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  1. I'm trying to develop an HDP plan that corresponds to the attached sketch. I have a good as-built, including terrain to the property line. This has a lot details: wall types, dimensions, defaults, etc.. that I don't want to re-enter. I've tried to adapt a copy of the as-built as a new plan but it is mostly a mess. The terrain keeps shifting, even though I don't change it. I tried terrain holes for retaining walls, driveway, etc. but this doesn't line up as needed. I suspect there is a necessary sequence/configuration to achieve this, but I don't see it. It seems I have to first define the terrain boundary as including all of the environment elements of interest, and then create a new structure defined with foundation walls of varying depths. If I start with a completely new plan file, in what order should I create the elements? Lot with environment as terrain? Terrain contours? Retaining walls that drop several feet? "terrain holes" for the apron, sloped driveway, and their retaining walls? Considerations and questions: Adjacent off-property buildings are needed to show sight lines and lighting effects and existing off-property street and sidewalk are needed to show how access will work. How do I show them but exclude them from the plan? The new basement and garage will be enclosed within a new foundation wall. There will be a bearing foundation wall for the new gable end between the basement and the garage. The new basement floor will be lower that the existing to achieve an 8' finished height. The new garage slab will be about 12-18" lower than the bsmt. It will also slope towards the garage doors. These 3 spaces (existing bsmt, new bsmt, new garage) should be level 0, but how do I define the various heights, and how do I indicate about 3" slope to the front of the garage? How do I define a open terrace (patio) that sits on top of the garage, 2" under the main floor, and is accessed from the new first floor, through the new gable end wall? How do I indicate a slope on the terrace surface for drainage? How do I define, as part of the terrain, the new apron, driveway, and retaining walls? At what building level? Thanks in advance.
  2. rvbinder

    Terrain sub-menus grayed out

    Solved. Thanks
  3. rvbinder

    Terrain sub-menus grayed out

    All actions on my Terrain sub-menus are grayed-out for no apparent reason: Modifier, Feature, Garden Bed, Water features, stepping stone, Terrain wall and curb (straight curved retaining wall are still active) , Road and Sidewalk Plant and Sprinkler are active. Please advise how to enable.
  4. I don't see anyway to change the color (materiel) of lapped horizontal board siding. How can do that?
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    Garage door, no vertical panels

  6. rvbinder

    Garage door, no vertical panels

    This how the as-built is: five flat panels floor to top. I cannot see anyway to achieve this.
  7. When looking at 3D views with light fixtures, HDP often shows a twinkling pixelation, after I move the orbit control and stop. An example is attached. Feature?
  8. rvbinder

    Exterior/Interior walls not correctly recognized

    That corrected the problem. Thanks.
  9. I cannot get HD Pro to correctly recognize the interior/exterior walls on the 3rd floor of my plan. I have checked alignment, wall orientation, wall type, gable options, wall breaks, etc. No such problem with walls of basement, 1st, and 2nd floor. The problem seems to be occurring where the 3rd west exterior wall is attached to an interior knee wall - screen shot attached. Complete file .plan is 37 MB, so cannot upload. How do I get the exterior walls correctly recognized, so that rooms, etc. are correctly recognized? Thanks
  10. I'm replacing large cast iron radiators with Euro-style flat panel radiators. I'm showing the new items on the plan with a soffit object. I used a fill that distinguishes them in the floor plan. They can be placed in 3D and provide a good approximation of the actual items. They're easier to work with than generic boxes or slabs. But, this has several limitations: I cannot enter a part number, description, and mfg to be tallied in the materials report. I cannot draw horizontal lines on the soffit to correspond to the actual radiators. So, how can I create an object that allows detailing the exterior, defining attributes that can be tallied, and defining a unique fill for the plan view?
  11. I'm planning to use Copper gutters and downspouts, which will weather into a mottled greenish-gray color after several months. I wanted to see that instead of the shiny new copper. I couldn't find a material in the library to show weathered Copper. After some experiments, I settled on using the textured fabric Crepe, Sage It provides roughly the right color and mottling. Here's what it looks like.
  12. I want to draw an exterior brick wall that meets the exterior brick wall of a house. The exterior wall is 7' tall x 8" wide and has a 3" concrete capstone. I defined a retaining wall, pony type with a footer foundation for this - the lower wall is 8" brick, the upper is 10" concrete. The house walls are brick veneer with interior framing. As soon as I draw the exterior wall close to the house wall, HDP automatically connects the wall and transforms the wall type of the fence to the house wall, and extends it all the way to the top of the second floor. I tried adding breaks but no help. How can I prevent the wall type from being changed in type and size, yet still have it touching the house wall?
  13. rvbinder

    Railings don't define a room over a slab

    I'd placed the room divider around the outside chimney stack because I drew it as a CAD object following a web site tutorial. The divider was necessary to get the porch defined. I'm not sure how it became undefined. But, as you suggested, replacing the divider walls with regular walls allowed the room to be recognized and then defined as a porch. Thanks
  14. rvbinder

    Railings don't define a room over a slab

    Closed and it uploaded fine. I'm not sure exactly what steps I took to generate this model. Getting as far as I did took a lot of experiments and backtracking. But I was able to define the entry room with exterior walls and don't see why the other area is any different. Also, I've noticed an auto-generated phantom attic wall appears on the 2nd floor above the entry room, which I cannot delete. I wonder if that is related to the porch definition problem. 962-Renno-2.plan
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    Railings don't define a room over a slab

    Your site complains when I attempt to upload the full file.