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


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  10. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

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  18. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  19. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  20. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  22. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  23. 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

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

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

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


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


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

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. 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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