Kitchen Design Plugin for Sketchup, Sketchup training.

Layout 2.1, not a one way street

In the last post, I started to tell you about LayOut 2.1's most useful new feature, dimensioning.

After testing the new dimensioning feature on small projects here and there, I took the plunge and created my first full presentation and kitchen plan in it.

I started with creating the Sketchup model, coloring it, and setting up all my views.

Then, I sent it over to LayOut. Over there I was able to create different pages with all my views. I started out with all the perspective views. These are typically the views that you would go over with your customer during presentation.

Next, I added some elevations and sections of pertinent parts of the kitchen. These pages have all the dimensions, cabinet codes, and notes for the contractor or installer. The last few pages contain some detail parts, and the counter top details.

While this may look like just a normal plan generated from any other cad software, there is one really nice benefit with using the Sketchup to LayOut workflow: All of the views are referenced off of the original 3D model. What this means is that the workflow process isn't a one way street. If at anytime during the creation of this document I need to change something, I only have to do it in the Sketchup 3D model once. When I save the model, each and every page in LayOut is updated, so all my changes are reflected everywhere.

Yes, other cad software packages can do this, but Sketchup does it very easily.

See the presentation below for the pages of this document. You can download the presentation right to your computer, or use the full screen button to see all the details. Next week, I will have an in depth video on just how this process works.