I’m new to SketchUp but have worked with other 3D packages in the past for home projects.
It’s been very frustrating for me in the past when I’ve found a package kind of works but then the file format changes or the product discontinues. A few years ago I was using TurboFloorPlan. It seems IMSI acquired another product and now the format / software is completely different with no upgrade path. They’ve lost me as a customer.
I’m now wanting to build a 3D plan of my current home. I have architectural house plans which can be used as a base. I then want to create a new version with my planned extensions which will include pool / landscaping.
I’d like to set upon a file format that is going to stick around and it seems SketchUp is here to stay. I’d also like a program that I can tweak the design that doesn’t cost a fortune (SketchUp Make sounds good!)
I also like the idea of SketchUp having a viewer so that I can share with a pool company/ landscaper to assist in them providing a quote or refer to during build. TurboFloorPlan used to have a camera view for moving around the model that worked okay. I imagine the view mode in SketchUp works much the same.
So I’m keen here any for views on whether SketchUp Make is the way to go. Alternatively, can a SketchUp Pro file be opened in SketchUp Make? I don’t really want to be locked into an annual subscription as my “projects” tend to span some years. Although I guess I would at least still be able to access the viewer without paying an annual pro license?
I don’t really want to spend weeks learning a new product. So I think my best course is to pay someone to convert my existing house architectural drawings to a 3D model in sketchup pro or make.
I’d then like to be able to collaborate with someone by sending scanned hand sketches of the changes I am looking to make.
Does anyone have comments or suggestion on whether my approach / software selection is sound? Should I go Pro or Make?
Also, is there is good way to engage someone for this collaborative work. Are the “freelance” websites like Upwork etc the way to go?
I don’t think I need an architect as what I am proposing is quite simple and I’ve got a clear view of what I want. I’d be happy to work with a keen student who’s got a good grasp of SketchUp. Also, interested as where I might determine the going market rate for a competent 3D modeller working remotely.