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  1. 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.



  2. 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.



  3. 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 )



  4. 1 hour ago, JasonSJ said:

    To do this will I need to upgrade to the Pro version?

    Call Sales tomorrow and upgrade from Architectural to Home Designer Pro.



  5. 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.




  6.        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,



  7. 4 hours ago, Pablos said:

    seems like it should be more straightforward than it is


           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.




  8. 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.


  9. 2 hours ago, BillTorpey said:

    - Will HD Suite 2022 be able to read files created by HD Arch 2024? 


    Older versions can only open their or earlier versions, only newer versions can open older files, this has always been so.



    2 hours ago, BillTorpey said:

    - If I upgrade one machine to HD Arch 2024 and the other to HD Suite 2024, will they be able to share files?





  10. 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!




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