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.