How to Design a Sloped Wall in Sketchup

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For this Q&A we’re going to be showing you how to create a sloped wall in Sketchup. This question comes from “chaznsc” who asks:

“Newish user here. I use AutoDesk Civil3d daily and have toyed with SU but this a first doing something official. Building a 3d version of a planned amphitheater. I have been tracing the flat “plan” from autocad and created these three-dimensional shapes. I’d like to trim down this side wall as shown. What’s a best method for doing this?”

We’ve imported a similar amphitheater model from the 3D Warehouse so we can show you how to create a sloped wall in Sketchup. Let’s get started!

Make Component. The first thing you want to do is make the wall into a component. Right-click on the object and select “make component.” Type “wall” into the definition box and hit “create.”

create component for sloped wall in Sketchup

Copy. Make a copy of the wall and move it to the other side of the amphitheater.

move sloped wall in Sketchup

Rotate. Hit “Q” to activate the rotate tool. Press the arrow keys while using the rotate tool to lock to the red, green, or blue axes.

Two Ways to Make a Sloped Wall in Sketchup

1. Go by the Height

Draw a Line. Use the line tool to draw a line about 2/3 of the way down the front end of the wall.

draw line on sloped wall in Sketchup

Move Edge. Hit the spacebar to end your current operation and select the line that creates the top edge of the wall. Hit “M” to enable the move tool. Move the edge down to the endpoint of the line you just drew.

move edge of sloped wall in Sketchup

2. Create a Parallel Slope

You can also use a similar method to create a more accurate slope that is parallel with the steps.

Draw a Line. Use the line tool to draw a line from the front corner of the top step to the front corner of the bottom step.

Move Line. Hit “M” and move the line to the top corner of the wall.

move line of sloped wall in Sketcuhp

Trace Line. Hit “L” to open the line tool. Trace over the line you just drew and hold “shift” to lock to the slope of the line. Extend the line beyond the steps.

extend line beyond sloped wall in Sketchup

Erase. Hit “E” to open the eraser tool and erase where the line extends beyond the wall.

Push/Pull. Hit “P” to open the push/pull tool and push the top section of the wall all the way through to the other side.

push/pull sloped wall in Sketchup

Erase. Use the eraser tool to erase any extra lines.

Now you have a low, sloped wall that matches the slope of the amphitheater. You won’t have to worry about repeating these steps for the other side because we started by making it a component! This means both walls are linked and will update together!

final sloped wall in Sketchup

We showed you a pretty simple method, but there are probably other ways you can achieve the same effect. How would you create a sloped wall in Sketchup? Let us know in the comments! We would love to hear what your approach would be! If you’re looking for more easy tutorials, check out our full list here.

Happy Hacking!

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  9. RJennings April 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

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  10. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

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  17. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

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  18. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  19. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  20. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  22. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  23. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  24. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  25. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Paige,

    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.

    Best,
    Tony

  26. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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