SketchUp Is Really Hard (But Don’t Skip It!)

I’ve heard a hundred times that SketchUp is really easy to use.

Lies.

SketchUp may¬†get easier to use, but SketchUp’s learning curve is really steep when you have no experience whatsoever with 3D modeling. It may also be easier than other tools. I have no idea. But drawing each board and grouping each little thing and layers and angles and–it’s HARD.

You know what else is hard? Designing a whole house from scratch. And it’s that challenge that makes SketchUp absolutely necessary.

You need the most detailed plan you can possibly put together, because the last thing you want to be doing is standing there staring at the outside of your house wondering how you should stagger the butt joins in your siding based on where your studs are. THAT is a colossal waste of time.

Building the house on my computer screen prior to building it in real life has been exhausting and frustrating and painful, but I don’t want to think about how much worse it would be to be making these decisions on the fly while actually constructing the house. It’s so much easier to use the “push/pull” tool to make a board longer than it is to talk your 2×4 into growing a little bit despite that last cut you made.

If you’re designing your own house, I can’t recommend highly enough that you draw every single board in SketchUp, based on an accurate drawing of your own trailer. Later, when it’s time to set angles and make measurements and stuff, you’ll already know.

Plus, if you put in the time BEFORE you actually start construction, you can work out the questions about how much of each material you need and minimize your waste.

Save cost, save time, save frustration. SketchUp is worth it, even though it’s hard.