5 Reasons For Creating Your Own Local Sketchup Library


There are a ton of awesome sketchup components in Google’s 3D warehouse and in other various corners of the web but if you’re not adding them to your local sketchup library you’re doing yourself a disservice. With each well constructed sketchup model comes 5 that are complete junk.  It’s important when you find good models to hold onto them and work towards customizing them to your own modeling style and material preferences.

In this guide we’ll be delving into 5 reasons you should be creating your own local sketchup library (that is saving models you find and like to your computer).

5 Reasons You Should Create A Local Sketchup Library

  1. Most importantly, building your sketchup library saves you time. Searching through the Google 3d warehouse isn’t doing you any favors.  Importing even a few of the wrong components into your model can greatly increase your file size slowing down your workflow.  Purging the file is a good practice, but if you can avoid it after each time you import a component the better.sketchup library
  2. Your sketchup library lets you keep what you like.  It’s very possible that the user who uploaded on of your favorite models could take it down and then your out of luck.  If you don’t have to, don’t rely on them keeping it there.
  3. I’ve found that after building your sketchup library you’ll take ownership over the components you use. You’ll start customizing them to your own preferences and style.  This will  not only greatly improve your models and help give them your own signature, but will helped you learn a lot about the way other people model.
  4. Information is power.  While that’s true, more importantly, we mean quality information is power.  Simply put, the more better quality things you have over your competitors the more advantage you have.  Take what’s good, make it better, and use that to propel yourself towards success.
  5. Building your sketchup library gives you the option to work offline.  Sometimes the power goes out or your internet goes down.  If your working on a tight deadline for a demanding client, that can be a huge problem. Not to mention that sometimes the internet can be a huge hindrance on productivity.  Maybe you want to turn off the internet and really crank things out.  And finally, having your library on your computer can give you the freedom of mobility.  You can model on the plane, on a bus, in a coffee shop, and don’t have to worry about you selected venue has wifi or not.

Hope this helps! Happy modeling!

Leave a comment below and let us know your own thoughts on creating a sketchup library


  1. Matt123 January 14, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

    You aced the exam because at no point in your life has your brain been deprived of oxygen for 10 plus minutes. Seriously. That’s about the only way to fail.
    I took mine last year and after all the reading online I was scared. I bought practice tests, books, did hours of reading and studying.

    All this mess about the questions have several answers is a lie. EVERY SINGLE ONE of my questions had 1 answer. I rocked through the test in less than 20 minutes. I do have building/construction experience, but I remember the quality of the questions. Anyone using basic common sense and process of elimination can figure them out. I thought myself surely I’m not the lucky one who got the easy test? Nope, that’s just how the test is. But the internet likes to scare you, because they know you will buy study material.

    LEED has gotten a bad rap, and the deeper I get into green and natural building the more the joke of LEED is seen. Don’t waste your money or time on their “Green Associate” garbage and certainly don’t waste MORE money to keep up this phony “credential”

  2. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  3. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  4. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


  5. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  6. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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