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  4. It does, but it's not better, just different with its own problems.
  5. Darrellx

    Best Method of Creating Beam Pocket At Top of Concrete Wall

    good point. Also, just curious if the full CA product has a different way of doing this? I tend to wish the wall niche method would have worked since that seems most straight forward to me. I think their could be a few rendering improvements with the wall niche. Here is a comparison between a window opening in a pony wall and a wall niche in a pony wall. Seems like it (the wall niche) could handle this edge case better and then might have worked here for the packet also. What it seems is that if the wall structure has a layer at the same depth into the wall as the wall niche depth then things render correctly. So using the pony wall idea with a material that has two layers with a boundary at the pocket depth (like my concrete + standard glass settings) and placing a wall niche at the same location produces this (sill will be located properly because total thickness of upper pony wall is the same as the rest of the stem walls): Only issue with using the pony wall in the first place is that in the back-clipped cross section only cutting through the pocket you can see a boundary between upper and lower walls, which seems to be the case even using the simple single top layer pony wall solution: Not too big of deal, just seems like all this is a work around for a wall niche that could work a little better in a single layer material when cutting through (or bounding) the horizontal wall boundaries.
  6. DavidJPotter

    Designating Interior Structural Walls vs Non Structural

    What I commonly do for remodeling work is to make copies of wall types using the "Copy" command in the "Wall Specification Dialog - Define Dialog" taking "Interior 4" and making a copy of it called Interior 4, New and designating "Interior 4" default wall as "Existing". The same actions could create your default wall type as "Non-Load bearing" and the copy with a different fill type to represent your "Load Bearing" walls. If I had so little confidence that my carpenters need that elementary level of guidance, I would fire them and hire someone who knows how to carpenter. DJP
  7. solver

    Designating Interior Structural Walls vs Non Structural

    *** I see you said Pro *** Answers often depend on which title (Suite, Pro etc) and version (2018, 2019 etc) you are using. You can help everyone by adding that info to your signature (see below for how to turn them on) by clicking on your user name at the top right of the page, click Account Settings, then Signature on the left. Doing so makes it always available, and keeps others from having to hunt for it. And, turn on signature display too. ---- Resources for self help: The built in Help System (always a good place to start) Getting Started Knowledge Base YouTube Home Designer - Getting Started - Setting Preferences and Defaults Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/s-TcAHsiMjg?hd=1
  8. I have Home Designer Pro and thought it would be useful to designate interior walls that are structural from non-structural walls so that I can have layout sheets for the builder to make it very easy which walls need to be completed before installing roof rafters on a large shed roof. Any tips to have certain walls show in a layer and to hide others without making another file and deleting them? Thank you
  9. Clear materials like glass and Opening No Material render correctly in Standard views, but not in Vector views. I would just edit the framing after everything else is correct. Delete the short piece and one of the other pieces, then select the remaining one and extend it across.
  10. Darrellx

    Best Method of Creating Beam Pocket At Top of Concrete Wall

    Adding a layer of 4" Glass Standard to the concrete layer wall type definition for the top part of the pony wall seemed to work to center the sill and everything still seems to render nicely: Is some better named material more appropriate for this purpose like "air"?
  11. Darrellx

    Best Method of Creating Beam Pocket At Top of Concrete Wall

    Just noticed that with the pony wall and the same size sill plate, the sill plate tries to stay centered on the upper pony wall, so you get this: Since the sill plate can be specified per wall section, I guess I could just make it(the sill plate) the same as the remaining part of the concrete at the pocket like this: Not that anyone would never notch out the plate above the pocket in practice. Is it maybe possible to use the pony wall but specify a wall type that has some type of "invisible" layer with finite thickness (so the total thickness of the upper part of the pony wall still equals the thickness of the lower part)?
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  13. Eric & Rick, Thank you very much! Wow, that was easy once I knew where to go.
  14. jwwhitnejj

    Floating Building

    Eric, Thank you very much for making this tutorial! It is very informative for me as I am a beginner and as I said earlier, I wasn't able to find a tutorial or instructions on how to make these changes. I will spend some time working with these dimensions within my model to understand how they are related. Your tip on resetting the default value seems to be an important point. Thank you! Joe
  15. LeekyBoatStudio

    beauty salon/spa

    If you are unable to find what you need on the bonus catalogs there is always the option to download 3D models in to the program that you get from another site like Sketch-up. That is what I do if I need something the program and bonus catalogs do not have.
  16. solver

    Floating Building

  17. Billybluesky

    floating soffit

    Thank you but it has fixed itself!
  18. Darrellx

    Best Method of Creating Beam Pocket At Top of Concrete Wall

    Thanks Eric, worked great and got me to play a little more with pony walls, which I haven't needed (or known I needed). For reference to others, think the easy steps are: 1) Choose the section of wall where pocket is desired 2) inserts wall breaks where the pocked will be 3) Select that new small section of wall 4) Change the wall settings under "Wall Type" -check "Pony Wall" -"Define" a new wall type by copying the foundation wall to a wall as thick as the thickness of wall remaining with the pocket -change "Align Pony Wall at" setting if the pocket is on the wrong side of the wall
  19. jwwhitnejj

    Floating Building

    Thanks. Yes, I tried that many times and still can't seem to solve it by lowering it, or else I'm not lowering it correctly. I end up with a very high foundation wall and when I try to lower the floor, it actually raises the foundation rather than lowering the building. Very frustrating. What I'm doing is adjusting the stem wall dimension by increasing it to reach the ground. I look at it in camera mode and see a very high foundation. I then go back in and adjust other dimensions but with no good solution. To go back to the original problem, why is it that if I raise the terrain around where I built the house, that the house elevation doesn't automatically raise also? Not sure why the program wouldn't automatically adjust the house elevation when you raise the terrain around it.
  20. solver

    Floating Building

    Lower it
  21. solver

    Floating Building

    Answers often depend on which title (Suite, Pro etc) and version (2018, 2019 etc) you are using. You can help everyone by adding that info to your signature (see below for how to turn them on) by clicking on your user name at the top right of the page, click Account Settings, then Signature on the left. Doing so makes it always available, and keeps others from having to hunt for it. And, turn on signature display too. ---- Resources for self help: The built in Help System (always a good place to start) Getting Started Knowledge Base YouTube Home Designer - Getting Started - Setting Preferences and Defaults Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/s-TcAHsiMjg?hd=1
  22. jwwhitnejj

    Floating Building

    Hello, I am a new user of this software and have watched tutorials and read sections of the user guides without resolution of my problem. I have started to model my home and a detached garage. The house is elevated six feet (72") higher than the surrounding terrain on a small "plateau". The detached garage off this small plateau is at the lower surrounding elevation. I modeled the house and the garage. Then, I modified the terrain with a "raised region" around the house and brought it up 72". When I did that, the house became buried six feet down in the ground. The garage, not in the area of the raised region, sits at the correct elevation. I then opened the terrain perimeter and under "subfloor height above terrain", I changed it from 0" to 72". Now, the house sits up on the plateau at the correct elevation, but now the detached garage is floating six feet in the air! I've wrestled with this for a couple of days and I know there must be a very simple thing that I'm missing an d corrects this, but I cannot figure it out and if anyone knows what I'm doing wrong and can help me, it would be greatly appreciated. I have the 2021 version of Home Designer Architectural
  23. Think about how a Pony Wall might be used.
  24. Using a wall niche to create a beam pocket at the top of a concrete wall mostly works. But it seems since the niche usually has 4 sides, the top doesn't render perfectly in doll house view (given it will probably be mostly hidden by the top plate, etc. Just wondering if there is any way to fix this or is there a better method of including a pocket for a beam? Example using wall niche attached. beam_pocket.plan
  25. Rookie65

    beauty salon/spa

    Did you search the bonus catalogs? Go to Library>Get Additional Content Online and look there. Some will need to be purchased, yet there are quite a few catalogs to view and download. Maybe something there will work for you, or at least be representative of the fixtures you're looking for.
  26. 165450275_AjnasGarage24x30Master2021-02-15a foundation rev.plan165450275_AjnasGarage24x30Master2021-02-15a foundation rev.plan165450275_AjnasGarage24x30Master2021-02-15a foundation rev.plan165450275_AjnasGarage24x30Master2021-02-15a foundation rev.plan165450275_AjnasGarage24x30Master2021-02-15a foundation rev.plan 165450275_AjnasGarage24x30Master2021-02-15a foundation rev.plan165450275_AjnasGarage24x30Master2021-02-15a foundation rev.plan165450275_AjnasGarage24x30Master2021-02-15a foundation rev.plan165450275_AjnasGarage24x30Master2021-02-15a foundation rev.plan This has been a major PITA for me forever...I have spent days trying to get a deeper foundation wall with a monolithic slab...I stumbled into this solution though...I changed 3 walls of your foundation to illustrate my solution...I left the rest for you to play with...all I did was change your slab footing in the foundation dbx to the values you will see in my hack...good luck... I see that Eric has added a video showing the methodology to do this...Thanks Eric Regards Rick 165450275_AjnasGarage24x30Master2021-02-15a foundation rev.plan
  27. jdremo

    beauty salon/spa

    I'm trying to built a beauty salon suite or studio and I don't have any options of salon equipment's and furniture's, is there a catalog to select items from or that is not possible in the home designer pro 2021 I have? I need to show my client how it will look and I have no way of doing that because I don't have a catalog Example: pasting manicure station, pedicure chair/station, hair stylist station, shampoo sink/station (hope you catch my drift. Please let me know if anyone can help me on this Frank
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