• Outdoor Living Dreams Brought to Life

    March 26th, 2018 | by
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    Turning ideas, or, indeed, dreams, into reality is something SketchUp excels at.

    For an Australian company, turning their clients’ dream outdoor kitchens into a reality is their business – and SketchUp plays a big part in it.

    Outdoor Alfresco Kitchens, a WA business that’s recently launched in Victoria, designs, manufactures and installs outdoor kitchens that take the humble backyard barbecue area to a whole new level, making its own products under the Infresco name.

    What sets it apart from other businesses is that it specialises in areas that are partially indoor or enclosed, manufacturing and installing barbecues, ovens and the like that are government-approved for use in those kinds of areas.

    Ricardo Solomons, who is the firm’s agent in Victoria and who literally worked his way up from his apprenticeship, said SketchUp was proving an invaluable tool for Outdoor Alfresco Kitchens.

    “Clients come to us with photos of the area they want to transform, or simple sketches on paper or even just ideas in their heads,” he said. “We use SketchUp to design the kitchen to their needs, to their specific wish list. We use it to form the basis of our quotes as well. Our customers love it – they can clearly see what the finished kitchen will look like and how it will function.”

    “Once the client is happy with every aspect of the project, we pass on the finalised SketchUp plans to the production team who literally create the kitchen’s components from the files. It means there’s just no margins for errors. We get them right the first time.”

    “Everyone has their own mind’s eye and with SketchUp we can translate that vision, we can communicate ideas effectively. We’ve found SketchUp makes the plans ‘real’ for a lot of our clients.”

    “SketchUp has made everyone’s life simpler. We start off every project right and it stays that way all the way through to the finished kitchen.”

    Ricardo said SketchUp’s potential continued to impress him and that he felt he and the team were continuing to learn more and discover more uses for it within their business.

    Visit their website here, and check out their Facebook page: here.

  • Create Constructible Designs with PlusSpec

    March 26th, 2018 | by
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    What if we told you you can bring together the power of CAD, Estimation, 3D Modelling, 2D planning, Building Information Modelling (BIM)and Virtual Design Construction into one easy-to-use package?

    PlusSpec is adesign, planning, estimation and construction tool used mainly for residential projects. We’ve partnered with RubySketch to offer PlusSpec as a game-changing addition to your SketchUp Pro.

    Using ready-made building materials from real manufacturers to create your design means you will model in less than half the time than with SketchUp alone. These materials include all the data you need to value your project in real-time as you make updates to your model.

    Here are a few more of the advantages of making PlusSpec part of your tool kit:

    • Total customisation:

      One of the most powerful features of PlusSpec is the ability to customise. You can easily create every material or product you need for your designs – that’s if they’re not already in the extensive library! You can create your own unique materials library that will be available for use at any time, for any project.

    • It will be a BIM model:

      Every aspect of your model will be ‘smart’ and will include all the data you need to bring your design to life such as: quantities, pricing, product names and codes, specifications, warranties, general notes, and more.

    • Everything you draw is parametric:

      Never redraw anything again. Simply change materials, heights, diameters, thickness, floor plans – all with a click of a button.

    • Create automatic estimates:

      Generate accurate takeoffs for your materials, quantities, labour hours, costs and more for amazingly quick quotes for your customers. Need to make a change? Your reports will update with your design.

  • Level Up with SketchUp Pro 2018

    March 20th, 2018 | by
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    While the new year began on January 1 for most of the world, it’s been 2018 in the SketchUp universe for a few months already.

    We welcomed the launch of Version 2018 in November and, in the spirit of all things ‘new’, we introduced our new website sketchupaustralia.com.au.

    Curious about what SketchUp can do for you? Or maybe you’re using an outdated version? Now’s the time to find out what you’re missing out on with a 30-day free trial. Contact us to find out how SketchUp can help you and how to add it to your toolkit.

    We’re always keen to see what SketchUppers in Australia and New Zealand are working on. Tag #sketchupaus or contact us to be featured.

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