SketchUp- Adding to your Skill Set- SketchUp to Layout (200)

SketchUp rendering of house interior

This class is for students who have a good command of the basics of SketchUp as described in the beginner class and are ready to learn additional skills. We'll start with a brief overview of components, scenes, and styles, and learn how to use tags to turn on and off features in different scenes. 

2D rendering of round barn for presentation

Then, using the classic Heartwood frame as a starting point, we'll look at the following:

  • Adding compound framing (hips, valleys, and jacks) to timber frame models
  • Using Solid Tools (Intersect, Subtract, Trim, Split, and Union) to create joinery
  • Setting up cross-section views to export to Layout for shop plans
  • Using Layout (available in the Pro version only):
    • set up sheets, creating title blocks with company logo, importing views
    • dimensioning, adjusting scale and dimension styles, adding notes
    • combining different view styles for clarity and impact
  • Using Photo Match to combine existing context with proposed new construction
  • Sharing tricks and tips for streamlining the drawing process


Andrea Warchaizer is a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture and has worked in the timber frame industry since 1990. After completing her architectural internship at Benson Woodworking, Andrea founded Springpoint Inc. in 1994. Her company provides design services to individual clients and consulting to the timber frame industry with a focus on site-sensitive, resource-efficient, healthful, and life-enhancing homes. Andrea has served multiple terms on the Timber Framers Guild Board of Directors and is an active member of the Governance and Education Committees as well as a member of the Timber Frame Engineering Council. In addition to her design work, Andrea teaches architecture and engineering classes at Timberlane Regional High School.

Attendees must have purchased the Pro version of SketchUp (or signed up for the free 30-day trial) and have it installed on their laptops prior to the course. It is also essential to have a 3-button mouse for ease of navigating and working with your 3D model.

This class is designed for the intermediate SketchUp user. Students should have previously taken the Intro class or have command of the skills described in the beginner class. This class will cover the skills described above. For the more advanced SketchUp user, we recommend the Advanced SketchUp Seminar, to be offered at a date to be determined.

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Rendering of tower using SketchUp Pro and LayOut
Aug 17, 2023 - Aug 18, 2023 $400

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