Modern Mountain House in Sketchup | Sketchup Speed Model

Featured image_Mountain House in Sketchup

In this speed model tutorial, we’re going to show you how to create a contemporary mountain house in Sketchup. We got this beautiful design from Adrian Jaskiewicz. We’ve done a few tutorials on speed modeling in Sketchup before. If you’re interested in a more detailed explanation, you can check out this video! Otherwise, let’s get started on breaking down how we made this contemporary mountain home! First, well block out the basic shapes and then we’ll start adding in the details!

Block out House in Sketchup

Import Image. Go to “file” > “import.” Choose the image you want to import and make sure “new matched photo” is selected.

Align Perspective. Move the perspective lines to align them with those in the image. Make sure the red and green lines are on two perpendicular planes.

align perspective to house in Sketchup

Block it Out. The easiest way to model from an image in Sketchup is by creating blocks for the basic shapes and then carving out, or adding the details from there. We used the rectangle tool to draw a rectangle on the ground floor then used the push/pull tool to extrude it up.

block out house in Sketchup

Cutout Roofline. We used the line tool to trace the roofline on one side. We mirrored it on the opposite side to make sure the angle was symmetrical. Then, we extruded each triangular face to the back of the house. You can see that the perspective lines don’t match up 100%. That’s okay, it’s in the ballpark, you just need to use your judgment on this one. We could certainly get the lines to match up but lose the symmetry. In cases like this, it’s best to maintain symmetry and settle for a “close enough” photo match.

cut roofline in house in Sketchup

Offset. We used the offset tool to offset the roofline shape and then extruded it inward to create the overhang.

offset roofline in house in Sketchup

Add Details

Cutout Walls. Using a similar process to creating the roof, we traced the exterior wall cutouts and extruded them back. Then, we used the same method to create doors and windows.

cut out walls of house in Sketchup

Add Steps. We used the rectangle tool to draw the base of the steps and the push/pull tool to extrude them.

add steps to house in Sketchup

Make Wood Slats. To make the wood slats, we traced the front face of the wall below the slats. We moved the shape to align with the top slat and set it back slightly. We used the push/pull tool to add thickness and the scale tool to adjust the size. Then, we copy and pasted the shape down until we had all three slats.

add wood slats to house in Sketchup

Model the Chimney. Next up, we began modeling the chimneys. We started by drawing a rectangle and using the push/pull tool to create the basic block. Then, we used the scale tool to get it to the right size. We drew another rectangle on top to create the lip and used the line tool to add the groves along the sides. We made it into a component and then copy and pasted it to line up with the second chimney.

add chimney to house in Sketchup

Add Materials. If you want to add materials with another rendering program, you’ll have to paint all of them onto the house in Sketchup first. Use the material tab in the default tray to create custom materials. We made a custom material for each material in the image. Then, we used the paint bucket tool to paint each surface in that material.

add materials to house in Sketchup

Clean Up. Make sure you close off any holes and erase any extra lines that may be floating around. This will not only make your model look clean, but it will decrease your file size and keep the loading time fast!

Add Furnishings. If you want to get really detailed you can model your own furniture too! We decided to get models off of the 3D Warehouse and add them into our model.

add models to house in Sketchup

Once you’re finished you can load it into a rendering program like Vray or Lumion and really make it come to life! What do you think of our mountain house in Sketchup? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out our other Sketchup tutorials for even more tips!

final house in Sketchup

Happy Hacking!


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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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