Apart from the usual sketch design modeling and texturing, planning + client presentations, scaled 2D documentation sets, I use SU plugins for quantifying sunlight and for daylight simulations.
As a Passive House designer, I also use the Plugin DesignPH that feeds the Passive House software PHPP (a big excel spreadsheet).
Vray rendering is next on my list to master!
I have been TRYING to make SU +LO work out as the Allrounder tool for my residential architectural work throughout all phases for the last year.
Swapping software (i.e SU for massing and then rebuilding it elsewhere) half way through the project life seems inefficient to me. The Trimble package seemed to be capable of being the start to end tool, at first sight at least.
In summary, it has been a struggle and a long road to get efficiently documentation drawings done.
Whilst it is refreshing that SU allows you to work the way you want - i.e it does not have modeling constraints that some more specialized architectural software imposes - it takes some decent effort to develop a workflow. I totally underestimated how long it takes to build yourself an ‘office standard’ , the ‘structure of doing things’.
Learning from gurus in this forum was helpful but also confusing. Everybody seems to work differently and has different workflows for different desired outcomes. Only now I understand that the flexibility of SU is an amazing thing, but initially it has irritated me so much.
After 16 years of technical Revit-ting experience in a fast pace commercial archi office, I am very very very reluctantly putting up with silly and slow daily SU workarounds (managing structural grid for example), reliance on plugins, the dual nature of SU+LO (reloading too see the latest changes come through) immature Layout (rediculous to have to split larger projects into several files in order to manage performance of the program), lacking automation (level markers, numbering of details on sheets, etc). I cannot say that dimensioning is a joy (having to reconnect to model so often, erratic LO inferencing).
Well, it’s still a love/hate relationship with SU/LO. I am seriously considering to use Revit again.
Nevertheless, I am attracted to SU’s immersive space and effortless 3D modeling. As a designer, these features are important to me. Fast 3- dimensional expression is still my number 1 love for SU.