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  1. DavidJPotter's post in Room selection suddenly not working correctly was marked as the answer   
    Look for, find and correct either a wall that is programmed to be "No Room Define" in its dialog box or a wall connection that is not properly connected to solve this situation. You can try the "Fix Wall Connections" command found under the "build - wall+ dropdown menu.
  2. DavidJPotter's post in Stairs - not displaying was marked as the answer   
    When you select a stair object in plan view, in the resulting "Edit Toolbar" (the toolbar that appears when any object is selected and disappears when any object is deselected) you will find a command icon called "Auto Stairwell" which  when left-clicked upon, creates a "Stairwell" aka hole in the floor so the stairs can be traveled. Check it out!
  3. DavidJPotter's post in Joining Gable Roof Planes (L-Shaped House) was marked as the answer   
    Commonly I usually auto build roofs and then manually clean up the results as I desire. Auto or manual, the point is getting the results you wish.
  4. DavidJPotter's post in New features in 2022 was marked as the answer   
    This is the email I received from Chief Architect Sales:
    "Hello David,

    Thank you for your call earlier today. Framing end profiles are a feature introduced for Chief Architect products and not Home Designer products. Our web team will be updating this soon on the Home Designer page. Thank you for alerting us to this.

    If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

    Have a good day!"

  5. DavidJPotter's post in 5-Panel Door? was marked as the answer   
    See if the attached library file of a "Five Panel Door" will download and then install in HD Pro 2022 please.
    5 Panel door.calibz
  6. DavidJPotter's post in Reference files for Layouts was marked as the answer   
    In HD Pro with a layout file you will have to delete the old view on the layout page and then send from the new updated plan file the view which you wish to update on the layout file.
    in Chief Premier you have a "Relink File" tool for such purposes but again, that, along with MANY other features is why Premier is a lot more expensive than HD Pro, sorry.
  7. DavidJPotter's post in What is it, and how to draw i? was marked as the answer   
  8. DavidJPotter's post in Roof Issues was marked as the answer   
  9. DavidJPotter's post in Basement wall thicknesses was marked as the answer   
    Open a wall's dialog box. Go to its Wall Types tab. Click on "Define" and then define the wall as you wish.
  10. DavidJPotter's post in Unwanted Elevated Foundation Sections was marked as the answer   
  11. DavidJPotter's post in Dimensions tools not working was marked as the answer   
    This software performs best when your structure is at right angles to the screen or at 7 degree increments. To create a structure at odd angles just makes the work ten times harder as the tools and objects you are using are not being used as they were programmed to be used. if a structure needs to be rotated relative to magnetic North you  have a "North Pointer" tool for that purpose, you rotate the North Pointer and never the structure. When you use any software in ways it was not designed to function you just make it harder on YOU.
  12. DavidJPotter's post in Gable ridge not lining up was marked as the answer   
    I had to use manual roof tools to iron all the problems out on your file, I do not think Architectural is really capable of doing this roof by settings alone.

  13. DavidJPotter's post in How to create an upward swinging shutter was marked as the answer   
    I think your best bet (provided you have Architectural or HD Pro) is to create the shutters from sloped soffits: one at an angle to emulate the shutter and little skinny ones to emulate what holds them open against gravity. I did look for existing symbols at the Home Designer website and then at 3D Warehouse first. I do have an old symbol I bought, years ago that might work, you are welcome to give it a try.
    Bahama Shutter.calibz
  14. DavidJPotter's post in Trading files between versions was marked as the answer   
    Yes, PROVIDED THE CHIEF ARCHITECT USER MANUALLY PROGRAMS THE FILE FOR USE IN HOME DESIGNER SOFTWARE TITLES BEFORE SHARING IT WITH YOU. The command, in Chief is found in "General Plan Defaults - Allow editing in Home Designer Software" Check box before sharing with you.


  15. DavidJPotter's post in Framing Elevation was marked as the answer   
    Use a back-clip elevation camera to isolate just the single wall you want in the view, then turn off all visible layers in Display Options for that camera view so only framing shows. Then send that view to layout for printing.
  16. DavidJPotter's post in Foundation problems with a house on a hillside. was marked as the answer   
    I am still not sure exactly is missing or there that should not be, in any case here is a You Tube video of me looking over and commenting on your plan file:
  17. DavidJPotter's post in Limit width of cross section elevation was marked as the answer   
    In Home Designer Pro you can adjust the sides and top of a view sent to layout using the provided handles of the view on layout, no CAD mask is required, you show what you want to show on layout.
  18. DavidJPotter's post in Cabinet fillers not working as described was marked as the answer   
    You can also just make filler upper cabinets and base cabinets that are 3" wide and manually place them, before auto fillers were added several versions that was the only way it could be done and the old method still works.
  19. DavidJPotter's post in Can a higher roof cover/ span completely over a lower roof? was marked as the answer   
    I am sorry in that I made a video but the sound did not record for some reason. What I did was to add  a room above the room where you wanted the 18' ceiling. I designated it "Open Below" so as to remove the floor.
    On the first floor I opened the dialog boxes for the kitchen and great room and unchecked "ceiling" making the second floor room the one that defines the ceiling for both spaces. I then added a cabinet soffit over the exposed section of the room common with the house. The edited file is attached below.
    File DMA-E_08-26-16.plan
  20. DavidJPotter's post in Incomplete Roof was marked as the answer   
    Check the room specification dialogs directly underneath where the roof generator is working incorrectly, look for settings that are causing the roof generator to fail.
  21. DavidJPotter's post in How to show 1/2" reveal lines on Ext. siding was marked as the answer   
    What Eric means is that how to create custom materials has been discussed here before. If you know how to create custom materails, you can do whatever you like with them within their barriers.
    Also read some these help articles: https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/search/?q=custom+material
  22. DavidJPotter's post in Cannot edit roof plane w/o losing dormer was marked as the answer   
    If you edit the component parts of a dormer improperly of course you will destroy its usefulness, as a unified object (Dormer Tool) the placement of the dormer is critical. If you really need to edit the dormer it should be "exploded" into its parts ( roof plane, hole in the roof poly line, Walls) and once exploded carefully rearrange  the parts manually until you  get the outcome intended. It is not a difficult process but is exacting and unforgiving when missteps are taken.
  23. DavidJPotter's post in Rail/fence bottom edge was marked as the answer   
    Railing walls have a dialog box for their editing, unlike other walls that also have edit handles as you have observed.
  24. DavidJPotter's post in Basement stairway footings was marked as the answer   
    That just indicates that the grade beam (footing) has been notched for a door, it is an automatic function of the software. Unless you are a State Licensed Structural Engineer and thus licensed by the State to draw actual foundation plans, don't worry about minor details like that.
  25. DavidJPotter's post in Window Shapes Triangle Top was marked as the answer   
    This is not rocket science, just open your software and give it a try until you figure it out by trial and error (that is the best way, anyway). Read the data you have and then try that, until you get the outcome you want.