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  1. Good Morning

    The reason the rooms do not locate is because several walls in your file were checked no locate and no room definition. I just unchecked them as you can see if you compare the two files

    Roof could not auto build for two reasons. First, the entire wall along the right side does not align. I deleted the wall and redrew it so it planes the entire length. This added the new room/ section in line where your balcony is located. I then broke the wall at the balcony area and made the wall invisible in that location, Keep in mind that roofs build over rooms and your file has no room in that area.You will need to delete the base molding in that little invisible room or it shows in 3D.

    Column size and spacing is set in the rail dbx so you need to do the math to set them in place...or...you edit the dbx so no rails, balusters and newels are shown and then manually place the components


    I did not evaluate the framing. Too many differences in how framers work from region to region and building codes etc.to be helpful.


    Hope this helps





    773138660_EC0392DavisLove ricatic edit.plan

  2. I opened the defaults dbx, opened levels and level one and it showed a 12 5/8" first floor framing for default...opened the first floor and it shows 4" slab with defaults not checked... checked defaults and the framing instantly appeared...built second level and checked structure...12 5/8" floor framing...I believe this is what you desired...Hope this helps





  3. I rebuilt the roof and see why you didn't...the roof blows up...I undid the roof rebuild and manually adjusted the roof planes to create the asked for gable...I set the wall to "balloon Thru" per Steve Nestors tip and removed the sub fascia...looked good to me













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    This has been a major PITA for me forever...I have spent days trying to get a deeper foundation wall with a monolithic slab...I stumbled into this solution though...I changed 3 walls of your foundation to illustrate my solution...I left the rest for you to play with...all I did was change your slab footing in the foundation dbx to the values you will see in my hack...good luck...


    I see that Eric has added a video showing the methodology to do this...Thanks Eric







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  5. 1 hour ago, solver said:



    Please be mindful of sending Home Designer users over to ChiefTalk, especially when you don't know what software they are using.


    We would prefer they not start asking questions there as well and some don't understand the differences between HomeTalk and ChiefTalk.


    Steve has a YouTube channel and providing a link to it would provide the user the same level of help, and keep them away form ChiefTalk.

    Just trying to help...

  6. Steve Nestor just did a fantastic tutorial on exactly this subject over on Chief Talk...thread is titled Get Under There...currently at bottom of page 2...I see the demo also is posted in Chief Talk Tips and Techniques...maybe Steve could repost it here as well...

  7. Due to layer restrictions in the HD software(no additional layers), you can only control the display via the display options dbx. I handle issues like this by pulling back the stairs to the bath wall. The partial stairs show as in your hand drafted example and the bath room displays as expected. Stair details are displayed in section drawings

  8. I have been there...and I understand your frustrations...your construction expertise is causing them...you believe that you know how to build what you are designing and you will force this stupid program to bend to your methods...nope...you will lose every time...BTDT...David J Potter once  posted that, and I paraphrase, "this program has been designed by some very smart people but they know little about real world construction practices and methods". This is golden info...


    Here is my advice...slow down...this is a very powerful but very sophisticated tool...it has no reasoning abilities and can't do anything without direction...these directions come from either default settings in the setup of the plan or in directives you place in the various choices given in the dialog box...learn as much as you can from every dialog box that pops up or you open...do not ignore the warning boxes...take the time to understand their content...it will get better...


    But with all that said, you will still be saying " now why the heck did it do that????"


    Good luck in your journey...don't give up because the program does what it should...when you give it proper direction





  9. Thanks...


    DJP...I looked at that KB before I posted...I do not see any advice within regarding angled wall braces...


    Eric...I am aware of using a backsplash for a workaround but was hoping for a framing solution..


    Is there a way to draw framing members at a "Z" axis angle?...or a way to rotate the framing in "Z" axis






  10. i am building a demo model of a pole barn for a potential client. I need to provide diagonal x blocking between the first two poles adjacent to each corner from slab level at the corner and top of the poles. I show a kludged cad box filled orange and a CAD line showing the desired path in the cross section view. I have searched both the Help and Knowledge Base to no avail...Help would be much appreciated.


    As an aside, if I can close the deal, I will be upgrading to CA X12. I have been working on the project in the trial version and realize it is a better product.






    Demo Barn-Rod.plan

  11. 12 hours ago, Mario_Rapinett said:

    I'm about to purchase similar printer .  I look forward to more info on this topic.  thanks



    As this thread is 9 moths old I felt your post deserved an update of my experience...Firstly, I am more than satisfied with the printer...It took a bit of trial and error to get layouts to look like "I" wanted...if you purchase this printer, just hang in there while arranging your printing defaults...


    One other thing that changed the printing game is I upgraded to HD 2021 Pro when it became available...HD 2021 Pro added new print capabilities that I desired...and immediately put to use...


    Unknown to me, my brother bought the Brother laser version similar in features to the ink jet printer. He is also quite pleased with his choice...



  12. The only logical spot for the stairs is where you placed them...but they were on the first floor...I built them from the basement and was able to fit them in but they are a bit steep (they meet code in Michigan where rise max is 8.25" and run minimum is 9"). I do not know what Maine"s stair code allows...


    Adding enough width to the area at the stair bottom to accommodate 1 more step would make the stair legal in most places...an additional foot or so would allow for 11" treads and 7.5" rise...


    While the stair works, the stair well narrows the living room considerably...I did not spend any time making the stair case pretty...that's your job..


    Hope this helps...





  13. first, welcome to the Chief Architect world...you have found the Home Designer web board forum...one may assume you actually have Home Designer Pro software not Chief Architect Premier...but which version?...and posting the ".plan" file is how you receive the best help...