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  1. TomDesign

    Brick trim around windows

    I want to show brick trim details when I look at the house with the orthographic full overview. I have some rectangular windows and an oval window. I would like to show brick trim on the sides and top of the windows for example standing the bricks on end along the tom of the window (soldiers), stacking a row flat on the sides and extending the depth of some bricks by a half inch or so. Can you point me to a tuturial or video that demonstrates this? I have searched the knowledge base and google and can't find out how to do this. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Terrain in front of garage

    I have the default terrain turned on for ortho view. Since the garage floor is about 1 foot lower, the terrain cuts off the bottom part of the garage door. How do I get the terrain to be lower in front of the garage door? I haven't put in the driveway yet because of this.
  3. TomDesign

    Place door under wall break

    I have a long wall that has a break in it because of a gable over a section of that wall. I want to place a patio door under the break. How do I place the door under the break so it spans both wall sections?
  4. TomDesign

    Send Orthographic view to someone

    Update - In my HD Pro, the export 3d stl is not available, it is grayed out under Export.
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    Send Orthographic view to someone

    David, That link seems to have expired. It brought me to a location with an error message. I will look into it further. Kat, Thanks for the idea. From what I can tell, reading about it, it only works with Chief Architect products, not with Home Designer. I didn't try it to see. Tom
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    Send Orthographic view to someone

    Is there a way I can send an orthographic view to someone so they can rotate the house and look at it from different angles? Like some kind of file that has a 3d viewer?
  7. TomDesign

    Import photo for a terrain

    I had some success. I was able to trace the driveway and some existing out buildings, and the outline of the lot. Thanks for the help. Tom
  8. TomDesign

    Import photo for a terrain

    Thanks. I'll try both ideas and see how it works.
  9. TomDesign

    Masonry stone arch above garage door

    How would one bend the lintel into an arch shape? Yes, it would need to be proud of the rest of the wall, but only by about 2". I don't remember seeing a lintel in the program, but it makes sense there is one.
  10. TomDesign

    Import photo for a terrain

    Are you saying that once imported, we can't resize the image? Where do I import an image so it shows up in the terrain? I can externally resize it and orient north before importing if needed.
  11. TomDesign

    Import photo for a terrain

    I see how we can import a photo to use to trace a floor plan, but is there a way to import an aerial photo to use for a terrain (or to use as a template to create a terrain? My county website has a nice aerial photo, or possibly google earth could be used. Tom
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    Masonry stone arch above garage door

    I would like to build a decorative stone arch above a garage door. This would have the stones placed vertical in a low arch over the double garage door with horizontal stones going up the right and left of the door and extending above the arch. I searched and did not see how to do this. Any links or hints/instructions would be appreciated.
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    Roof goofyness

    I'll give that a try.
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    Roof goofyness

    I think I tried that. I'll try again. How do you make a four gable roof? Think of a rectangular room with all four walls as full gable. Each outside wall is a gable. From the top view, the roof ridges look like a + . I have seen farm houses like this. I have tried this using 8 roof planes but cant get them all at the same height. The program gives an error box when I try to join roof planes together and click on the second plane. I'm trying to do this as a learning example. I get it almost right but ...
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    Roof goofyness

    I got the roofs done manually. Now I am having trouble with the "saddle" that is needed between the two roofs so rain can run off properly. I can make the triangular roof plane, but cant get it to make the proper pitch so it goes down to the eaves. I want the top of the "saddle" to be the same height as the single car garage roof ridge. I have watched several tutorials and videos, but none showed how to snap a roof plane point to another point at an unknown pitch. Any hints would be appreciated. Attached is my current test plan.RoofTest1.plan