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    I enjoy landscape design and hiking on the many trails nearby.

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  1. I think there must be a difference between the 2018 and 2020 versions. I eliminated the upper roof pitch, and adjusted the "fake roof" pitch to 11 (somehow that ended up at 8 in my previous version), and finally with the "fake dormer" tweaked the roof pitch to 5 11/16" to get the two sets of roofs to meet at the top. I do have a weird thing happening with the framing view. You can see the ridge pole extending all the way to the outside edge, but with the main body of the house there are two 2x's on each side of the ridgepole which extend up an inch or so.
  2. Thanks Jo_Ann, I think I followed it pretty carefully, but it didn't quite work the same as yours:) I tried it a few times, always getting the same result. I've attached my file. Thanks, Tom 29x32withHigherfrontBackWalls-6.27.21.plan
  3. I realize that there is one other option which is to have the lowest part of the gable roof be 4 or 5' off the floor (the floor currently sits on the tops of the first floor walls). I just can't figure out how to make the walls shorter front and back? I'd like to try having the wall be 5' off the floor, with a 12" pitch roof, and then add the wide shed dormer.
  4. I figured it all out and it looks great on the outside. But on the inside the angled walls are eating up usable space. I know that I could box them in, but it seems like such a waste of space. So I'd like to draw it out with what I would call a fake shed dormer. This is what I have now: You can see with this interior shot that it's a pain to deal with. This is what I'd like to do. Or maybe like this: The arrows show where I'd like to apply an overhanging roof to the face of the building. It would look like there i
  5. What I did might have looked OK, but when you look inside you find that the floor is level with the bottom of the window. I actually wanted the roof on each side to extend down to the top plate of the first floor. I ended up creating a new layout following parts of the video called "Drawing a Shed Dormer Manually" ( But then switching over to using the dormer tool based on "Creating an Automatic Dormer" (
  6. I take it back, using the dormer tool worked this time. I'm not sure why it wasn't working previously. I'm new to the program, lots to learn! Thanks!!
  7. In the photo I see a dormer that seems to be set back from the face of the building. Not sure what the cross section is about?
  8. Hey Eric, Thanks for the tips on my signature which I've updated. I have viewed a few of your videos which are great! When I tried using the dormer tool, I could not manage to create a wall dormer. They were always set back from the first floor wall. Is there a way to use the dormer tool to create a wall dormer (where the wall from below extends up to the face of the dormer? Jo_Ann, I'm pretty sure my file included the dormers, one on each side of the house. But just in case, I've attached the updated file again. Thanks all! Tom 28x30 starting
  9. Hi, I actually have two issues. First, I've created a wall dormer on both sides of a gable roof, and want to add a full return so there is a separation between the fist and second floors. Without this the dormer looks massive. Here is what I have so far - the arrows show where I want the full return. I've found instructions on how to do this, but can't figure out how to do it with Home Designer Architectural (not Pro). The dormer took some doing to figure out, but it's now looking good except for a little triangular blank spot at the base of each: