How to Make Hip Roofs in SketchUp


Google's free design program, SketchUp, is useful for creating 3D models of, among other things, houses and other buildings. While adding a roof may be the last thing you think about when drawing out a floor plan, you'll need to add one to the finished product.

The simplest roof to design, besides a completely flat roof, is a hip roof. Hip roofs slant downward in all directions, without any gables. They're also known as "pyramid roofs."

Drawing a hip roof in Google SketchUp is a good step for the aspiring SketchUp designer to learn, and the general principles employed can be useful for other projects.

Things You'll Need

  • Google SketchUp
  • Open a new or existing SketchUp file.

  • Rotate your view until you can see the roof of the building you are working on. If you are not working on a pre-existing project, draw a rectangle using the Rectangle tool and then pull it up into a three-dimensional box using the Push/Pull tool. This box will be your building.

  • Select the Line tool from the toolbar. Draw lines connecting the opposite corners of the roof, so that the two lines form an X.

  • Select the Move/Copy tool from the toolbar. Grab the middle of the X and pull it upward, along the blue axis. This will create a hip roof for your building.

  • Use the Move/Copy tool to adjust the height of the roof to your liking.

Tips & Warnings

  • To add different textures to your roof, click the "Paintbucket" button on the toolbar and open the "Roofing" folder.

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