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  2. You can add a curb and shape it to match but I don't see an option to add markings even to roads.
  3. @Garybills Got it, then you loose road features like markings etc.
  4. Yesterday
  5. I was talking about using the Terrain Feature, you can draw a rectangular Terrain Feature, then using the break tool to shape it anyway you want. You can set the material as blacktop, and you have your road.
  6. @Garybills @DavidJPotter I'm back to my project for the weekend and this appears to be a feature that does NOT work in Home Designer Pro. There is an add break item on the right click menu. I right click on one of the side handles of the road, it deselects the road and then I click on the side handle again and nothing happens. If I use different techniques such as click and drag on the handle nothing happens. I have gotten it to work on driveway but not roads. I also have one road that crashes when I right click on side handle of a road. I tried with a fresh drawing and I get the same behavior. I'm not liking how this company broke out there tools and disabled them for HDPro. I may be doing something wrong but I'm at a loss to what.
  7. Last week
  8. Another way could be to keep the plan open when you are done deleting the layers you don't want to see. When you are done with the view as you want it, hit the "undo" button, which will reverse the changes you made. Once a plan is saved, then "undo" won't work. It will depend on what you are creating the view for as to whether this will be a simpler solution for you or not.
  9. You are looking for Layer Set functionality that is present in Chief but has been excluded from the Home Designer versions. Unfortunately, I don't know a way how you can now reset to default. That said, there is a partial workaround in HDPro to avoiding this problem next time. The developers have ported over (limited) Layout functionality, and that means they've had to partially implement Layer Sets in the background. Here's the work around. 1. Create a new (utility) layout, empty is fine. 2. Before you start tinkering with which layers are displayed in views in your HDPro plan, i.e. with your normal layers selected for display, Send to Layout and stick it anywhere in the layout 3. Now reopen that view *from within the layout* 4. Tinker with whatever layers you want displayed; HD Pro is now working with a special layer set associated only with that layout view. When you use Tools / Display options..., at the top it will no longer say "Properties for working layer set" but something else; that shows you're working with a special layer set. 5. When you're done (even temporarily), don't change layers displayed back. Just close the view you opened from within the layout, and (if necessary) reopen the Plan, without the layout. You'll be back to using the untouched "working layer set". By the way, you can have multiple layer sets each "attached" to its own view in the (utility) layout you're using. However, it's kloogey compared to true layer set management in Chief itself, and I find I generally screw it up by user error if I try doing too much at once.
  10. Hi. I'm using Home Designer Pro 2024. I was wondering if there was an easy way to reset the Display Options for a given view back to defaults. I recently did the method to display a framing elevation from the "Creating an Elevation View of Wall Framing in Home Designer Pro" tutorial which has the user delete all but two layers, but I didn't bother to make note of which layers were checked for display before doing that. When I wanted to revert back, I had to open a new plan, create an elevation view, open the Display Options, then make note of all of the checked layers. Then I went back to my working plan and manually re-checked all of those. That could get pretty tedious if one would have to do that every time they wanted to drastically modify the Display Options for some one-off use like that. If there's any easier way to reset those options to their defaults, please let me know. I looked the Reset Options in Preferences and didn't see anything obvious there (and certainly don't want to reset a bunch of other stuff just to default the Display Options for a given layer).
  11. Well that worked, I guess it did not like my approach to is. More work this way but it is clean. Im sure there are steps that would save me time but I am so happy with the time it saves even when I do it wrong. Thanks for the tips and guidance John
  12. You probably did not need to uncheck all, rather only the ones preventing your rooms from having room definition.
  13. I unchecked all the NO Room Def. Also all attic walls since some were Checked all wall connections and in the process of aligning wall it made a complete mess and deleted 1/2 of an adjoining roof, extended the height to walls on each side of the addition up into the heavens and messed up a lot of other stuff so instead of backing up I didn't save, closed plan and will start again. This will be the 4th time, Hopefully it will all work. This time I will delete the roof and all the attic walls and start with a clean slate
  14. Most likely one of the walls has No Room Definition checked.
  15. I have a new completed house design with a 2nd floor over one section. I want to add to that 2nd floor to an adjoining area with a present (lower) roof line at 90 deg. I raised the roof up to the new wall height and in 2nd fl view added the new walls but it will not recognize the 2nd floor in this area. The options in the Build New Floor do not represent what I need. How do I fix this? In camera view I can see the wall but no floor. Added stairs and stairwell function will not work-no 2nd floor comment. I'm sure it is something really simple that eludes me
  16. As a moderator can you direct me to instructions on how to use this forum? I have a question but I am clueless how to post it in this forum. Hopefully you will not be upset asking it now:

    I have a new completed house design with a 2nd floor over one section. I want to add to that 2nd floor to an adjoining area with a present (lower) roof line at 90 deg. I raised the roof up and in 2nd fl view added the new walls but it will not recognize the 2nd floor in this area. The options in the Build New Floor do not represent what I need. How do I fix this?

    1. solver



      Top of page, click Create

    2. Ocean525


      Thanks, I thought I clicked that and went elsewhere....strange I must be dreaming!

  17. y-g-m-n

    Fences and Gates

    I have looked in library I am using CAMPAGNE panels: But I increased height to 48" to match what I have Closest to a Gothic Picket we used: Where is matching gate in the main gate library? I looked in bonus library and lots of NON Matching Gates - Heck no matching panels for these gates either. The PICKET gate is probably best choice but looks like crap since boards are different and picket spacing is different. Notice how wide the pickets are on the gate versus fence - just looks bad. I have tried to make it look better with other gates and cheats and well, what you see is where I am at. Issue is gate is wide and those in the library do not take kindly to being made skinny or wide as program just stretches and squeezes the gate to suit width listed. Wrong pickets and spacing when I have it drawn to width they have for it. Wish program was smart enough to figure out how many pickets were required based on picket width and desired gap between boards. So the library gates only look good when you use them at their drawn width - which you do not know and may not suit the plan. Just seems the landscape design portion of Home Designer was an after thought even though they market it for landscape design. Decks are similarly clumsy to design unless very basic, Would be cool if you could make a Door/gate that used the wall/fence material if you did not select anything. I think hidden doors (think Oval office) that are mase to look like walls would be interesting and then would work for gates on fences too. only thing I notice is picket spacing as program just squeezes or stretches pickets to suit width of panel between posts so never looks right unless you guess what they drew it for. Again a way to make my own fence with individual boards would be great especially for estimating since it would give me a good picket count. So now I am having to use other 3d software, autocad/Solidworks/Sketchup etc to design my stuff and then import as library items I need - Real PIA.
  18. Probably need to place partitions manually if you want them behind a door, but check the bonus catalogs for an already built insert. Otherwise.
  19. Is there a way to create an upper cabinet with vertical "shelves" or separations for cutting board/baking sheet storage? If I want it to look like the image I've posted where there are no cabinet doors, I suppose I could create an "opening" in my floor-to-ceiling cabinet above the oven and then manually create shelves and place them. But, is there a more efficient, "correct" way to do this? I'd also like the option of having the storage rack behind cabinet doors. I don't see where I could make that happen in Home Designer Pro 2022. Thanks for any help!
  20. Happy it worked for you, and thanks for reporting back here. As digital GIS data proliferates, questions on how to import it come up here more frequently. All workflows that worked will be helpful to someone. Personally, I'd have used QGIS to export the elevation data as contours, or a grid of points, in DXF format rather than GPS format. But if it works, it works, especially when on a deadline!
  21. They are to be found in the Library Browser - Architeectural - Fences and Railings - Gates, have a look please. DJP
  22. Rookie65

    Fences and Gates

    Did you check the bonus catalogs?
  23. y-g-m-n

    Fences and Gates

    Why is it there are some standard Fence panels but no matching gates? Where is the proverbial American WHITE PICKET FENCE and matching gate Opie can walk thru? they have only one with some funky top detail; but it is a panel so it is what it is an you cannot TWEAK it. Also the included rails are some funky size lumber and cannot be adjusted or moved. For landscape design a powerful fence tool would be handy to calc a lumber buy list if the dayum thing was accurate and let me design the fence I want to build. Maybe 6ft privacy with overlap fence boards or spaced with 1/4" gap or 3.5" gaps. Maybe I want 3 rails, bottom 12 inch from terrain, top is 5ft above highest ground point & middle rail 36" Or maybe I want rail on front or back or between posts. Maybe top rail is a 2x4 on side and with another on top on flat for Tee section or ELL section with 1x4 on back. Create a new setup screen Manu box thingy for fences. Base it off of wall menu thingy but include where we can define a custom fence in lieu of using library "PANELS" Let me have some choices for Balusters but call it PICKETS. then have library of them. Rails are like you allow now but make it easier to manipulate them and include the middle rail - Which I still have not figured out how. Define offsets better by adding the FROM box with vert options like others, from terrain or floor or Absolute etc. Horizontal offset should be from Post exterior surface maybe. with option for centered. Post spacing you have but add picket spacing by defining the gap between and gap to terrain and elevation of top or board length so one has choice for crazy ground with many undulations. Just a little tweaking and landscape designing became way easier and better. I mean it would be nice to be able to draw proper fence and then dimension details for fence contractor so they know what to build. Next up would be hardscape, pavers and block/stone/boulder fences. I see where Site says use it for landscape design but really, not a lot of tools for landscape design more just to make a pretty rendering. OK Rant off.
  24. If you attach your plan file -- close the program first, 14MB size limit, some may be able to offer a better suggestion.
  25. I flipped the this and experienced the same problem, so that was not the root cause of the problem.
  26. By user request, we've provided some options for shutter hardware like hinges, shutter dogs, and latches. Check out the new catalog:
  27. It looks like your wall layers are reversed, with the siding on the inside
  28. I am encountering the same problem every time I try to do something with a particular wall in a plan I'm working on: When I try to delete the wall or change the length of the wall, the HDA 2023 app locks up. I was able to delete doorways from the wall, but other changes I try to make cause the app to freeze. I am not having this issue on any other aspects of the plan - everywhere else, I can move walls and add or delete windows and other features. I encounter this problem only when trying to make a couple of kinds of changes to this wall. In the attached image, it's the long horizontal wall below the label "Kitchen" and some cabinets and kitchen appliances. I suspect it has something to do with the cabinets and appliances adjoining the wall, but I can't prove that. I work on Windows 11, and the Task Manager shows me the application is spiking my processor usage. Any help appreciated.
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