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  1. Has anyone used Home Designer Pro to detail cabinet construction? I plan to build my own kitchen cabinets. There are a few reasonably priced design software programs available for creating detailed designs of cabinets, but I would like to avoid this if I can use Home Designer Pro. Wondering if the CAD option can be used to create 2D plan details, showing dimensions for each part of the cabinet construction. I realize that this is not the primary function of the program, but thought I would ask just in case. Thanks!
  2. Has anyone used both 2016 and 2017? Wondering if there have been improvements to the newer version that would warrant the $99 upgrade from Home Designer Pro 2016 to the same in 2017.
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    Deck Railing

    I got a request to show what I did, so attached is a screen shot. Hope this helps Deck Rail Settings.tiff
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    Deck Railing

    I figured it out. Had to do some digging into the manual. Need to select panels for it to work. Thanks for your effort :-)
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    Deck Railing

    I'm trying to convert a standard deck railing to a cable type. I see that it is in the library, but when I change the balusters to cable the cabling is 90 degrees to the rail. I had this figured out a few months back, but can't seem to make it work this time around. Can anyone advise? BTW - I have DP2016.
  6. Thanks - should have caught that one
  7. I'm pretty sure this was caused by one of my many SKP file imports. I'm not sure it really effects my plan other than providing this annoying reminder every time I open a 3D view. If anyone can provide the root cause of this and a fix, that would be great. May help me when working on any future designs with the program. Graphic File Error.tiff
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    iPad Viewer

    I have been creating a layout page then printing/saving as a PDF and then storing the file in a PDF reader APP for the iPad.
  9. With all the features that HD Pro offers, I'm surprised that the program can't calculate the amount of sheet rock required for a given area. Anyway, I did use the manual approach with help from an APP on my iPad that I thought might be helpful. It's called Home Builder Pro Calcs. It offers three options for calculating the amount of dry wall sheets and even tells you the required fasteners, joint compound and tape required. The APP has other cost and materials calcs that have come in handy for my budgeting purposes. I recall it costing just a few bucks and well worth the investment. Hope this helps.
  10. I've been away for a while, so the reason for my delay in replying. I'm using HD Pro 2016 and the command I used was to create a materials list. I did have a monolithic slab chosen for the garage. I unchecked that box and this step eliminated the error. However, when I run the materials list, there is nothing showing for masonry. I do see the foundation walls under general, but that's it. I have attached a copy of my plan in the event it may help locate the problem and suggest a solution. Smith Lake Home Plan copy.plan.zip
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    Material List

    When I create a material list, I get the error attached. I also noticed that if I ignore the error message, there aren't any items listed under the masonry category. Does anyone have an idea as to what might cause this? Thanks! Material List Error.tiff
  12. Since my plan is attached to this blog stream, I thought that I would post a new issue that I found. Not sure how it happen, but I was making some modifications to the walls and did on one recent revision raise the garage floor. Perhaps someone can advise a easy fix for what is shown, since you can access the garage structure. Thanks also for both suggestions to the wall problem. I'll try the pony wall solution first since it requires less steps and I have Pro2016. Garage Wall Shift.tiff
  13. Thanks to all - fixed by moving the cars. I guess the garage floor shows up on the lower level, since it's considered a foundation?
  14. Sure - see compressed file 116 Brown Lane - Neil Home T.plan.zip
  15. If you look at the attached .tiff file, you will note that my interior wall is extending through the ceiling & roof, showing on the exterior wall where there should be siding. Can anyone suggest how I can resolve this so the exterior wall matches the adjacent? Siding Issue.tiff
  16. My garage is on the main floor and the walls along with details show up on the main floor in plan view, but the foundation details, along with 3D cars I placed show up on the lower/basement level. This confused my contractor when reviewing the plans, so I was wondering if there is a remedy for this? If there is no easy fix, can anyone offer up a reason as to what may have caused this so I can prevent on future designs. See attached .tiff files Basement Level.tiff Main Floor Plan.tiff
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    Archive Files

    I noticed that I have quite a few (back up/archive) files in the Home Design Archive Folder. Total, they take up quite a bit of disc space on my hard drive. Is there any issue with deleting this files if the back ups are no longer needed?
  18. I am trying to get an idea of how the terrain and position of the home will effect the excavation and site work needs. I have attached a PDF "layout" showing the home with the terrain. The terrain data was obtained using a combination of topo data of a site plan from our designer and elevation points at home outside corners taken by my surveyor. The topo data was provided through USGS maps. The terrain shown is very close to what I experienced walking the site and is shown with the setting of 6" for the subfloor height of the main floor. Would this be the appropriate setting or would you use another section of the home for the terrain base? For example: the garage floor or basement floor. Thanks Elevation Site Plan Draft-Layout.pdf
  19. I have used the camera view lighting tool to add light where I have imported 3D fixtures to my plan. I have since made some modifications and would like to delete these "add light" where I have deleted a fixture. I realize that I can turn them on and off, but I feel there should also be a way to delete them so I can clean up my plan. Any suggestions? Add Light.tiff Light Spec Window.tiff
  20. Thanks - this helped tons. I went into my own file and set up the blank wall - totally eliminated the issue. I'll look further into your suggestions for the 2nd floor.
  21. Is there a way you can upload the changes so I can see better what you are suggesting with in the plan? BTW - We had a designer work on this. I just traced over what he did and then have made some minor room changes. We wanted to get a 3D view and check spaces with furniture and such. Also using program to design electrical and other items. Thanks!
  22. Thanks for the advise. This help with 90% of the issue. There are still two walls showing high after I adjusted the ceiling height back to 120". Any thoughts on fixing this minor problem. See attached PDF Walls.pdf
  23. I'm not sure what I did to cause this, but when I added stairs to my plan, some walls on the main level changed heights. I'm guessing the addition of the stairs caused the issue, since I made a plan copy prior to doing this add in case the plan got messed up. It also looks as thought the wall heights that changed are in line with the height of the stairs. Can you advise what may have caused this so I can prevent from happening again? Also, is there a way to fix the problem with in my last REV, since I had made (mostly electrical) adds to the plan that I would prefer not having to redo. Do to the file size I will need to post the zip plan files separate. Attached to this post is the latest REV Thanks 116 Brown Lane - Neil Home REV3A-RWPK copy 2.plan.zip
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    Floor molding

    Is there a way to delete or change the molding type of a single wall with in a room?
  25. Thanks. I was able to work with the CAD lines, so that is resolved. I used text to place number 3 for 3 way switches, but could not figure out I just the text size. I did use the dialogue and made changes, but it did not seem to affect the size of the text displayed in 2-D. Any suggestions?