Google 3D Warehouse
House Floor Plan
3D House Plus
Objectives (20 points total)
Draw a 2D Floor Plan complete with rooms and wall
Pull your 2D Floor Plan into a 3D House!
(Option A or B)
- 2+/room by you (full points) [also computer runs faster]
- import from Google 3D Warehouse (3/4 points)
3D House with Lot
Add extra or outdoor features. May include:
- Vegetation (grass, trees, bushes, flowers, ...)
- Vehicles and/or Garage
- Construction (Fence, Gazebo, Pool, Sports Area, ...)
Choose wisely between Options A & B.
Students who do not choose what suits
them best will have their mark adjusted.
Suggestions for Floor Plans
- Keep quiet areas separate (bedrooms, bathrooms, ...).
- Keep social and entertainment areas separate (living room, kitchen, ...).
- Place a bathroom close to each group of bedrooms.
- If you will have stairs, plan for a 1.5 by 3 meter floor area (both up and down)
- Have 2 doors (for emergencies)
- Have a window in each living space. (Bathrooms do not need a window but may have one.)
Windows usually face front and back of the home (as neighbours are often on the sides).