How to Make Windows in Sketchup

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Unfortunately, vanilla SketchUp doesn’t have a handy tool to plop doors or windows in Sketchup. Instead, you have to make them from scratch. With this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to easily model windows using Sketchup!

Model the Window

Make the Wall. In order to have a window, you’ll have to create a wall first. Use the rectangle tool to draw a rectangle on the ground plane. Use the push/pull tool to extrude it up. Double click the wall to select it. Right-click and select “make group.”

make wall for windows in Sketchup

Draw Rectangle. Use the rectangle tool to draw a rectangle for your window, making sure you are on the face of the wall.

Copy. Select the wall. Right-click and select “make group.”

Group. While you are in the wall group, use the push/pull tool to extrude the window through the wall. Now you should have a hole on one side of the wall and a rectangle for your window on the other side.

extrude windows in Sketchup through wall

Make Component. While outside of your group, draw a rectangle over the wall opening you just created. Select the window. Right-click and select “make group” and then select that group, right-click and select “make component.” Name the component “window” and hit “enter.”

create component for windows in Sketchup

Draw Midpoint. Double click into the window component. Draw a horizontal line along the midpoint of the window.

Offset Base. Select the base pane. Hit “ctrl” while using the move tool to make a copy. Move the copy back along the green axis. Type 2” and hit “enter.”

divide windows in Sketchup

Erase. Use the eraser tool to erase the bottom half of the front pane.

Push/Pull. Use the push/pull tool to extrude the top and bottom panes back 2”.

Offset. Use the “offset” tool to offset the top and bottom panes inward by 2”.

offset pane of windows in Sketchup

Push/Pull. Use the “push/pull” tool to extrude the inner squares through.

extrude inner panes for windows in Sketchup

Make Component. Now that you have the panes of the windows in Sketchup, you’ll want to make them into groups or components. Use the eraser tool to delete the bottom pane. Double-click on the top pane. Right-click and select “make group.” Right-click again and select “make component.” Name the component “sash” and hit “enter.” Copy the “sash” component down to where the original bottom pane was.

copy pane of windows in Sketchup

Draw Pane of Glass. Double-click into the top pane component. Use the rectangle tool to draw a plane from corner to corner. Make sure it is aligned with the midpoint.

draw glass on windows in Sketchup

Change Material. Under the “materials” tab of the “default tray” select “glass and mirrors.” Choose a glass material and use the paint bucket tool to paint your pane of glass. You can always go to the “edit” tab to change the color and opacity of the glass.

Modeling the Muntins

Add Muntins. Use the rectangle tool to draw a square about the size you want your muntin to be. Right-click and select “make group.” Make a copy of the square and move it so that it lines up with the inner edge of the windowpane.

make muntin base for windows in Sketchup

Make Component. Double-click on the square. Right-click and select “make component.” Name the component “muntin” and hit “enter.”

Extrude. Double click into the “muntin” component and use the push/pull tool to extrude the square to the top of the windowpane.

extrude muntins for windows in Sketchup

Copy Muntin. Draw a horizontal line on the opposite side of the windowpane on the inner edge. Hide the rest of the windowpane for now. Use the move tool and hold “ctrl” to make a copy of the munitn. Move the copy to the other side of the windowpane so that the inner edge lines up with the line you drew.

move muntin along windows in Sketchup

Divide. Type “/4” and hit “enter” to create 3 evenly spaced muntins. Delete the two muntins on either side of the window.

divide muntins on windows in Sketchup

View > Hidden Geometry. Navigate to “view” and select “hidden geometry” from the dropdown. Right-click on the hidden geometry of the window and select “unhide.”

unhide geometry of windows in Sketchup

Add Horizontal Muntin. Select one of the muntins. Hit “M” to open the move tool. Hold “ctrl” to make a copy and move the copy down a bit.

Rotate. Hit “Q” to open the rotate tool and rotate the copy 90 degrees.

Move. Move the muntin so that it aligns with the midpoint of the window. Move the muntin in the green axis and hold “shift” to lock to the green axis. Move the muntin forward so that it aligns with the front face of the vertical muntins.

add horizontal muntin to windows in Sketchup

Scale. Use the scale tool to extend the muntin so that it lines up with both sides of the window.

Bump it Out. Select the horizontal muntin and use the move tool to move it forward along the green axis. Hold “shift” to lock to the axis. Type 1/8” and hit “enter.” You can also use the scale tool to bump it out on the opposite side as well.

create bump out for windows in Sketchup

Make sure you delete any extra lines and shapes. Now you have a completed window! If you want, you can add even more details to make it look more realistic.

Adding Details to Windows in Sketchup

Set Back. Use the move tool to slightly set back the window in the cutout.

set back windows in Sketchup

Add Trim. Draw a line to close off the opening. Use the offset tool to offset the trim slightly outward. Use the push/pull tool to extrude the trim out.

offset trim of windows in Sketchup
extrude trim of windows in Sketchup

If you want to add trim with a unique profile, draw the profile shape so that it lines up with the edge of the window cutout. Select the follow me tool and click on your profile. Hold the left mouse button and drag the shape along the edge of the window cutout.

drag trim along windows in Sketchup

Add Slope. One important thing to consider is that the front edge of the window sill should be sloped slightly downward to allow rain to run off. Select the bottom trim work and use the move tool to slope the window sill down slightly. You may have to move the sill up so that it lines up with the window again.

align slope to windows in Sketchup
final windows in Sketchup

You can always add more detailed trim work or create larger windows, but these steps should give you the basics to creating windows in Sketchup! What other objects do you need help modeling in Sketchup? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to check out our full list of tutorials too!

Happy Hacking!

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

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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 #

    Paige,

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

    Best,
    Tony

  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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