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  1. DavidJPotter

    Import AutoCad plans to Home Designer Pro 2021

    As you said, there "is not CAD to Walls" tool in Home Designer. What you CAN do is to make sure the imported PDF or .dwg is properly scaled once imported, orient that PDF or imported AutoCAD drawing to O-Y/0X in HD in plan view and then trace over the PDF or imported drawing using HD's 3D tools to start to obtain a 3D model in Home Designer, then add windows and doors etc and make perfect using dimension tools in HD. Then add roofs etc. DJP
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    Keystones and Crossheads

    What is available within Home Designer is to be found in the Library Browser-Millwork and most of the items found are NOT alterable except as to their sizes. In order to get EXACTLY what you wish is to make it custom using Sketch Up software application and then importing the result as a symbol into HP as symbol for plan application. DJP
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    Displaying Drywall Dimensions

    It is not actually panels in terms of the visible pattern assigned, but in terms of the Materials List, you can assign "Panels" as a material from the Library Browser called "Wall Board". So for visuals you assign an 4'x8' pattern and for the materials list and visible, you assign a wall board - 4'x8' wall board material. and for either or both you can adjust how the pattern and material start and stop on the ceiling by adjusting the X and Y input boxes which controls how the pattern and material "paint" across a surface. DJP PS: you do this via the Room Specification Dialog - Materials Tab
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    Mirror reflections Designer Pro 2021

    Go to Edit - Default Settings - Camera and in the Camera Specification dialog, turn on "Reflections" in all camera types that are applicable. DJP
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    Displaying Drywall Dimensions

    What can be done is to assign a material with a white background and black pattern lines that are set to a pattern of 4' x 8' or whatever pattern you need and then only in a Vector view camera type you can see your 4" x 8" pattern lines and count your panels visually. Or you can do this via the materials list by assigning 4'x8' panels to the ceiling and the materials list tool will count them for you. DJP
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    Printing large home in Pro

    The latest version of Home Designer Pro 2021 has no restrictions relative to paper size, it can print natively up to 36X48. You need to upgrade to 2021 and your "problem" is then solved! DJP
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    Mixed Masonry Structures

    I recommend that you hire a Licensed Structural Engineer to advise you relative to structural design and layout. Another LARGE factor is the quality and attributes of the geology of your building lot that directly affects the design of the foundation and structural considerations. Emulating the advice is then easy in HD Pro because you now know what it is supposed to look like from the Engineer. DJP
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    Foundation Caissons

    I commonly do NOT design foundations without the advice of a licensed Structural Engineer. That said, I have emulated foundation caissons using calendars from the "Shapes" section of the Library Browser. DJP
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    Concrete Slab Floors and Foundations

    Edit - Default Settings - Floors and Rooms - (Pick your floor) then Structure tab Also Edit - Default Settings - Foundation Any software and especially Architectural Software get products by studied users managing the software's settings with confidence. They get that confidence and competence by hours of study and practice to just learn how the software works and does not work. DJP
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    Gap above door

    After looking at your plan, I saw that the custom wall types you made through out the plan are customized wrong which is causing the unwanted outcomes. Open the Wall Specification Dialog - Wall Types and properly place space, in the dialog between Interior layers and exterior layers. Comonly one assigns A SINGLE LAYER as your "Structural" layer unlike what you did. Read, carefully the Reference Manual section on Customizing Walls using the Wall Specification Dialog. DJP
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    Annoying Light Glow

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    Shed roof side wall extending into the attic .. why?

    Wether Home Designer or Chief Premier, the software is pre-programmed to fill in automatically attic walls, which the divide themselves ceilings and roof planes automatically, if you will go to the second floor, turn on the "Reference Display", showing the first-floor walls in "red" you will clearly see that auto-generated attic walls were generated over the porch and inward towards the house, using exterior walls that match what you set in your Default Settings (Walls-Exterior Wall and Materials-Exterior Wall). DJP
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    Home Designer Suite 2021 - Build Gable Roof Over Porch

    The software skips building a foundation under rooms named "Porch" so you just go to the foundation level (<0>), turn on the reference display (so you can see the porch walls above) and then draw or extend the foundation walls underneath the porch which should fill in under the porch above grade. DJP
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    Home Designer Suite 2021 - Build Gable Roof Over Porch

    Just separate the remaining space with an invisible railing wall, set the higher portion to about 3" below the house (-3" the house should be a zero inches), draw your stairs and then you are done DJP
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    Home Designer Suite 2021 - Build Gable Roof Over Porch

    Divide the Porch area into three spaces (one for each porch and the area that is lower than the porches. Program each area to have a "ceiling over this room and roof over this room" on the "Structure Tab", then build roofs. You then use the wall break tool to remove the railing where it is not needed, DJP