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  1. davidstvz

    Measuring Height of Interior Attic Space?

    Actually, the countertop polyline is working really well so far. I just made an orthographic full overview and am viewing the roof top down and dragging the counter edge until I can just barely see it. I have it set at 8 feet above the attic "floor" (which is the top of the finished ceiling) to account for joist and rafter thickness. This is good enough since it doesn't have to be exact.
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    Measuring Height of Interior Attic Space?

    I want to mark the areas in my attic which have 7+ feet of clearance from the top of the joists to the bottom of the rafters. I can think of some ways to do this including manually measuring in elevation views, but that would be slow. Another idea: I could use a custom countertop set at a height of 7 feet above the joists then adjust the edges in 3D until they just touch the roof rafters (then trace it with a normal polyline). Can anyone think of a better way?
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    Change in Roof Pitch Along a Single Wall

    No, the ceiling height and wall height doesn’t change. The eaves, fascia and soffit are at the same height in the two sections and continue seamlessly where the roof changes. This seems to be the purpose of having the 9/12 “skirt” at the bottom of the 12/12 section. It means all the eaves are formed from 9/12 roofing and can connect seamlessly.
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    Change in Roof Pitch Along a Single Wall

    I did and just got the reply. They've said that manual roof planes are "best" in this situation. Apparently there is no work around aside from what I've already done.
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    Change in Roof Pitch Along a Single Wall

    I'd like to do a hip roof with pitch changes along a single exterior wall. Can this be done without manual roof edits (using wall directives, or roof baseline polylines, or some other technique I don't know of)? I've attached an example image of what it should look like. The ceilings are the same (9') throughout. The low roof is 9 over 12 and the higher part has a 9 over 12 skirt around the edges to match, then changes to 16 over 12 starting 0.5" from the baseline. As you can see, the 16 over 12 section has 4 main roof planes (plus the skirt) but the 9 over 12 section intersects the higher section and has only 3 planes. I've tried making this in 4 different ways and the last two ways almost work. 1) If you try to simply split the long exterior walls in half and give different pitch directives, the auto roof chooses one of the two pitches and ignores the other, so this doesn't work. 2) If you make two roof groups using a room divider, you end up with two entirely separate roofs (two points; the lower hip roof isn't joined to the higher roof because it's in a separate group). 3) If you make two roof groups as above and make roof baseline polylines, you can change the interior pitches and cause the lower roof to intersect by overlapping the interior portion of the roof baseline polylines. Set the 9 over 12 section to "against wall" and the high section to 9/12 and 16/12 to match the exterior walls, and manually intersect them by moving the "against wall" baseline into the higher roof. This works except the lower roof extends into the attic of the higher roof which isn't ideal since I'd like to visualize the attic space properly. 4) If you manually create two separate baseline polylines in the same group via copy/paste, you can set the separate roof directives as above, but since they're in the same roof group, if the outer lines are flush, a single pitch is chosen for the wall again (just as in case 1). If you separate the baseline polyline edges by a fraction of an inch along the exterior wall it creates separate planes as intended, but it creates a discontinuity along the eaves that you can see in the 3D view (pictured) and it causes the shingles over the 16/12 hip to extend all the way down whereas they should stop around 0.5" from the baseline.
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    Using Roof Baseline Polylines

    In case anyone is interested, the documentation for RBL (Roof baseline polylines) is much better for chief architect than for home designer pro. Here’s a good instruction page and a training video I found: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-00543/utilizing-roof-baseline-polylines.html https://www.chiefarchitect.com/videos/watch/706/roof-baseline-polylines.html
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    Multiple Gable slopes - no wall framing?

    You may want to attach the plan file to a post. Someone will load it up and fix it or offer suggestions.
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    Using Roof Baseline Polylines

    Here's the plan. RoofBaselines.plan
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    Using Roof Baseline Polylines

    I can upload a plan either late tonight or tomorrow morning. You don’t really need elevations through. Rooflines should all be at the height required by 10 foot walls/ceilings, except the front “stoop” which has a 12’ ceiling and roofline to match, and the section between garage and stoop which is at 11 feet. Roof pitches are all 9/12 except (assume the top of the plan is north) east and west facing planes are 12/12 over the garage, over the front stoop and over the main body of the house (so back porch is all 9/12; and the section connecting garage to house is 9/12). Also, the 12/12 sections I just mentioned all begin with a 9/12 pitch for about 18 inches before switching to 12/12. The top down view of the roof I posted is accurate except doesn’t include the 9/12 at the bottom of the 12/12 sections. I’ve since added that using the upper pitch feature. Really though, just make a a long rectangular “house” with two different roof pitches along the same wall if you can. That’s the main thing I’d like to see if it can be done.
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    Figuring out object placement...

    I guess what’s odd is that they set the bounding box to 30” wide by default. But some people will want more space and codes could even change. I wish the toilet object was simply it’s actual width and there was another method for establishing clearance.
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    Figuring out object placement...

    Oddly, the width and depth of toilet objects includes some space around the toilet. For simplicity, I just set mine to 3’ wide to represent the width of the space I want for my toilet. You could use the tape measure to measure the actual toilet and shrink the size an inch or so at a time until it actually matches a real toilet. Then you just need to be careful to make sure the space it sits in is the size you want.
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    Using Roof Baseline Polylines

    The ceiling heights are the same in that area. I suppose if I played with room heights I might convince the system to generate that roof, but would that really be the best/right way to do it when the exterior walls are supposed to be at the same height? I think baseline polylines are far more appropriate here since changes to them only effect the roof.
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    change exterior material later in the process

    Defaults set what new objects are created with. To change existing objects you need to use the material painter tool. While in a 3D view, go to the menu "3D -> Material Painter" and observe the tools there. You have the painter (with several modes/options) and the eyedropper. If you choose the painter, the library window pops up and you use it to select a new material. You can also use the eyedropper to select an existing material from the 3D view. Once selected, click a surface in the 3D view to replace it's material with the one chosen. Depending on the mode of operation, other materials in the plan may or may not be replaced. It sounds like you want to use "plan mode" which replaces every identical surface with the new material using a single click. This won't concern you at the moment because you're applying materials with textures, but note that color materials (i.e. paint) have no texture associated. If you're painting colors without texture, the tool by default will not remove the texture already applied to the surface. For example, you apply color to brick and you get different color brick, not a flat non-brick surface using your color. To apply a flat color to a textured surface, removing the texture, deactivate the "blend colors with materials" option.
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    Odd sizes in Material List

    What you want to do is a feature of Chief Architect Premier: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-00095/creating-a-cut-list-of-framing-materials.html Honestly, if you just buy one normal 8' or 9' stud for each short stud and cut them, you'll be pretty close to what you want anyway. How much of those wasted 3 3/8" pieces do you think you can use? If you learn a little Excel, you can easily use the cut list to generate a custom buy list.
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    Using Roof Baseline Polylines

    I agree, it is a straightforward hip roof designed by a professional architect which I am not. However, I don't see any way to auto-generate it from wall directives. In particular, how do you create two different pitches along the same wall (as in the east and west walls of this structure)? I personally find the baseline polylines to be a very intuitive system with more ease and power than wall directives while being not nearly as complex as manual roof editing. If you've mastered manual roof editing, I can see why you would disregard it, but there are a lot of amateurs here who can benefit from it.