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    Home design, art (former art major), automobiles (incurable car nut: especially older European cars, especially Jaguars), history, outdoors.

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  1. I must fervently thank you Eric for all the help, especially as it's on the weekend! I have added roof capping on the flat parts of the parapet (so far just the top and one side bit). Tedious to get it just right but worth the trouble. After a bit of rest and a glass of wine, I'll pull aside the finial from the other wing of the parapet and cap it as well but for now my eyes are tired of staring at my screen. Thanks again. Also thank you for the older thread about using the backsplash to create angled trim, to help another user to create wainscot paneling along a stairway. Tha
  2. I realized after your last post Eric that one of the problems was that I hadn't created any roof planes over the parapet. It was just a wall sticking up. I added roof planes to the sloped sections of parapet and that fixed that very nicely. It also created the fascia for the top of the sloped sections of the parapet and I can see that to really be complete I'd do the same for the flat sections. Thanks so much! Meanwhile, fixing that somehow also fixed the "board" jutting out from the edge of the parapet's side. Hmm...
  3. Well I thought I'd attached the image:
  4. It took me a bit to find the backsplash tool but I did and it worked as advertised to create those angled trim boards. I was pleased to see that I could even specify their thckness and increase it from 3/4" to 1". When I placed those angled trim boards, however, I found that (for whatever unknown reason) there was a bulge in the left-side sloped parapet wall top surface. When I pulled that out, I got a new problem that no tweaking will now seem to eliminate, namely, that bogus "board" sticking out horizontally from the left edge of the parapet. I already had and still have that
  5. Okay, I'll try harder to figure out how to use backsplash. I must have missed something. I'll also see if I can figure out how to use ceiling plane for the parapet cap. Thanks. Granville
  6. I am trying to create a parapet wall on a gable end and struggling to figure out a way to make angled (in this case 45 degrees as the roof is 12/12 pitch) trim along the rake edge of this parapet. I managed to make trim for the horizontal parts but so far no manipulation of CAD shapes or anything else I can find seems amenable to being suitably angled and placed flat against the wall. I saw another thread that seemed vaguely related, wherein suggestions of using backsplash or soffits to make such plant-ons (in that case for a Tudor style house). I struck out on those possibilities so am app
  7. These suggestions are terrific, not only for this specific task but as a reminder to be creative within the menus. These "metal" frame doors would have been exactly what I needed for one plan I was developing. If I return to it or similar, I'll look forward to using these tips. Granville
  8. I look forward to seeing any helpful answers for this query as your idea would be quite useful. Granville
  9. Quite disappointed to see this answer about layers. I had previously been doing plans in Autosketch, which does have layers. I was using it because I'm designing a new house to replace my existing one, in more or less the same spot on the ground, except much larger. I had created a detailed plan of the existing house and put it in one layer, then designed a new house, putting it in another layer. This enabled me to better place the plan on the ground and able to turn off the existing house layer, as needed. I was excited to get Chief Architect so I could visualize my various
  10. Thanks so much Eric! I really thought I'd set up those defaults before I started but a lot went badly wrong along the way. I'm stumbling along and trying to learn. Your two videos, showing the corrections--and how my mistakes might better have been avoided--are tremendously helpful! I will have to rewatch them a few times to drill this all into my superannuated noggin but promise to learn and move onward and upward, thanks to you! I promise that I was planning to raise the celings upstairs (to nine feet) but although I had done it on a previous plan had forgotten how, without raising the
  11. Thanks Eric! Here's the file. Granville NS House 1.102.plan
  12. Thanks Eric. I added that info to my signature. I have watched a lot of the training videos, including on YouTube, some of them multiple times, to make sure I understand. I did search the programs helps extensively and tried several different searches on this forum. The rooms are defined. They go grey when I click on each of them and their room names are displayed. Granville
  13. This is my first post. I've been working with Home Designer Pro 2021 for a couple months and created several designs for our home. I've had lots of problems and mostly worked through them in my own, helped a lot by forum posts and on-line tutorials (thank you!). As I started creating another design concept for our proposed house, I have run into a new-to-me problem that has me stumped. I tried using help and searching this forum but no luck there. In this 2-story house design, the floor (structure and all) will not display, leaving the intersecting walls and doors hanging in the space. A