• Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by DavidJPotter

  1. Turn ON " Auto Rebuild Terrain" found in the Terrain Specification Dialog. DJP
  2. We need to know what software you are using, a picture or sketch of what you wish the roof to look like and ideally a copy of your .plan file. A rule of thumb for roof geometry is and it is locked to the geometry of your floor plan and its ceiling heights. DJP
  3. A common practice for remodeling projects is to first create a relationally correct "as Built" of the existing conditions of the project and then make a copy (save-as) of that renaming it "Proposed" project when in you then make your changes (demo walls, altered electric, fixtures etc. ). You then print both views as plans so the project, start to finish gets graphically communicated. DJP
  4. I have Home Designer Pro...there is no "layer setting" That is not true, please look again, it is there and has been being there in every version of Home Designer and Chief software for over a decade. DJP
  5. Open "Display Options dialog "Tools - Layer Settings - Display Options where you will then find all named layers alphabetically listed. What you are interested in are the "R" layers under the "Room" category ( Rooms, Room Labels , Room, Interior Area, Interior Dimensions and lastly Rooms, Standard Area ). This is discussed in detail in your Reference Manual ( Help - Reference Manual ) DJP
  6. Call Sales tomorrow and upgrade from Architectural to Home Designer Pro. DJP
  7. I looked at your file. What version of Home Designer do you have? Only if you have Pro will you be able to accomplish this roof geometry I believe. The auto roof generator is not really "automatic" but rather a mechanical routine with boundaries. DJP
  8. Can you also post a sketch or photo to help illustrate more what you wish as an outcome? DJP
  9. Can be done in Chief Premier but not in Home Designer. In the attached image I did this model for a company in Hawaii back in old X12 using tools no Home Designer software has. DJP
  10. In thirty years I have never come across a Structural Engineer using Chief. I have several Architect clients over the years. In my experience most of Chief Premier users are also Professional Builders. I myself was a construction supervisor and started drafting using Chief back in 1994. The majority of users I know are self employed builders who also design and draft their own projects, the rest are strictly drafter/designer persons working as part of an Architectural firm. All my Engineers seem to use AutoCAD, DJP
  11. Can you upload a sketch of what you wish to do? I need to have a more detailed understanding of your intentions to advise you with certainty. DJP
  12. Edit - Default Settings - Framing - Roof Rafters -size Input boxes DJP
  13. I can help you with your project, contact me, please. DJP
  14. Then start your own software company from scratch... It does what it is programmed to do and NOTHING else. So one has to get done what needs doing with the tools at hand. I assume you want to have exposed rafters; that can be done as you have seen. I looked at the model that Eric uploaded and noticed that the fascia has been removed, leaving an large air gap between the rafters and the roof decking. Were I to try to do this I would reset the settings in the effected roof planes. Out-of-the-box the rafters are interiorized and are behind the fascia. The fascia is still there between the perpendicular rafters but the fascia is against the house. I would also set Default Settings - Framing - Roof match what I am doing with the roof framing in terms of rafter sizing. Make these same changes in the Build Roof Dialog - Structure to make sure those new settings were applied. It would be great if the software was smart or AI er something but it IS not...YOU have to be smart to fill in via study-practice and only you makes anything good appear. DJP
  15. Post a copy of your plan so others can look at the missed or misassigned settings, please. DJP
  16. If you persist, you will find dozens of undermount sinks, the programming of the "Search" is programmed as it is and oft times you have to try several "search" terms to get something useful. DJP
  17. Start Here and see what is available. DJP
  18. Start here in your Library Browser - Core Content, the point being to inform yourself of what is available already on your PC. Your second resource will be found on the Home Designer web page here . There other sources but the above should keep you plenty busy. DJP
  19. The five-page layout file is only for the latest version of Home Designer Pro. Like I said in earlier versions of Pro, like yours, you get one printed page per .layout file. So you create a personalized template file and then "save-as " copies for new pages. DJP
  20. What software do you have (title and name)? How to share your signature with the forum. DJP
  21. Two ways: 1. make an image that graphically displays what you wish to be displayed then import that image into your Library Browser for application to a soffit that will then show in Standard camera views. 2. There is a downloadable 3D letter/number library browser file that can be used to spell out in 3D letter and number sequences in any camera type. DJP
  22. NO Older versions can only open their or earlier versions, only newer versions can open older files, this has always been so. DJP YES DJP
  23. In whatever camera mode or plan view, open their "Display Options" dialog for that view and then check or turn on the layer that says "Doors, Labels" and then you will begin to see your software's programmed abilities to display or not "Doors, Labels" which display like this: 36" x 80" = 3068, 48" x 48" = 4040 etc. Take a look! DJP