Moon House | Sketchup Speed Model

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Sketchup is a great program for creating realistic models from dimensioned floor plans or images, but sometimes it can be fun to take a break and model something a little more conceptual and challenging! In this Sketchup speed model, we took a concept drawing of a “Moon House” from the artist Catell-Ruz and turned it into a 3D model in Sketchup. We’ll go over the basics of how we got it all done and show you the final product! If you’re looking for a more detailed tutorial on modeling in Sketchup, check out our full-length tutorial here.

Let’s get started!

Import the Image

To get started on this Sketchup speed model, we imported our image into Sketchup. Then, we aligned the perspective lines and horizon line in Sketchup with the ones in the image. This is an important step in making sure the final product turns out as accurate and realistic as possible!

import image into sketchup speed model

Block out the Basics

Next, we blocked out the basic shapes of the house, beginning with the overall silhouette and adding the exterior supports and beams. Don’t get too carried away with the details yet, it’s all about getting the overall structure down first! Start with basic blocks and then carve out the more detailed shapes later on.

It’s All in the Details

Once we had the overall shapes traced, we added the more detailed bump outs and angles of the house. Then, we could add even more details like the wood trim and door frame. We continued to add features throughout the model like the window cut-outs, trim, and roof shingles. (We started from the bottom and worked our way up.)

carve out details in sketchup speed model
moon detail on sketchup speed model

At this point, things can start to get pretty messy with all of the different components and shapes. It’s a good idea to switch between the image and the model so you can make sure all the elements line up correctly and you aren’t missing any important details! You may want to keep the original image handy to look back on for reference. Continue adding details until you are satisfied with the look of your model!

adding roof details to sketchup speed model

Finishing the Sketchup Speed Model

When modeling in Sketchup, it’s easy to get lost in all of the details. Feel free to add as much or as little detail as you want to really make the model your own. When you are finished with the model, you can add custom materials, or project textures from the image onto your model. This will really make your model look authentic and represent the original sketch!

finished sketchup speed model

Are You Ready to Take on the Challenge?

If you’re ready for the challenge, go ahead and pick an image you like and get started! Be sure to reference our in-depth tutorial if you need help, and check out our full list of Sketchup tutorials for even more great modeling tips!

Do you want to see even more Sketchup speed model tutorials? Or more detailed modeling tips? Let us know in the comments below!

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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