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  1. Bernard McPhillips Monday, Sep 09, 2019 - 06:08 PM PDT Hello I always have a problem creating a stairway through a doorway. In this instance, I have an entry way to a house that has an arch. The stairs break almost in the middle of the arch. Whenever i place the stairs, anything above the treads disappears. In this case, the arch is no longer visible. Please see the pics of my drawing and the actual arched entrance way, I am trying to replicate. This is also the case when going from a one floor to the other floor of a split level. Takes a lot of finagling to work around. T
  2. Hello again Well I went hunting and found the place to edit the saved materials list folder. Since I didn't find any videos or info online, here is the steps I took to change the tab name. I closed out any material lists and went up to the Tools tab / then to the Material Lists in the drop down / next down to the Material list management tab. There is an option to Edit or Rename the tab. Voila. Hope this helps any other newbies. Thanks, Bernard
  3. Hello Everyone I created 5 plans essentially of the same room but different layouts. I also created a material list for each one of them and named them relative to the layouts. Unfortunately one of them was named wrong. I can't seem to figure out how to rename the material list tab. It only offers a "save", but not a "save as". I figured I could delete it and create another one with the proper name but does anyone know of a more straight forward way. Okay, Thanks for any input. Bernard
  4. Hi Solver Thanks for the video and the tips. Sorry I didn't notice this before. I will give her a try when I get freed up. Do you see a problem with my putting the "basement/Great room on the 1st floor as opposed to the foundation level. Would I get the same attributes Ie. pony wall, framing, finished floor, dropped ceiling, and the deck over a room as in this plan? Does it make a difference when manipulating platform heights? Or are there other considerations to worry about? Thanks again for the video. Bernard
  5. Hello LawB10 Yes this is a plan I am working on. You are correct there is no basement to speak of. If I had known when I was still a newbie, I might have drawn that floor on the foundation level. Initially I had everything on the same level then split the building down the middle and raised one side up. As per the split level video on HdPro site. Added a second floor and stepped it as the first floor. I also tried drawing each level of the split on different floors. Ie. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc. But that was a total disaster. The "open below" was to create a landing at the b
  6. Hi david yes i did watch that video back when i drew this plan. And also again when this latest modification came up. So i’m pretty sure that i tried to follow this philosophy to a T bu like i intimated, a split level is different beast and had to deviate from the defaults on the bedroom 1 as it had a lower floor than the garage. My question is does this philosophy/ order of build, allow for modification after the fact? Solver seems to indicate yes. You have remained non- committed to recommending a fix but more intimate that i should have drawn it according how the prog
  7. hi Jo-Ann The actual building has an 82 1/4" basement. For the remodelling drawing the whole structure was raised to allow for a full 8' 7 1/2' + 2 1/2" for flooring and 3" for a soundproofed ceiling.This was drawn as the first floor and called the "great room". Upon further consideration we decided to not raise the house, not finish the basement ie (turn it in to a great room. So basically revert the drawing to reflect a basement. As I had already drawn it on the 1st floor, I figured I could just raise the floor back to the 82 1/4", minus the floor finish and ceiling sound proofing. I w
  8. Hello solver thanks also for your reply. Thanks for the tips also in rectifying the drawing. I agree the question is pretty convoluted. I was hoping the uploaded drawing would elucidate. Basically i am trying to make the great room an 82 1/4” unfinished basement. The complication arises because the foundation is all one level (apart from the garage jump up) as built so i am trying to raise bedroom 1’s foundation walls the 28 1/4” to make it flush with the great room’s foundation. Pretty simple in theory. All of the other rooms remain at their current elevations. I will
  9. Hi david, thanks for the reply. When i started to build this structure, i did use defaults and as the structure developed in order to get the necessary platform height on the bedroom 1 in relation to the garage and also one side of the split levels in relation to the other i deviated from some defaults. So i tried to follow somewhat the so called building norm for the program. I am assuming that not every buliding is preconceived in every detail and that modifications are in order as relationships are discovered. But it sounds like the way you describe it, is that any deviati
  10. hi there I designed a two story split level house in HDPro, After a plan change based on cost savings decided to keep the basement as built ceiling height of 82 1/4". I only want to change the first floor which considsts of, a great room, bath, utility and open/crawl space below area back to ceiling heights of 82.25 on one side of the split. On the other i want to raise the floors by 28 1/4" in the bedroom 1 and closet on the other side of the split. this 28 1/4' reflects the difference between the current height minus the 82 1/4". except the other/upper side room of the first floor are f
  11. Hi Eric Sorry , I don't mean to be a bonehead and apologize if I seem ungrateful. I do hope that my mistakes inform others just as much as your responses. I thought I had exhausted all of the resources short of posting my question. So I didn't feel like going through the help section all over again. As I sort of said before, I missed that vital piece of information and probably half a day looking for it (i.e. the second display option button) and thought I had ruled out the obvious areas. When David pointed it out, of course I realized what I had missed. I'll take a video or a diagram an
  12. Thanks for the reply David and Eric That was simple. Eric, just so you know, I have been incredibly diligent in looking through all the various resources, help included and online and all the usual places before I call tech support and post on Hometalk. I even opened the display options but missed the other button. But after talking with tech support, believing the program was being buggy,they told me to post the plan. So, what is the difference between standard area and interior area? Thanks again for the replies. Bernard
  13. Hi there Here are my plans, which are a work in progress. I will also include two jpegs of examples from the 1st floor but I notice this occurs on all the rooms where I've checked the "show room label" box. I am not so concerned with the accuracy per se, but the fact that the labels are showing two area dimensions. Seems rather cluttered and confusing and not normal to me or anyone else viewing the plans. I would rather have only one area dimension showing so as to look somewhat professional without having to turn the label off. Since I'm assuming the program is supposed to show only one
  14. Hello everyone,I finally was able to create a split level structure. Although I haven't attempted to do the roof, who's ridges go with the length of the building, instead of perpendicular as in the tutorial. I did notice a couple of discrepancies in the framing. On the 2nd storey where the ceiling joists tie in to the wall, the rim joist just butts against it. Of course i would prefer they bear on that wall (probably with blocking). The other is the 1st floor wall that divides the garage and a room behind it. It shows a small cripple wall and a space before the bottom plate of the actual wall.
  15. Hi David I'm glad I struck a chord of synchronicity. Sometimes I see a teacher in things that I do and that which I create. Sometimes I'm in such a hurry and forget to honor the ones that helped along the way. So here's to the generosity of those folks (you included),who not only do the job, but also have the time to film, edit and upload articles and video's so that others can partake in. On that note! Back to the drawing board! Still trying to create a side split, multi level house and maintain the bottom of the foundation footings at the same elevation while raising various rooms
  16. Hi there Thanks for the clarification Eric. You are correct about my being new to Home designer pro and not Chief Architect. Not so sure about needing to stick with the home designer site though. If I had done that, I would have learned a lot less about home designer pro. I have found a lot of important tips, through the chief architect articles and videos. Hat's off to David Jefferson Potter (Thank you David) for the youtube videos I have thoroughly enjoyed these last few days. Those have contained older versions of both Chief architect and the Home Designer products, all with invaluab
  17. Hi there everyone, I am new to Chief Architect. A lot different than AutoCad and Sketchup. I have been working through the Default Settings tutorials online, which I think are for Chief Architect and not specifically for Home Designer Pro per se. On one of them it shows a "set default" button (wrench with a red check mark) on the lower bar. I looked in the set custom tools but haven't found it. Does anyone know if HDPro 2019 has it. I wanted to redesign a cabinet as per the tutorial and easily set as default, but instead had to go to the wrench without the red check mark and wo