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  1. Once again thanks for the brilliant advice Eric. I messed around with the wall segments that needed to have eaves and found a method that will generate the correct look but structurally it's incorrect. I found if I offset the second storey wall inward by the width of the wall then the lower floor eaves overhangs will be generated along the length of the wall. I tested with quite wide wall widths from 115mm to 250mm and the wall width is the key value. The issue is the walls really are sitting directly above each other and have the eaves built. I may have to build false invisible walls outside of the design to, as you say, trick the builder into building want I want to see. Thanks again for the suggestions.
  2. Well you're dead on. 6mm overhng = eaveless in my case. Your "one room" diagnostic process was spot on. Now I just need to sort out these "no eaves" issues.
  3. Fair point Eric, but this seems to have been an issue I've had for over the years as well as some new ones. I managed to get the upper walls to be respected by the auto tool but this has caused additional problems. As mentioned the original plan was prepared using an old version of CA. This had manual roof planes. There are two main issues. I can't seem to set a wall as being "eaveless" (0 mm overhang) when building a roof in HD Interiors. The Interiors version as you know is significantly cut down in terms of functionality but there seems to be either a bug or as you suggest a misunderstanding on my part. The second issue possibly related to the first is that I don't get eaves on some sections of roof. This is usually when an upper floor wall is coincident with a lower floor wall. Certain logic might have this as correct but in my case it's just not right. I have experimented with eave overhang values but I suspect there's some buried algorithms that are causing this. I do notice that when you invoke the "build" process the eave value is preset. There doesn't seem to be a setting where the automatic eave build adopts the wall overhand setting. I'm also a little concerned the actual help document seems to be incomplete is in this area. Your advice appreciated. Eave overhand set to 0 The settings for the build The result. Should be eaveless. Should be an eave here
  4. Folks, I have a Home Designer Interiors file that was converted from an old CA file. For the most part things seem OK except some of the roof planes appear off. I have a two storey building where the roof plane from the first floor is only partially respecting the walls of the second floor. I have tried replacing the second storey walls but the roof planes just keep building the same way and cut into the second storey walls. HD Interiors doesn't have a manual roof plane or editing capability. Can anyone advise the minimum version of the various Chief products that has roof plane editing?
  5. Thank you very much David. Exactly what I was after. regards Andrew
  6. Gentlemen, Thanks for the replies. My idea of using a trial version fell through and consequently your correct suggestions. The "save" and "save as" functions are disabled. David my version of HD Interiors is in my post signature. Home Designer Interiors 2018 Build: I have attached the plan file in question. If you are able to provide a HDI 2018 compatible file I'd appreciate it. regards Andrew House.plan After reject.plan7 LH Stairs converted.plan
  7. I have an old CA plan. I'm not even sure how old in terms of the version that created it. Anyway, HD Interior does all I need. I'm am aware and comfortable with the "no edit" from other versions. However, unlike say a DXF, I can't use the old plan as a reference file and "draw over it" I want to add a lighting\electrical layout over the floor plan. Rather than fully redraw the plan (not keen) what are my options? Do I download a "trial" version and down convert my plan or export to DXF? If so what's the best version to use? Will any "Pro" product do the job? regards Andrew
  8. Thanks Eric, I believe that's my problem. Many years ago I had access to a version of CA and this was a somewhat trivial exercise. The issue I'm having is the HDI documentation is extremely light on these details and my expectation has been set by my experience in CA so that's the source of my frustration. Expecting a feature to be these when it's not. Jo_Ann, thank you for your input. I did read a number of your posts to glean some of the details but wasn't able to apply it to my challenge other than to understand the winders are custom landings. I did not consider the straight runs could be connected to the isolated landings and adjustments made accordingly. I guess I'll have to get the calculator out and do this old school. Thanks for the guidance. regards Andrew
  9. Folks, I'm not sure if this is a deliberate limitation of HDI 2018 or a lack of understanding on my part but I can't seem to set the riser height manually. I have a set of stairs with a straight run, 3 winders (90 degree turn), landing then a straight run to the second floor for a total turn of 180 degrees. What I'm struggling with is the straight runs. I have full control over the winders and landings in that you can set the top heights, depths etc. The stairs on the other hand seem to be "over automated". Unless the stairs reach the second floor you can't adjust the rider height. Technically you can't adjust the riser height even then but you can adjust the run, and by setting the number of treads you, essentilly get a reverse engineered alteration to the riser. The problem is winders aren't supported either. I did look at some of the answers when "hand made" winders are made from a series of adjusted landings, but the way I'm going it looks like I'm going to have to make the entire staircase out of landings. BTW you can't join two landings such that they act as part of a complete stair case. So two questions. Does HDI 2018 have support for winders and more granular control over stairs risers? Is my manual approach using landings wrong? BTW here's the typical HDI 2018 stairs dialog.
  10. Thanks Gentlemen. It does indeed seem to be missing in my particular version. I was able to find close facsimiles in the 3D Warehouse and was able to import the SKP. It seems the only limit to import is DXF. David thanks for the the calibz. I can import these.
  11. Thanks for the reply. In all likelihood there is a different name for it in the US which may explain why I cant find one. What they are is an air conditioning system with "head unit" installed inside (contains the fan and is the control units) and the compressor\condenser is installed outside. Sometimes these are called "split system" air conditioners. They are capable of both heating and cooling therefore "reverse cycle". This is an example. I have searched the catalogs and I can't find anything at all like it based on my search terms. Haven't looked at 3D warehouse but i will.
  12. Folks, I'm trying to find a reverse cycle AC unit in HD interiors and for the life of me I can't. Is the HVAC library not provided with Interiors? if not it seems somewhat of an oversight.
  13. Folks, I have a new full version of Interiors 2018 and have knocked up a simple design. All seemed fine with the 3D renders until I started placing appliances and fittings. Of greatest concern are the bathroom fittings. Toilets, showers units, hand basins are all placing as stainless steel material. I don't recall altering or setting a default but the sample renders in the library picker look correct. (porcelain, fibreglass etc) Any thoughts? Changing the materials on each place is getting tiring.