Google SketchUp

Range Hood & Cabinets

I’ve been playing around with Google SketchUp a bit lately.  We are doing our kitchen cabinets and I’m trying to get a feel for the overall look of things.  Our cabinet designer is much more of a pencil to paper type of guy, which is great, but it doesn’t let you quickly modify things to get different looks.  It also becomes hard to get a feel for how things will look at different angles.

Clearly, based on the above example of our range hood & cabinets, I’m no expert yet, but I’m starting to get the hang of things.   I can see how this could get addictive, even for the early stage mock ups of the entire house.  I’m finding that the product, while not entirely intuitive, is fairly robust and flexible in terms of what you can pull off.  Kitchen designers should be all over this.  When you look at some of the more complex examples, it is amazing what can be done.

Pretty sweet, huh?  I’ve got a long way to go.



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3 responses to “Google SketchUp

  1. I’ve been hoping for a chance to play around with this more, because it’s clearly an awesome tool – price is right, too! I attempted the other night to sketch up what the bathroom might look like after a remodel, but I’m not getting how to put a predefined component (I forget what they actually call them – the predefined figures you can download, from toilets to windows) INto a 3-d model. The furthest I got was a toilet sitting on top of the ceiling, which isn’t quite the look I was going for!! From the 2nd example you showed, I’m beginning to think that my error was in creating a 3-d room: Maybe I need to just do a 2-d floor then put the 3-d components onto that, including the walls.

    Cool tool though, that’s for sure!

  2. scott

    You can download cad files from kraftmaid cabinets and import into sketchup.

  3. Renditioner

    There are a few extras that IMSI have produced of late that either help out specific TurboCAD users, such as furniture makers, or greatly improve other products with IMSI technology.

    One of these is the IDX Renditioner. It is a plug-in for Google SketchUp that provides high-quality photorealistic rendering – fast and easily. Renditioner works directly within SketchUp and lets you control the materials, advanced lighting components, environments, background images. Renditioner is “one button” easy with 3 render options of Preview, Standard and Presentation. It is simple enough for novices and yet powerful enough for professionals. Powerful features are optimized in a jargon free interface. Simplicity paired with speed and working directly in SketchUp, means you can achieve design visualization objectives more quickly. Renditioner offers 16 megapixel renderings for large-scale printing and powerful presentation of your designs.

    It is available for Windows XP or Vista on the PC, and OS/X 10.4 or 10.5 on the Mac and runs on either PowerPC or Intel-based Mac computers. As an extra it obviously requires you to already have SketchUp, but will be fine on the free version as well as the Pro version 6.4x or later. Like all photorealistic rendering, IDX Renditioner uses a system’s RAM and CPU power extensively, and is not recommended on systems with less than 1 GB RAM, with 2 GB recommended. Being fully multithreading, dual core, quad core, or dual quad core machines will each improve system performance dramatically.

    SketchUp is a nice piece of kit, but with the edition of Renditioner it jumps from good to professional, and then you import the SketchUp drawings into TurboCAD to add another dimension.

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