MauiMike

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    Sliding Window Rail Direction Question

    In my existing home's sliding windows, and I would think in every sliding window, the side you slide is always on the inner rail. The non-sliding side is always the side that is closer to the outside of the house and has no rail. So, why is that when I create a sliding window in Home Designer Suite, say as in the attached picture of a "Left sliding window" (meaning that, as viewed from the inside, the right side of the window slides to the left), you can clearly see in the attached picture that the right side of the window is on the outer rail rather than the inner rail?? Thanks!
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    Sliding Window Rail Direction Question

    The terms OX XO etc. refer to the O as being the non-moving window and the X as the moving window, as viewed from the outside (+ though it doesn't mention the rail, we all know that the moving side is on the rail, and the rail is on the interior): https://windowguru.wordpress.com/tag/xo-ox-slider-left-right-xox-xoo-oox/ (see Marvin's glossary under OX for the same: http://www.marvin.com/support/glossary)
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    Sliding Window Rail Direction Question

    So are you saying that even though we all agree that the industry standard lingo is that in a "Left sliding window" the left side slides to the right as viewed from the outside and should therefore be on the inner rail (so it could move), in Home Designer Suite the meaning is the opposite (as evidenced by the right side of the window as viewed from the inside not being on the inner rail)??
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    Sliding Window Rail Direction Question

    So why, as in my picture, this Left sliding window has the right part be the part that is closer to the outside (i.e., is not on the sliding inner rail)?
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    Sliding Window Rail Direction Question

    W What do default settings have to do with my question?? A "Left sliding window" means the left part is the part that slides, but that's AS VIEWED FROM THE OUTSIDE (http://www.windowhav...oors-determined). As viewed from the inside, it's the right side that's supposed to slide and should be on the interior, but the program puts it on the outside. So what am I missing here??
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    Sliding Window Rail Direction Question

    A "left sliding window" indeed means the left part is the part that slides, but that's AS VIEWED FROM THE OUTSIDE (http://www.windowhaven.com/faq/how-slide-direction-windows-and-doors-determined). As viewed from the inside, it's the right side that's supposed to slide and should be on the interior, but the program puts it on the outside. So what am I missing here??
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    Concrete Driveway Shape Other Than Straight

    Very helpful link--many thanks!
  8. I have a straight driveway leading to a circular driveway and would like to add a 'curving concrete area' so I can make the turn into and out of the driveway more easily (see up to red curve in picture). Is that possible? Thanks!
  9. I have a fireplace in the master bedroom and a space for its chimney in the master bathroom. For now I allocated 1' 7" for that space (see picture)--is that OK/too little/too much? Thanks!
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    Concrete Driveway Shape Other Than Straight

    Thanks for the tip--you directed me to look in the right place, and I was able to make the change I wanted (though it's hard to be very accurate to move around little lines in a nice and even curve). See attached picture.
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    How much space to leave for chimney behind wall?

    I'm attaching a couple of pictures for the other fireplace in the house--same situation. I don't see many people doing it (having a wall protrusion for the chimney flue in room behind room with fireplace, so that the room with the fireplace can avoid any protrusions). Does it seem OK to you? Thanks!
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    How much space to leave for chimney behind wall?

    When my floor plan is as good as I can make it before giving it to an architect, I'm sure he'll then walk me through choosing chimneys and drafting a 100% accurate plan. But since I'm not an architect, and frankly I don't even know what all the parts of a chimney are called so my google searches in this area come up short, I thought someone who uses this discussion forum would have a general idea of how much space behind the wall of a typical fireplace one typically needs to allocate, so at least my plan will not be way-off. Thanks.
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    Octagonal or Round Windows

    Is there a way to have octagonal or round windows in Home Designer Suite 2015? If not, can importing an octagonal window from 3dwarehouse somehow be made to work? Thanks!
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    Octagonal or Round Windows

    I like your idea ... but I'm not finding in 3dwarehouse a wedge that would give me the 3 sides of the octagon. Can you direct me to such a shape? Thanks!
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    Octagonal or Round Windows

    Thanks! But now that you pointed me to the right place, I'm having the following problem: I put in an octagonal window, which defaults to 36" x 36". But as soon as I change anything about its properties (dimensions, casing size, etc.), the window turns into a square! Any ideas? I was able to do a round window (see picture), but not an octagonal one.
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    Four Other Quick Questions About Home Designer Suite

    Thanks for the reply--it's one of those things that can frustrate a user, not knowing why some cabinets have toe kicks and some don't, and why I can't create one. And the reference manual doesn't mention it. That's why these user-to-user forums are so helpful.
  17. 1. Is there in fact no way to specify the dimensions of an undermount sink? 2. Is there in fact no way to have a single (hole) faucet with an undermount sink vs. the default 3 hole faucet? 3. I know how to create a 4” Blank Area on the bottom of cabinets, but how do I choose ‘toe kick’ as an option for that (I don't see it as an option I can choose from the drop down menu)? 4. I can’t figure out how to print to PDF the entire floor plan with the reference grid (the 1 foot squares background). My house and garden are 250’ wide x 100’ deep, and I don’t see an option that would fit it all in a single PDF file. Whatever paper size I choose is not big enough to fit the entire plan. And since I want to print to PDF, I don’t care about the paper size anyway. Thanks, MauiMike
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    Five Quick Questions About Home Designer Suite

    Thanks for taking the time to reply. It seems that many of my questions are about the limitations of the program (or at least my version of it), and I needed to double check that 'it wasn't just me.' For example, when I rotate the house, it bugs me that one side is white (the color of the house), and the other side is gray (because the 'sun' doesn't shine there), and I can't believe there is no setting to give me the color of my house on both sides at all times! Another example--there is no hand icon to allow me to pan the floor plan in 2D view. Another example--you say that I can control the quality setting for the 3D walkthrough, but the only way I see to get high quality is to have a high frame rate, and a high frame rate means my walkthrough ends in 10 seconds. It's a great program, and for $99 allows me to do amazing things, and I'm sure it will only get better with time, but after using it for two years while trying to plan my retirement house, I've collected some questions and I'm finally getting around to asking them, so again thanks for your replies. MauiMike
  19. 1. When most people talk about 10’ ceilings, do they mean ‘net’ (i.e., after floor tiles and ceiling finishes)? If so, and since that’s what I would also want, do I put in 120” under the Room Specifications dialog box, specifically under Relative Heights/Finished Ceiling? 2. When I do a walkthrough by using 3D/Walkthroughs/Record Walkthrough, and I walk through the entire house, the entire playback is super-fast, and lasts maybe 5 seconds. How do I control the speed of the walkthrough using this method? 3. I want the front and back of my house be ‘sunny’ simultaneously, but when I play with the Adjust Sunlight dialog box, I can only get one side of the house to be sunny, and when I rotate the house, the other side is darker. How can I get both to be equally ‘sunny’? 4. In 3D mode there is a hand icon to pan around the house. But in 2D mode, when I zoom in on my floor plan and want to move it around, I’m not seeing a hand mode to allow me to move the plan up/down/left/right, and instead I have to go down to the horizontal scroll bar and to the right for the vertical scroll bar. Is there in fact no ‘hand’ to pan the floor plan in 2D mode? 5. If I view the whole house in 3D from the outside, the recessed lights are off. If I use the camera view and go from the outside into the inside, the recessed lights are off. Only when I do the camera view within the house are the recessed lights on. How can I have the recessed lights inside the house always be on? Many thanks, MauiMike
  20. Thank you so much Eric!!! I did a quick experiment with the feature you suggested (Edit Area), and I think it will do that job and save me days! Thank you also for your other suggestions (hopefully my signature will appear below, and re. Transform/Replicate -- I guess that's only in the Pro version. I wish they charged $250 for it rather than $500). I have a few other questions that I've accumulated over the last couple of years while using the program, and hopefully you or others will answer them as well when I post them in the coming days. All the best, Mike
  21. I've been working on my floor plan for 2 years. It's a very wide rectangular ranch-style home with a 7 foot wide hallway going through much of the house in the middle. I recently realized for budget reasons that I need to reduce the hallway from 7' to 5', but because the house is already full of details (cabinets, AC outlets, lighting, furniture, accents, etc., etc., etc.), resizing the hallway 1' less from the front and 1' less from the back would 'mess up' the many items in all of the rooms, requiring days of fine-tuning. What would be a good way to accomplish the hallway resizing with the least hassle? I thought maybe to cut all the objects from each room and paste it in a different document, then resize the hallway when the house is empty, then paste back all the objects of each room, but there is no way to paste the objects (even as a group) exactly where they were. Any ideas? Many thanks, MauiMike