House Floor plan in 2D, just "pulled" it 3D... Should I make the 3D walls a layer? How?

So just wondering if this is a practice, I am getting better and better at sketchup and have learned via videos. I have reciently learned that in my project I was using “layers” all wrong. So I have everying in layer 0. I just finished the 2D floor plan of all the rooms, interior and exterior wall. I now need to raise the walls to 8’ with the “push/pull” tool before putting on the ceiling, 2nd floor, ceiling, attic, roof.

I plan to make the roof, and ceilings a layer, but should I make the raised 3d 8’ walls a layer or just keep thim in layer0?

What do you all do? And if you do make the 3D walls a layer, how do you do that eaisly, its a lot of selecting and clicking.

Thanks, any help would be appreciated

Controlling Visibility with Layers | SketchUp Knowledge Base

Thanks Box, this links to something called “Tags”, I hae 2017 Make, is Tags a new thing or is Tags the new name for layers?

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You should get in the habit of making groups and components. That’s more important than putting things on layers or tags as they are called these days. FYI only groups and components are to be given a tag, not raw geometry!! Raw geometry (edges and faces) are to remain untagged at all times!
Groups and components prevent your model to be sticky and selecting is also a lot easier.
Go to to learn the basics before diving into the deep…


Another information source is the YouTube channel SketchUp - YouTube channel. On the YouTube channel, pay attention to the Square One Series and Level UP. They cover the basics for each tool.

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So, let me ask it this way…

I just raised those 2D walls, (will not let me put in two pictures in the forum. thats ok…)

When I raise the walls like this, do I make those walls a new layer or just keep them in layer 0?

I will need to put a ceiling, 2nd floor, and roof. I assume those should be layered because I have drawn this multiple times and the only way to see in, is to “turn off roof” "turn off ceiling.

Note what you see here is an existing house on the left, and a remodle and add on to the existing house on the right.

Layer 0 should ALWAYS be active. Never change that. Once you finish drawing anything, place it in a group, then select the new group and use Entiry Info to change the Layer/Tag.


So should i put those 3d walls in a group?

I do not want to sound rude… but the teacher in me want to challenge you to read my last post to see if you can find the answer :wink:


Yes. As I said, anytime you finish drawing anything… it should go into a group.

You are so ok to say that, LOL not rude at all. I am a total novis at this. Just enough skill to be dangerous.

You are at the point where you are going to grow the most, then!

And as anybody who knows me can attest, my interest IS in seeing you learn and grow!


Thank you… so to your point… “Anytime you finish drawing anything you should make it a group.” To help me undrstand that, let me know if my thinking is correct.

Examples of things that should be put into groups in the picture below would be…

  1. All the walls togehter as one group
  2. The elements of the kitchen (counters, appliances, island, etc)
  3. The elements of the laundry room (thats to the right of the stairs) (Counters, appliances)
  4. The Stairs.
  5. The Pool (which is just there for reference)

Yes. Grouping is up to you. You’re making sense of it now. Groups eventually or at any time can be tagged… Tagging provides a means to turn those groups off and on.
For me groups and tags generally have the same name, or like names to keep things straight.

Thank you cakrupp and TheOnlyAaron

Any collection of edges and faces that will be regarded as a single thing and manipulated together should be made a group or component because that is how SketchUp keeps the faces and edges from interacting with ones from other contexts. Tags/layers let you switch visibility on and off, but do nothing to prevent interaction.

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Thank you, that is a very good definition


The stair are grouped, the 2nd floor is grouped on the right, Layers are assigned to the ceiling, stairs and 2nd floor…

Really starting to get this…

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Also keep an eye out for backwards faces. All the bleuish gray faces are supposed to be on the inside of your walls and floors. Right click on a white face and choose orient faces. That should take care of it most of the times. If it doesn’t you can right click on a blueish gray face and choose reverse faces…
If you made groups you would have to open them for editing by double clicking on them first!

Ok, for the most part what I have is a 7" exterior wall and a 4.5" interior wall…

East side is all white, west side is mostly blue.

Trying to understand white vs blue… IF i start a new project and build a wall, its all white and if I zoom into it its blue on the inside. So I guess what you are saying is that you see a whole lot of blue in my project that should all be white, blue should be facing itself within the walls, is that correct?..