SketchUp 2021: Building a Foundation for Success

This unprecedented year has changed the way we live and work as the pandemic shut down our lives and forced us to stay at home. Like many of you around the world, we used this time to tackle projects we’ve been meaning to do for months (or years?) and were reminded of the importance of setting yourself up for success at the start of a project with a solid foundation.


Today, we are pleased to introduce a major update to SketchUp Pro with a number of improvements to help you tackle complicated projects, work efficiently, get more done, and succeed in new forms of creation. This major update of SketchUp Pro includes new tools and features, innovations, improvements, and time-savers that help you with all the unique challenges of this past year and beyond.


To start, SketchUp’s full suite of products have a fresh new look. The best part? You can finally model the logos in 3D. Get to know the new SketchUp logos!

Speaking of a new look, this new version introduces an architecturally-trained, Nigerian mother of twins as the scale figure to SketchUp Pro 2021: Sumele Aruofor. A Strategic Marketing Manager at Trimble, she knows a thing or two about the importance of starting a complicated project on a strong foundation. Say hi to Sumele when you open the new version, and get to know her a little better.

Now that we’ve settled into SketchUp’s new and improved exterior, it’s time to get to know the new features. SketchUp 2021 brings you a brand new, climate-savvy way to start designs, better model organization, and smart, configurable objects. The latest SketchUp version solidifies the groundwork of your most complicated AEC projects. Let’s get to know all the SketchUp 2021 updates.

A new way to start SketchUp

As AEC professionals we strive for a reality where every addition to the built environment works in harmony with the natural surroundings. This synergy requires a comprehensive understanding of a site’s context before plans are drawn. That’s where PreDesign comes in. This brand new climate research tool helps you to understand the local environment surrounding your project before you start modelling in 3D.

“Although SketchUp is a fantastic way to develop ideas in 3D, we are continuously exploring new capabilities and see tremendous value in making it easy for our users to include design research in their pre-design workflows,” said Andrew Corney, PE, M.CIBSE, M.ASHRAE, Product Director at Trimble. “With PreDesign, we’re providing designers with the insights they need to take a truly holistic approach to creating suitable design strategies and communicating value to their clients.” 


Pulling site-specific weather data, PreDesign suggesting appropriate architectural responses for your project. Intuitive sun path diagrams show you the areas of your site that need to be shielded from overheating sun. And it doesn’t just flag the issues; PreDesign suggests effective glazing, shading, and top-lighting strategies for each face of your building. Talk about getting things right from the start.

Top lighting Strategies in SketchUp

“PreDesign provides useful information that we need to position our projects for better design outcomes from the very start,” said Adam Osterhoff, principal architect at HeartwoodStudio. “Its compelling visual outputs and intelligent talking points also help us clearly communicate the value of our proposals to clients.“

PreDesign is here to enhance your design narrative with meaningful climate observations while alleviating some of the heavy-lifting from your workflow. By getting things right at the start, you’ll avoid wasting your precious design time and resources, and avoid costly rework. The forecast is sunny with PreDesign, see for yourself.

Improved Tag Management

We know managing long lists of tags and scenes can be overwhelming—particularly with complex models. That’s why we’re helping you stay organized with Tag Folders in SketchUp Pro and LayOut. Whether you use tags to set up models for design scenarios, documentation, reporting, or visualization, we think you’ll find it a lot easier to locate and work with tags when you start grouping them in folders. You can also control the visibility of all tags in a folder at once to turn on and off large chunks of your model.

We didn’t stop there. Filtering tags is finally possible in SketchUp! You can now quickly zero in on a specific tag. And if your tags are organized with a naming convention, you can quickly filter on your prefixes to select similar tags and organize them in a folder. 

Ultimately, we want to ensure that your workflow is operating at peak performance with the utmost control and agility. Which brings us to our next exciting announcement for SketchUp’s 2021 updates…
Ultimately, we want to ensure that your workflow is operating at peak performance with the utmost control and agility. Which brings us to our next exciting announcement for SketchUp’s 2021 updates…

Introducing Live Components in SketchUp

Do you dream of building models that are robust and flexible enough to react to design changes? We do! There’s no doubt that a successful model is one that can easily accommodate iterations and allow for rapid change. In SketchUp 2021, SketchUp is introducing parametric objects that do just this; they’re called Live Components.
Programmed with modeling logic that controls their geometry, Live Components are configurable objects that re-draw themselves in real-time. What does this actually mean? Using Live Components with the 2021 SketchUp update allows for greater project scalability and benefits a wide range of use cases including architectural configuration, interior design, as-built modeling, space planning, and rapid iterations of concept or aesthetic.

Live Components can be found in 3D Warehouse and are now available for you to download and configure right in SketchUp with SketchUp’s latest version. For detailed steps on finding Live Components in 3D Warehouse from inside the SketchUp application, click here.


Once you’ve selected a Live Component, you can insert it directly into your model where you can control the component’s parameters in the ‘Configure Live Component’ dialog. As you adjust parameters, the Live Component will redraw itself to fit your needs. Check out our Skill Builder showing you all the steps you need to bring Live Components into your workflow. 


Let SketchUp’s new Live Components do some heavy lifting for you: customize dimensions and sizes for repeated object use; quickly add rich context and make adjustments in real-time to produce more detailed designs in less time; or rapidly iterate large sets of components all at once as project requirements change. 


Behind the scenes, Live Components are driven by a new computational design platform called Materia. Going forward, Materia and Live Components will unlock whole new ways of working in SketchUp and across Trimble products. This launch is only the beginning for Live Components. We are still actively working on improving their performance and usability, as well as developing more objects for you to use in modeling.

A new way to launch work-in-progress features with the latest SketchUp version

SketchUp is launching Live Components early as part of a new program called SketchUp Labs, so that  your feedback can be incorporated into the product development process. We encourage you to join us in the forums for discussions on the future direction of Live Components, or provide feedback if you encounter issues.

Here’s to a solid start for 2021 with new SketchUp updates

Download the latest version to see everything that’s new in your favorite apps.

Designing the Dream Holiday Home

This year may not be remembered as the most opportune one for far flung holiday destinations. Perhaps that was why we were inundated with hundreds of incredible entries asking you to design your dream holiday home in SketchUp. It was a real struggle selecting a winner but we’re happy to announce the winner, Aulia Syamsir, and runner-up, Adam Radwanski.

Take a holiday below. No passport or plane required.

Aulia Syamsir – Winner

Hi, I’m Aulia. I’m a MSc student at the University of Bath and currently undertaking an industrial placement in Galliard Homes, London. I’ve been using SketchUp in my entire architectural journey as it is an extremely helpful tool to effectively communicate my design ideas.

I’m always longing for the ocean as the result of being born and raised in an archipelagic country. My attachment to sea water carves my definition of leisure to be a restful vacation at the beach. Inspired by the Manta Resort in Tanzania, I created this floating cabin for people to have a retreat, far away from civilization. It is a hybrid of offshore suite and underwater resort. The idea is to have a submerged bedroom that allows you to gaze at marine life, and a deck where you can chill while sunbathing.

Instagram : auliasyaffitri
LinkedIn : Aulia Syaffitri Syamsir

Adam Radwanski – Runner Up

I am a student currently studying my second year Masters of Architecture at Arts University Bournemouth alongside freelance digital modelmaking and visualisation work. In my first year of study, a yew handled wood axe was produced for a project, in reflection of my time spent in Iceland, which has informed and developed a craft driven design process through my current work. This axe has now informed the dream holiday home, a retreat that could be hand crafted using only such a tool, reminiscent also of the Icelandic cabin that informed the conception of the axe in the original project.

Instagram: a.radwanski

A fresh, new update for SketchUp 2020

After introducing SketchUp 2020 in January and sharpening it in April, we’re pleased to announce an August update as well. These enhancements focus on a few long-standing user requests. Let’s take a closer look.

Linear inference toggles for the Line tool in SketchUp

SketchUp inferencing comes in all shapes and sizes. One of the most distinct is the linear inferencing that allows you to snap or lock to the red, green, and blue axes. Linear inferencing makes SketchUp work, but it can also get in the way. For instance, if you are working with very small spaces or tracing images, we’ve heard from you that it would be helpful for inferencing to get out of the way.

To address this, the Line tool now features a modifier key [(ALT) on Win and (CMD) on Mac] to toggle linear inferencing on and off, so you can draw edges without being snapped to an inference. You can turn off all inferences, or leave only parallel and perpendicular inferencing on. Of course, you can still jump to a specific inference – red, green, blue, or magenta – using the arrow keys.


Weld Edges in SketchUp

We added ‘Weld Edges’ to SketchUp’s native tools. This means you can join edges and arcs into a single polyline without installing an extension. If you haven’t used a weld extension, we recommend starting to weld edges for any face where you’d like a smooth push/pull extrusion. Select the edges you want to join, right-click and select Weld Edges.


Control line width, colour, and pattern by tag in LayOut

Over the years, we’ve learned a lot about how LayOut users stacked viewports to create incredible 2D drawings. The biggest lesson: it would be great if you didn’t have to stack performance-impacting viewports to get drawings to look the way you want.

We’re happy to share that you can now control the line style of SketchUp tags in LayOut. Before this update, rendering a plan view with different line weights meant hiding a bunch of geometry, creating different scenes, and stacking viewports. Now, you can adjust the edge width, colour, dash pattern, and dash scale in one viewport by assigning and styling tags.

Whether you need control of line styles for architectural drawings, production drawings, and details, or general illustration, we’d love to hear your impressions – or better yet, see your work. Share some examples of the drawings you create (or would like to make) in SketchUp and LayOut using the hashtag #LearnLayOut

Smoother operations in larger LayOut documents

Good LayOut documents are an arrangement of viewports, images, vector graphics, and labels. As pages get complex and documents get longer, operating on selections gets slower. To help speed up larger files, we’re excited to share changes to how the move, copy, and scale operations work. Now, LayOut previews these transformations instead of drawing them in real-time as you work with a selection. When you complete a move, copy, or scale operation, LayOut then redraws your action. This is a subtle change, but it brings a new feel and a lot more efficiency to LayOut.


Get access to SketchUp Pro and LayOut here and explore these updates today!

Competition: Design Your Dream Holiday Home

We may not be able to travel to far-off sunnier climes this year, but that won’t stop us dreaming about them – or designing them!

Following on from the amazing response we had for our Design the Dream Home Office competition, we’re back with another SketchUp show-down where you can flex those design skills to the max whilst also getting a mini mind vacation. Did you know: in psychology, ‘mental time travel’ (also called future (episodic foresight / episodic future thinking). Pretty cool!

Ready for some ‘chronosethsia’ design inspo?

A dreamy idyll – ‘#winterblues beach house’ by Ryan B.

You’ll need a yacht! – ‘Luxury Beach House’ by zaharmohamad

More a snow than sun holiday? – ‘Chalet’ by Hermes

Deluxe swimming pool – ‘Modern Beach House’ by Andres

What’s up for grabs?
The winner will receive £250 worth of Voucher Express vouchers, a 3D Connexion SpaceMouse Wireless, a whole load of cool SketchUp swag; plus, endless bragging rights!

What are the T’s & C’s?
Glad you asked! They are important!

  1. The competition is open to both professionals and students
  2. Only one entry per person
  3. You must be resident in the UK or Ireland (sorry!)
  4. Rendering software is allowed; but we need to see your original design in SketchUp, too.
  5. Send your entry to: with any social media handles you use
  6. Deadline for all entries is 6pm (UK time), Wednesday 16th September, 2020
  7. Entering permits permission for SketchUp UK social media channels to publish your content with credit
  8. Elmtec’s decision is final

Good luck!

Playing with Architecture and SketchUp – The Boano Prismontas way

Boano Prišmontas are a London-based architectural firm, founded by Tomaso Boano and Jonas Prišmontas. The studio adopts a creative and hands-on approach as a strategic tool to propose design solutions to the contemporary world. Each project draws inspiration from myriad aspects of art, architecture, and technology. The duo’s approach to design is via a combination of play, craft, questions, investigation and challenges to both themselves and the environment around us. We spoke to them to find out how SketchUp plays a key role in their visual storytelling talents.

Boano Prišmontas

Tell us about Boano Prišmontas and what you do

Boano Prišmontas is an architectural firm and creative consultancy that deals with architecture, design, manufacturing processes and new building techniques. We focus our architectural research on self-buildable modular systems and plug-in spaces.

How you came to a career in design/architecture?

We always loved the mix between creativity and rationality, which are both essential in the architect’s work. Before starting our own practice, we worked in large-scale architectural companies for many years. At some point, we felt trapped in an ordinary office life and wanted to gain back that motivation and passion for construction and experimentation that originally triggered our interest in this field. Architecture is a diversified and somehow undefined discipline that allows you to pursue and implement your research, as well as question the way we perceive ourselves and the world around us.

Boano Prišmontas
Berghersh House

How did you get started in SketchUp?

We belong to that generation of architects who, at the beginning of their formation years, embraced 3D modeling as a tool for studying spaces and representing architecture. Since the beginning, using SketchUp seemed an obvious and powerful choice, due to its instinctive simplicity and high-quality results, which enable us to clearly communicate conceptual ideas and spatial layouts.

Boano Prišmontas
Quiubox – Reference of Scale

Boano Prišmontas
Quiubox – A modular System

Boano Prišmontas
Quiubox – Single Unit

Boano Prišmontas
SketchUp-powered design concept comes to life during Milan Design Week (2007)

How does SketchUp impact your work?

One of the most challenging aspects of our work is merely about “communication” and passing of information with the design team, clients, contractors, and internet audiences. SketchUp facilitates all that with immediacy and quality. It allows architectural spaces to be designed quickly and with great precision. Every detail is just one zoom-click away. SketchUp helps the designer to focus on solving all geometric relations among elements that concur to define the look and the feel of spaces.

Boano Prišmontas
Arch 510 – Nigh

Boano Prišmontas
The Arches Project – Vision for London

Boano Prišmontas
SketchUp model for The Arches Project

Boano Prišmontas

Boano Prišmontas
The Arches Project coming together

Boano Prišmontas


What are your most used SketchUp extensions?

We don’t use many extensions as we find the basic 3D tools more than sufficient when developing our projects. However, we really appreciate V-Ray and Enscape; delivering the highest-quality images to our clients is always essential to convey the feel and the quality of the space.

Your work portfolio is so diverse – what are your favourite kinds of projects to work on?

We are lucky to be working on a wide range of projects that are all diverse and special to us. From residential schemes to bespoke furniture, from urban design strategies to art installations and structural systems, we believe our work has to be fun and interesting – otherwise what’s the point of it all? 🙂 Our latest work The Arches Project is probably the most interesting one to us as it is still developing and scaling up. We digitally fabricated modular plywood structures to make temporary use of abandoned pocket spaces such as railway arches, undercrofts and carparks. The project, developed with Meanwhile Space, supported by the Mayor of London and the Lambeth Council, recently ranked among the 5 finalists of the Building of the Year 2020 Award by Archdaily. We are most excited working on projects that we feel are useful in some way.

Boano Prišmontas
Minima Moralia – Vision for London – Bird’s Eye View

Boano Prišmontas
Minima Moralia – affordable workspace for creatives

You work on a range of initiatives in London. At the moment, with a saturation point for housing and living costs, do you think London can remain a hub for creative minds?

London is at the center of a radical political and social change. We always stress how granting access to creativity to anyone is truly important, and we criticize that often only privileged people are able to afford studio/workshop rents and art university fees. We believe in the power of creativity not as a mere artistic output, but as a methodology, as a way to discover and question things and processes. Our project Minima Moralia was the first attempt to launch a strategy about creating affordable spaces for creatives by making use of underused public spaces and private backyards. Since then, affordable spaces and modular systems became a constant subject in our work and design research. We often employ our creative thinking in finding ways to challenge the status quo, and we know that many other creatives in this city are doing the same, so we do believe there is hope for London!

You can see more of Boano Prišmontas’ work via:
Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channel.

Since the Covid-19 crisis hit, Elmtec and SketchUp UK are proud to sponsor Boano Prišmontas in a crowdfunding effort to make PPE for the NHS. If you or your company would like to further support them please visit this page. Thank you, and most of all – thank you to our NHS.

3d City Modelling with Accucities

Capturing a 3D city model is an inherently complex project. Who is the final user of the 3D city model? How is the model going to be used and updated? What is the most suitable source data, available technology to capture, display and exploit the data, what are the expected production times, costs and investment returns? There are hundreds of crucial decisions on variables like these that can greatly alter the scope, usability and cost of the project. Over the last 3 years AccuCities have worked with over 180 customers on 1,400 small and medium-size 3D context models for sites all over the United Kingdom. We spoke with Milo Spisz and Brais Brenlla Ramos to find out how SketchUp helps them with all of the above!




Tell us about your background and talk us through what AccuCities does

Milo: Howdy! I am Milo, the 3D Modelling Lead at AccuCities. I have been in this industry for the past 6 years, and spent the majority of my degree working with SketchUp. 

Brais: Hi I am Brais, the Lead UE4 Developer. Accucities specialises in highly accurate 3D modelling of cities primarily in the UK from the use of advanced remote sensing technology in order to obtain high detail imagery. Our models are used by clients in a wide variety of fields such as architecture, gaming and film industries. We focus on the built environment – cities, neighbourhoods, development sites and other key areas. The end results we can produce benefit from that same degree of accuracy and end up serving a multitude of purposes. These range from helping construction companies visualise the built environment, or letting consultancies run precise analyses of their area of study. Furthermore, we also put our products together in an interactive app to let our users play around with the model and explore multiple different tools – from data overlays to real-time tools, all with the goal of empowering our clients.  

What do you love most about your job and the industry you work in?

Milo: It would have to be the idea of scale, speed and accuracy that we can produce our models, how we put it together, how everything fits so well and looks the way it should be. It’s also great to see how we can help our clients by providing them with our data. I would also say we are one of those small gears in the process that helps to build and improve the cities we live in.

Brais: This job is a great opportunity to stay up to date with the latest trends in technology, so I’d say that’s one of the things I love the most. Staying fresh in this industry also means learning something new every day, as each new technology that appears on the horizon brings benefits and challenges that we must tackle. The industry itself is great because of that – the thrill of learning something new every day, and the fulfilment that comes after achieving goals that were just impossible a bit further back.

What are your favourite kinds of projects to work on?

Milo: The favourite projects I love the most are high detail models that we produce which we call Level 4 such as Here East model as well as working on the future proposed developments of buildings – with these you get a small glimpse of what is to come in the city.  Our Level 4 models share the same high accuracy as our standard Level 3 but they are much richer in detail on the facades, working on these details can be very therapeutic for me because it takes a keen eye to make sure all the details are in the right place, size and proportion. 

Brais: Those would need to be the ones that challenge me by just the right amount – neither too daunting nor overly simplistic. It’s easy for a tech company to either fall into routine work or face insurmountable tasks, and while that is something that inevitably happens every now and then, projects that strike just the right balance have an easy time to outshine the others.

Here East South view
Image A: Here East South view

Here East North East view
Image B: Here East North East view

Here East South East view
Image C: Here East South East view


How does SketchUp fit into your workflow?

Milo: We use SketchUp to deliver the final model to our clients. Many of our clients work with SketchUp already and we provide them with our data in SKP format which enables them to use the model to further aid on their design/environmental analysis.

Talk us through the Here East project!

Milo: Here East Level 4 was a fun model to work with! So, it all starts with the references of the building – part of my job is to source all the reference material such as plans and photos of the model so that we can ensure the accuracy is on point. We then use our Level 3 high detail model which helps us initially with positioning and the proportions of the details. Then the fun part starts which is all the detail – This obviously is time consuming but with experience it becomes easier and you can plan the entire model in such a way where you can save time without sacrificing quality.

Here East North view
Image D: Here East North view


As a company your focus is on cities – London, in particular. What are the future challenges involved for the built environment for a city like London? 

Brais: London is always under construction and evolving, there is always a new development happening, where a building is being demolished and that area is being used for a new building or landscape area for the city. So, the challenge would be to keep up with these changes and we at Accucities are always updating our data to make sure our clients can get the most up to date model of London.

In regards to working on cities, the client’s requests can be for scientific research and so we need to take into consideration what the end user is and what type of data the end user will need to gather from our 3D Models. This is ever so in demand due to the environmental concerns and sustainability with increased demand of space. More clients are needing 3d Models to gather science research to deploy better methods on construction or refurb on both existing and proposed buildings within the city.

London Tiles: 3D Model of London structured in 0.25 km2
Image E: London Tiles: 3D Model of London structured in 0.25 km2


Any must have SketchUp extensions that make your life easier?

Milo: Our native London model is always geo-referenced so it’s located within the National Grid which is a universal standard within the UK for us and our clients. However, this can sometimes be problematic because the model can live very far from the 0,0,0 coordinate and this can cause some issues within some software. To solve this, we use an extension within SketchUp that “zero’s” the axis back to the model and prevents any issues with the geometries that might otherwise happen.

To learn more about Accucities, visit their website.
To download a sample tile. Link:

Visualising a Virtual Museum with The Royal Armouries

The Royal Armouries are custodians of the United Kingdom’s national collection of arms and armour, comprising the national collection of arms and armour, national artillery collection, and national firearms collection. It is one of the largest collections of historic arms and armour in the world and is also the keeper of Tower of London history. There are three sites: Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, White Tower in the Tower of London, and Fort Nelson, Fareham near Portsmouth.

Horse armour (1480) Of Waldemar VI, Duke of Anhalt-Koethen
Place: Germany
Location:Leeds, War Gallery

Object Number: VI.379 A-E © Royal Armouries Museum

On 30 March 1996, the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds opened to the public. The new building, designed by architect Derek Walker, is the headquarters of the Royal Armouries complex of museums, and houses the majority of the museum’s collections. The project formed part of Strategy 2000, a scheme produced in 1990 to provide the national museum of arms and armour with a suitable infrastructure to preserve, display and interpret its collections.

Field armour (1550)
with decorated and gilt bands, possibly for Roger, 2nd Baron North
Place: England, Greenwich
Location: Leeds, War Gallery
Object Number: II.82 © Royal Armouries Museum

The Leeds museum is built not only to display the national collection, but to tell the story of the development of arms and armour through the objects, a wide range of audio-visual presentations, computer interactives and interpretations to bring the subject to life.

Ensuring that the collection is preserved for future generations is the responsibility of conservators. It is their job to prevent irreversible damage and deterioration through the use of interventive and preventive methods. Audits are conducted frequently as a method of monitoring the condition of objects and highlighting those that require treatment. It also provides the opportunity to identify common factors that might be contributing to an object’s deterioration.

With no prior experience or knowledge, Preventive Conservator Rebecca Hayton, used SketchUp Pro to create scale models of the stores and plot the exact position of objects requiring treatment for easier access (Fig 1). Rebecca learnt the basic functions by watching videos and consulting forums, allowing her to create an accurate representation of the store room from measurements and plans available. Rebecca even made a basic pommel to show that these objects were swords (Fig 2).

Fig 1: Scale model of store recreated in SketchUp
© Royal Armouries Museum

Fig 2: Image showing basic pommel created in SketchUp to illustrate a sword
© Royal Armouries Museum

Following the positive feedback received from colleagues, Rebecca went on to identify other ways in which SketchUp could be used throughout the museum.

Ideas such as plotting where pest and environmental monitoring equipment is located were suggested – as well as experimenting with exhibition design and layout. Another idea proposed was to use SketchUp to create an accurate representation of the gallery spaces, allowing virtual galleries complete with images of real objects to be visualised. This is currently a work in progress but it is hoped that the final result will allow a full virtual version of the museum to be created. This could then be used in the event of a salvage situation to highlight priority objects requiring removal or protection and the safest routes to/from them. For accuracy, photographs of ‘starred objects’ were converted to PNG files allowing them to be imported into a SketchUp model (Fig 3). A step up from this, if possible, would be to import a 3D scanned image of an object allowing for 360° accuracy making walking through the virtual gallery more realistic and allowing conservators to point out hazards and areas of concern to firefighters for example.

Figure 3: SketchUp model of the Cruciform display at Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds with photographic image of Gothic Armour in-situ
© Royal Armouries Museum

You can find out more about Royal Armouries by visiting their website or by following any of their awe-inspiring and fascinating social media channels!

  1. Facebook
  2. Instagram
  3. YouTube
  4. Twitter

To find out more about non-profit SketchUp licenses and how they could benefit you, drop us an email or give us a call: / 01844 263750.

Last chance to buy SketchUp Perpetual Licenses

Today, Trimble announced a big change to how customers will be able to purchase SketchUp products – see the official announcement here

As of November 4, 2020, SketchUp will no longer sell Classic Perpetual Licenses and Maintenance & Support renewal plans. SketchUp is transitioning to subscription-based products, which offer customers a range of options including a SketchUp Pro subscription – featuring one of the most affordable professional modellers on the market. 

SketchUp is shifting to a cloud delivery model for a few reasons. With a subscription, customers can always receive regular updates and improvements to SketchUp products, access from multiple devices at any time and enjoy simplified deployment and management as well as access to technical support. 

If you aren’t ready to stop using your Classic Perpetual License, don’t worry. You’ll be able to continue using the latest version you own. In addition, if you’d like to update your Classic Perpetual License, you can do that until November 4th, 2020

Please be advised: if you purchase an updated Classic Perpetual License or renew your Maintenance & Support license prior to November 4, 2020, you will no longer be able to upgrade and access additional features every year as you have in the past.

We know you probably have questions, here are answers to the top three most frequently asked and a handy guide for more detailed information.

Can I continue to use my existing perpetual licenses? Yes, you will be able to use the latest version you own for as long as you want.

Can I continue to use and renew my Maintenance and Support plan for my existing perpetual license? Yes, you can renew your Maintenance and Support plan until November 4, 2020. 

How will I be able to purchase SketchUp products after November 4 when perpetual licenses are no longer available? The SketchUp you know and love will be available via a subscription.

More questions? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help you understand these changes along with any other product questions you may have. Just remember, November 4, 2020, is the deadline for purchasing SketchUp perpetual licenses and maintenance and support renewals.

Designing the Dream Home Office in SketchUp

We were bowled over by the response to our competition asking you to design your personal dream home office in SketchUp. Working from home has definitely not tempered those creative and technical skills! Sadly, there could only be one winner so it’s a huge congratulations to Pedro Sousa, an architecture student at Anglia Ruskin University. SketchUp swag, a 3D Connexion SpaceMouse Wireless, £250 Voucher Express vouchers, plus unlimited bragging rights are winging their way to you soon, Pedro!

We wanted to showcase as much of your talent as possible so we’ve also selected some other fantastic entries we really enjoyed and have included the corresponding designer’s descriptions.

So, settle down in your own home office, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy a break in dream home office land!

Winning entry

Pedro Sousa

Facebook Page

Commendable Mentions

Emily Covey

I loved your competition idea and I have had ideas buzzing around since so please find my attached entry image rendered with Twilight and with no further processing.

My Kitchen Design Office is at the end of the garden in a south facing, stone building with sedum roof, roof lantern and full width oak sliding doors for an inside/outside living feel.

The continuous stone walls link the indoor and outdoor spaces together and although the style is contemporary, the natural materials of oak, stone and granite, gives a relaxing feel to it. Planting in the exterior walls provides a calming view as well as protection from the wind when I am sitting in the sunshine on my breaks. The flooring materials run throughout the two spaces with the inside having a bespoke brass inlay within the dark granite border.

The studio is lit with a wash of light from the three sided recessed lighting channel to compliment the natural light and it highlights the strong texture of the wall contrasted with the sleek and modern feel. I hope to inspire both fans of modern and traditional kitchen styles within this space.

The back wall has two large cupboards either side, one made with different kitchen doors to showcase the different styles available, the other displaying the colours and handles. Inside one of the cupboards is a hot tap and small sink and fridge for all the tea I drink but all my mess is hidden away here. The main focal point is my beautiful steam bent, spiral display case for my design books and brochures as well as downlit ornaments.

In the middle of my office is another bespoke, steam bent cantilever table with space for my computer as well lots of flat open space for presenting to my clients who will be queuing up to visit me in my sunny studio!

I’d love to see all the other entries by the end of the competition and see what people are dreaming about as we sit at our kitchen tables, watching pixels multiply as they render!



Thomas Jolley

My name is Thomas Jolley and I am an Industrial Designer from Malton, North Yorkshire who has a passion for Scandinavian furniture and minimalist design cues which has featured heavily in my entry.

I have created an office which is an external property at the end of the garden. Away from household distractions, this minimalist space is an office for creativity and tranquility. The construction of the office features an external spruce cladding, glass fronted windows front and back, zinc panelled roof, with spruce cladding, glass & solar panelling which provides an off grid electricity system for the office and can be used for the main household.

As you enter, you are greeted by a full length mirror and a peg board storage rack for coats, bags and shoes. As you walk along the corridor you walk past two pegboard doors, which then lead to the main work area. The office has two desks, one for computing/ music and one for 3d printing and model making. They are floating desks, connected by a central construction which undulates the overhead space. In between these desks is a floating cast iron wood burning fireplace, providing a snug environment during the colder months. The window behind has a seating area, which is the first chill out area for reading and listening to music. The office also has a water closet which consists of a toilet, sink and mirror as well a kitchen which consists of a fridge, single oven, plug in domino hob and kettle. The tall unit has storage for plates and a sink has a multi drawer for utensils and cleaning products. Above the work area is a netted space which can be accessed by a climbing wall. In this above space is the second chill out area for after work and quiet space acting as a cinema/ screening area. It has a screen with a projector & speakers. The interior itself consists mainly of spruce plywood, which is used for the walls, flooring, doors & furniture such as the desk, vanity unit and kitchen units. The frontals of the units and worktop have a formica lamination for water tightness and colour. Overall this space is affordable, cosy & environmentally friendly. It can be erected from a flat pack and transported to any location, primarily used as an office with potential to be used for temporary accommodation and off grid living.

Materials: Spruce Cladding, Spruce Plywood, Glass, Zinc Metal Roof Panelling, Zinc Front Door Surround
Design: Barn style architecture with wooden cladding.



Chloe Webb

My name is Chloe Webb, I’m an Interior Design Student at the University of Derby.

It is a ‘Modern meets Rustic’ design, with the office area being a modern and sleek set up and the snug area being a more cozy, colourful design. The office area consists of a bespoke drawing table stretching the full length of the back wall with storage underneath and a desk set up including a laptop, two screens and speakers. There’s some of my own design presentations framed on the wall as well. The desk is part of a two tier unit that doubles as a bar counter on the other side, with four bar stools next to the wall mounted gin bar. There’s also a cozy armchair and log burner. The full height windows double as a door to the balcony with a swing to enjoy the summer sunshine.

As an aspiring interior designer, something I feel very strongly about is a comfortable work environment, and having the facilities to move around and sit in different areas throughout the working day to break up the day and experience different comforts, to not feel stuck in one place all day long.


Sam Marner

Twitter: @@Marnerbanana
Facebook: Marner Design / @@MarnerMade


Gintare Sidaraviciute

My Dream Home Office is a 3 floor home office. The ground floor contains an office space, the first floor has a library and the second floor has a meeting room.

The office contains a space to work in with a beautifully curved desk and a comfortable chair to work in. The desk is placed by the window to have the most natural light. On the left-hand side you can see a selection of my 3D work and a place to relax which is separated by the decorative panels. On the right-hand side there is a large shelf unit which contains interior samples, project information and different accessories.

The library contains a large shelving unit on each side of the area. In the middle it has comfortable seating to relax and read the book with a floor lamp which also contains a few shelves for beverages. The library is complemented by the large chandelier and two large pieces of art.

Meeting room contains a large table with beautiful chairs and a TV wall for presentations and zoom calls. On the left-hand side it has a relaxing area with a fireplace and three armchairs. The meeting room is a round shape structure with panoramic views.

The structure itself is supported by metal beams and has a gorgeous floating staircase. I imagine this structure is placed near the lake in a gorgeous woodland area and the meeting room would be just above three height to be able to enjoy breaking panoramic views. And the ground floor office would have a direct path to the bridge where you can come and place your feet in the water. Since it is a separate structure it would have direct access to the house and all its amenities.



Aaron Davies

Hi there, my name is Aaron and I’m a third year BA student studying Artist Designer Maker at CSAD (Cardiff School of Art and Design). I have been using Sketchup since I can remember and use it to visualise all my projects before making. This is my design for my ideal office, with two desktop computers, two graphics tablets, plenty of shelving for the display of items and a comfortable seating area with a hanging daybed. This is designed by my partner and I who is also a third year student at CSAD studying Illustration.



Timothy MacKenzie

My name is Timothy MacKenzie and I am an Architecture graduate from the University of Reading in the UK.

I have opted for the conversion of a shipping container to a garden office that doubles as a home cinema using a fold-out desk.



Louis Quarendon


User-friendly updates to SketchUp Pro 2020

Based heavily on user feedback, SketchUp polished up a few features that will keep your workflow humming along smoothly!

Freshening up SketchUp Pro

Scenes Panel. Now that you’ve had some time to enjoy better toggling visibility with hidden geometry and objects, this feature just got even better. Hidden geometry and hidden objects are now split up so you can select and save them separately on a Scene-by-Scene basis. You will see a new checkbox in the Scenes panel that lets you save the visibility state of hidden objects, not just hidden geometry. This gives you better visibility control per Scene.

Section Planes & Scenes. In the new version of SketchUp, you can save Section Plane visibility in every Scene. Since Section Planes are grouped with objects, we want to make sure they behave like objects. What’s the value here? Before this change, only top-level visibility could be saved per Scene. Again, more control in your Scenes – and consistency across functionality.

Hidden objects are now editable. Editing invisible things might sound like a superpower, but it’s really just a great new feature in SketchUp Pro. When you select a hidden object in Outliner, it will now appear as a mesh. This means that you can make more precise edits to hidden objects with ease. Check out this Quick Win to see how it’s done.

Side note: Did you notice how much faster it is to work in SketchUp when Outliner is open? SketchUp 2020.1 includes a few performance improvements to speed up your workflow that we think you’ll like.

Improvements to Grips. You can now cycle through ALL Grips of an object when using the Rotate tool – just like the Move tool! This provides a more instinctive modeling experience while switching in between the tools.

Check out this Quick Win from our 2020 release to help you understand Grips.

Empty object. Picture this: you are working up a new table design and quickly model a lamp to make it look more realistic – but oops! – you did it too fast and forgot to group your lamp and table separately. Now, everything is glued together, creating editing reworks and wasted time.

The solution? Now, you can create a grouped object or component by right-clicking on an empty space. No more triple-clicking to select and then group, or drawing it elsewhere just to place it where you want it. Pro tip: you can also use the ‘G‘ shortcut to create a new component and speed up your workflow. (Shortcut win!)

One last added bonus! When you create a new component from scratch, a window will immediately pop up allowing you to name it. Say hello to better model organization.

Check out this Skill Builder to see how to use this feature in your workflow.

Performance improvements in LayOut

This release focused on improving LayOut’s deletion and selection capabilities. Read as: they’re much faster now!

Improved Select Tool
Make intentional – not accidental – moves with your crossing and window-selection workflows. Now, when you click-drag to create a crossing or window selection, you won’t mistakenly move anything. If you’ve encountered this, you know what we’re talking about… and you’re welcome!

If you’re wondering, “how do I move an object now?" – just pre-select an entity and move from there. Also, selections and moves now occur when clicking on the actual object, rather than the object’s bounding box, strengthening that intentional workflow.

Download the new version, play with the latest improvements and let us know what you think. As always, we will be there listening, responding, and getting great ideas for new updates. See you on the Axis!

All of the 2020.1 features are available to Classic license users with active Maintenance & Support, and active SketchUp Pro and SketchUp Studio subscription users. Upgrade today to start using the new features!

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