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I want to use SketchUp for 2D floor plan layout? How best to do that?

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I want to use SketchUp for 2D floor plan layout? How best to do that? wizard_chef 7/12/10 9:46 AM
SketchUp version: 7.1
Operating system: Windows XP
 
I know SketchUp is overkill for this task, but I wish to use SketchUp to do house floor plan layout and design. Is the best way to do this to simply turn perspective off? I only need 2D, at least for the current layout task.
Re: I want to use SketchUp for 2D floor plan layout? How best to do that? Gaieus 7/12/10 9:58 AM
You cannot turn SU into a purely 2D tool but in fact you can use it to quickly draft 2D plans, too. In fact, many 3D models start this way anyway so why not?

Perspective (or ortho view) make actually much more difference when you are in 3D already but true that with perspective off, you will have much more similar view to simple 2D packages.
Re: I want to use SketchUp for 2D floor plan layout? How best to do that? wizard_chef 7/12/10 10:03 AM
Thanks. I'd kinda like to stick with SketchUp because once I get my feet wet with it in the orthograhic view I may want to add another dimension for some rooms at a later date.
Re: I want to use SketchUp for 2D floor plan layout? How best to do that? mac1 7/13/10 6:31 AM
Her is a tutorial link for the case when you have the plan view but maybe will give you some ideas http://forums.sketchucation.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=723&hilit=How+to+model+a+house

Re: I want to use SketchUp for 2D floor plan layout? How best to do that? wizard_chef 7/13/10 6:38 AM
Mac1, that tutorial looks useful, but assumes you start with a floor plan drawing. I don't have a drawing and want to start from scratch.

I am now thinking that I should use another piece of software for doing a floor plan (2D) layout. Some of the floor plan layout programs I have looked at have sets of templates for things like windows, doorway, cabinets, etc. That would save me a lot of time.
Re: I want to use SketchUp for 2D floor plan layout? How best to do that? mac1 7/13/10 8:04 PM
Yes I knew that but thought the process would be insightful too you . If you don't want to eventually create a 3d model then maybe that is best for you but, someone will change your mind if that is the case. If I was staring out new I would find a layout close to what I want then modify it to my needs. You can then use all the info in there for your model and you can create your own models for doors , windows etc in SU and put them in the component libraray
Good Luck
Re: I want to use SketchUp for 2D floor plan layout? How best to do that? mac1 7/13/10 8:28 PM
Additional info for you http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQsjwDFaBJo&feature=channel
Re: I want to use SketchUp for 2D floor plan layout? How best to do that? wizard_chef 7/14/10 6:37 AM
Mac1, thanks. Yes, this video is helpful to see how to quickly construct walls, for example. I will have a go at using SketchUp for my project. The one thing missing is a library of objects like cabinets, furniture, etc. Maybe those have been added by others. Haven't looked yet.
Re: I want to use SketchUp for 2D floor plan layout? How best to do that? gullfo 8/5/10 3:36 PM
you can import 2D DWG files which you can get from a number of manufacturers and use them to layout the floor plan. or you can use the 3D components and set the top view to Parallel Project which gives a 2D view. modeling the 2D isn't a problem if you have the dimensions for the rooms and the wall depth etc. accurately defined (usually measure to 1/8" or 3mm will suffice unless you need to measure down to 1/16" or 1mm but physical reality later during building will likely defeat this close precision). I like to take down measurements on a graph paper which all the details of the space including pipes, ducts, windows, doors, lights, outlets, etc and then build the 2D plan from there. if it's a greenfield (not existing space) then you can define it however you like...