Making It Pretty
The final step in creating your house is to beautify it. You need to paint the walls and the roof, and embellish the surroundings. You also need to show off your house to others. How do you do this with SketchUp?
Fortunately, SketchUp makes it simple to beauty your house. With the Components window, you have access to various design elements, including furniture, paint colors, and wall textures. You can create a photo realistic look easily with the large default library that comes with your free version of SketchUp, but if that's not enough, you can get more component packages from SketchUp's home page.
To get more components, select Get More from the Components window. You'll be taken to a web page which allows you to download extra components for free. Installation is automatic, and there's no need to restart SketchUp.Close and reopen the Components window, and your newly downloaded package is now available for use. Alternatively, you can search SketchUp's 3D Warehouse or LandscapeForms.com for a wide variety of user-created components.
To paint your walls click the Paint Bucket tool ("B"). The Paint Bucket tool automatically opens the Components window. Select the desired color or texture and click the surface you want painted. You can alter the hue by clicking the Edit tab in the Components window.
Add landscaping from the same components window. Return to the Select tool ("Space Bar"), and drag trees and shrubs into the scene. An optimal way to insert landscaping is to change your camera view to top. This creates an aerial perspective, and allows optimal control of the landscaping.