Crooked Tavern Sketchup Speed Model | Sketchup 2018 Lumion

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Today on the blog we’ve got another Sketchup speed model to share with you! This one was based on an illustration done by Rango Huang. This particular model has plenty of texture and character, so we’ll be spending a lot of time working on the details. If you want an even more in-depth tutorial on how we do our speed models check out this tutorial! Otherwise, let’s get started!

How to Create the Sketchup Speed Model

Import Image. Go to “file” > “import.” Select the image you want to use. Make sure “new matched photo” is selected and click “import.” Once you have the image loaded in, move the perspective lines in Sketchup to line up with those in the photo.

import image to Sketchup speed model

Block it Out. Once you have your image imported you can begin modeling. We started by blocking out the base of the building. Use the rectangle tool to draw the ground plane. Then draw another rectangle to form the base of the building. Use the “push/pull” tool to extrude the shape up. Use the line tool to cut out faces and push walls in to create the shape of the building. Adjust the faces as you go along until they line up with the walls in the image.

block out Sketchup Speed model

Add Details. Use the “line” and “push/pull” tools to trace the crates on the ground floor. Use the same tracing and extruding method to create the door frame and wood details on the exterior.

add details to Sketchup speed model

Add the Balcony. Draw a square for the base of the supports and extrude them up. Draw a rectangle for the base of the balcony and extrude it up to add thickness.

add balcony to Sketchup speed model

Add the railings and use the line tool to draw the curved tapestries.

add balcony details to Sketchup speed model

Model Roof. Begin by tracing the ridge and use the scale tool to adjust the shape. Create the first row of shingles and then copy and paste them back. Use the scale tool to adjust the angle and shape of each row. Erase any extra lines and continue to copy and paste them back until the entire roof is covered. Repeat the same process for the larger roof section.

trace roof pediment in Sketchup speed model
make roof shingles for Sketchup speed model
add roof shingles to larger section in Sketchup speed model

Add Windows. Use the line tool to trace the window frames. You will have to use the arc tool to create the arch of the curved windows. Trace the triangular cutouts with the line tool and delete the faces. Once you create one arched window, you can just copy and paste it over to the second one.

add window cutouts to Sketchup speed model

Add the Chimney. Model the chimney by creating each shape individually. Use the rectangle tool for the base. Extrude circles to create cylinders and add a cone on the top.

add chimney to Sketchup speed model

Finish out the model by adding the last few details like the wood trim, sconces, barrels, and awnings.

add final details to Sketchup speed model

Render Sketchup Speed Model

If you plan on rendering your final model, you’ll want to add materials in Sketchup. You can do it as you go along or wait until the end. Use the “materials” tab in the “default tray.” You can either create a custom material or use an existing one. Just make sure you have a separate material for each material in the image. Use the paint bucket tool to paint each surface.

When we finished, we imported our model into Lumion to create a night and daytime rendering!

Sketchup speed model daytime rendering
Sketchup speed model nighttime rendering

If you liked this Sketchup speed model, be sure to check out some of the rest of our videos here! What other kinds of models would you like to see? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Hacking!


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  9. RJennings April 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

    Thank you for this website. The practice questions are helpful.

  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

  11. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

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  14. reximagetrim January 16, 2018 at 10:37 am #

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  15. tylerstockholm December 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

    Nice one… very helpful! Thanks!!!

  16. Aartiwalvekar November 21, 2017 at 8:56 am #

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  17. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Great post!

  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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