SketchUp is the ideal tool to plan a kitchen, whether you are a cabinetmaker, an interior designer, a contractor or a do-it-yourselfer. With a 3D model you can see the project from every angle and solve the most common problems (as well as prevent the most common arguments) whether your new kitchen is completely custom or a simple refreshening.
Like my other SketchUp books, “Building Blocks of SketchUp” and “Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp”, “SketchUp For Kitchen Design” is in enhanced Adobe PDF format with 49 videos embedded in the 195 pages of text. This format lets you work in SketchUp in one window while you learn from the book in another window. Because it is digital finding the information you need is simple and fast through the linked table of contents, bookmarks, page thumbnails or through a search. The videos and text work together to show you how to work efficiently, effectively and confidently.
This unique publication is designed to walk you through the same process professional designers use while teaching you how to use the SketchUp program. If you’re brand new to 3D modeling the first two chapters cover the basics of installing and setting up the software and modeling with the essential tools of SketchUp. Chapter 3 takes those basic skills and applies them to modeling an empty room. Later chapters show you how to fill that room with the cabinets, counters and appliances that match your vision. I show you how to make your own cabinet models and how to make use of the abundance of models available in SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse. If your plan is to purchase manufactured cabinets you’ll learn how to find models on line, import them into your model and painlessly rearrange them. You can also find models of appliances, fixtures and accessories.
Communication is half the battle in designing a kitchen, and SketchUp provides several methods to generate standard construction drawings and realistic renderings from one model. It is the ultimate design, planning, problem-solving and selling tool and my methods will get you up to speed quickly. If you’ve struggled with SketchUp before, you’ll find the answers to the most common issues SketchUp users face. If you have experience with SketchUp, you’ll learn tricks and techniques that will speed your workflow. I show you step by step with clear instructions, plenty of screen capture images and a short video every few pages.
“SketchUp For Kitchen Design” is available now in PDF format, and you need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader to enable the embedded video content to play on your PC or Mac. If you download the book to your iPad, you will need an additional app to enable the videos to play. Details on iPad use here.
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Like most authors I don’t say much about what I’m working on before I’m ready to publish. “SketchUp for Kitchen Design” covers planning a room and filling it full of cabinets. My original plan for this book was to include information about using SketchUp to engineer, build and manage a typical custom kitchen cabinet construction project. About half-way through I realized that my plan would result in a massive work of over 400 pages. The size didn’t bother me as much as the realization that many people would only want the first half or the second half.
Now that this volume is finished, I’m diving in to creating the second part, the actual construction of the cabinets, and how to use SketchUp as a project management tool. Look for that to appear late this winter or early next spring.