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Designing the Ultimate Man-Cave or She-Shed Design in SketchUp

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Design your own personal sanctuary with SketchUp's intuitive 3D toolset. Learn how to turn a garage or other existing space into a she shed or man cave.

We all want a room to call our own. Personal structures like man caves and she sheds give you a hideaway from life stresses. Do you want a light and airy garden structure to curl up with a good book or to enjoy conversation with a friend, or would a lounge with a minibar where you can watch the game while working on your motorcycle be your idea of a good time? SketchUp, "the easiest, most fun, entirely free 3D drawing tool in the world," is the perfect program to design your unique space. Join Scott Onstott in this course, as he shows how to model an existing structure like a garage and transform it into a personal sanctuary with SketchUp's intuitive 3D toolset. Discover how to model walls, doors, windows, furniture, and even a private bathroom, and finesse your design with lighting and shading.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
1. Getting Started
  • Exploring SketchUp's user interface
  • Customizing a project template
  • Saving keyboard shortcuts
2. Building an Existing Structure
  • Drawing the floor plan of an existing garage
  • Modeling walls and selecting and using groups
  • Creating the garage doors
  • Modeling the roof
  • Adding materials and a car in the garage
  • Controlling object visibility
3. Personalizing the Structure
  • Building a wall with an interior door
  • Creating a workshop
  • Designing a "man cave" entertainment room
  • Designing a man-cave bathroom
  • Placing a bathtub in the "she shed"
  • Finishing the she-shed bathroom
  • Decorating the she-shed suite
4. Visualization and Presentation
  • Casting shadows
  • Playing with styles
  • Saving scenes and exporting an animation
  • Overview of what you have learned
  • Next steps

Taught by

Scott Onstott


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