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    Attic Walls above open areas won't appear in 3D view.

    Hello ConleeH I opened your plan in HDPro 2021 Trial and get the same results as you -- missing wall segments as shown in the pic below. I'm surprised that it does not occur with Solver's install of the software. I have experienced this same issue in the past while working on plans. Lately, I have seen posts/plans from others that are experiencing similar issues with missing wall segments over roof planes. Maybe there is a basic setting that is unchecked, or a default setting that isn't correct. I ran a plan check on your plan and there are some walls that are mis-aligned with those above or below, but I don't think it is the reason why the wall segments are missing. Sure there are work-arounds for this issue, but I'm wondering why the model doesn't build correctly, at least not with the most current product release. If you send this into support, please share their response -- it will be interesting to hear their opinion.
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    Terrain Import and moving your design

    Based upon a survey of the property on which you wish to build, and local building code requirements, one can manually generate the existing and finish grade elevation views of the building as you have stated. Use X, Y, and Z data you obtain from your first floor view, survey and and finish terrain/contours. As you probably already know, the property survey will provide data for the existing grade, and the appearance you or your client desires plays a large part in the finish grade and appearance of the building on the lot. If the property is in an allotment, uniformity with the neighboring houses will need to be considered, as well as surface drainage. Sometimes the developer of the allotment, the builder, or the grading contractor can provide input for the finish grade. Attached is a *.pdf site plan of my own house drawn 3 years ago with HDP 2016 used as a part of the con-doc set. The lot is tilted and has irregularly shaped boundaries, keeping the house's exterior walls aligned with the edges of the computer screen . Utilities are marked, and surface drainage was sketched within. Utilities located under the driveway were abandoned. All of the data our county required was drawn on the site plan as shown. If course, where you are located may have totally different requirements, but the concepts are the same. A south elevation view shows the existing grade and the finish grade desired, obtained from the process noted above. Permits were granted and the house is built on the lot pretty much as shown in the drawings. site plan with stormwater data.pdf south elevation.pdf
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    Terrain Import and moving your design

    Hello, Are the house walls parallel to the edges of your computer? If you rotated the house, the rotation could be causing your problem. If you have a copy of the plan saved without the terrain, and house is aligned with your screens edges, open it and the current plan with the terrain. Copy the terrain and paste it on the copy of the plan that is correct. Rotate the terrain to locate the house correctly on the terrain. Save it under a new name. This should resolve you issue.
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    Terrain slope trouble

    rfcomm2K, I would use terrain elevation lines to represent the slope of the property. At least, that is what I used to create the elevation views for my house plans drawn in back in 2016. You can specify the lines at intervals and as the slope of the property permits, and the program will interpolate between the lines to create a gentler slope. This eliminates the more abrupt changes and makes for a smoother transition between the elevation lines. It takes a bit of fiddling with the elevation lines and such, but you can end up with what you want. Start a default plan and add a terrain perimeter, and 4 - 5 terrain elevation lines. Place them at an angle across the terrain, from upper right corner to lower left corner. The lowest terrain line should be at the lower left corner of the terrain perimeter.. Then, starting at 0" in the upper right corner, define them at -12" increments. After this, generate a 3D view and look at it. You will see that it is more like you envisioned. Ultimately, a combination of the lines and regions will be necessary to get what you want.
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    Terrain slope trouble

    Hello rfcomm2k, Keep the upper terrain feature in your plan as is, 0". Break the lower terrain feature into 3 smaller terrain regions, with the highest elevation on the right region (-18"), middle region a few of inches lower, and left region lower by a few of inches, or whatever the elevations might be. Delete all of the smaller terrain regions between the gravel driveway and the road. They just cause trouble. Set the road to 0" so it just matches or follows the terrain slopes. Spread them apart so that the blending from one region to another is more gradual. Unless auto rebuild terrain is set to "on" rebuild the terrain. This should get you going.
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    Proxy Graphics for Import

    Please see pic attached. Maybe this will help.
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    Property boundary coordinates in terrain model

    Hello MikeinOregon, You should be able to left click-drag-select the terrain and points and move/rotate them. Then rebuild the terrain. If that doesn't work, post your plan file. Maybe someone can help you better.
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    Import plot plan

    Hello, Draw a horizontal or vertical wall or cad line on the workspace, of a known dimension present on your PDF drawing. This could be a wall on a structure, or a lot line, etc. Click on the imported PDF image to select it. Choose a grab handle on one of the corners of the selected PDF and resize the PDF it until the same known dimension on the PDF matches the drawn object you drew on the workspace. Rotate the selected PDF as necessary. As a check, If you used a horizontal line/object to scale the PDF, compare a vertical line dimension in a similar manner to make sure the PDF isn't distorted. If necessary, resize using a grab handle in the center of the selected PDF. Once everything matches, vertical and horizontal, scaling is done you are good to go. You will need to trace over the imported PDF to get objects onto your workspace.
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    Empty Wall below Gable Roof

    Hello, Try going to EDIT -> Default Settings -> Walls -> General Walls and make sure "Auto Rebuild Attic walls" box is checked. Worked for me. Try that. Will your house have a foundation?
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    Missing tools in toolbar Home Designer 2015

    Try this link: https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/support/article/KB-00113/restoring-toolbars.html Follow the directions for 2016 and older versions. See if this helps.
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    house addition where to start DIY design

    You can CAD-up the existing house as is, or scan the drawing(s) you have and export in a PDF form. Import the PDF into HDPro, and then scale it, CAD over the scanned copy, and go from there. Your CAD copy could probably be simplified to save time and effort, unless codes and permits requires more detail on the existing structure.
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    house addition where to start DIY design

    Hello kieranc, There is nothing preventing you from designing the addition/remodel yourself. But, depending on the county/state in which you live, the requirements may vary. I would check with codes and permits department in your city/county. As far as engineering goes, again that will be determined per above. Having an engineer scan your plans and make changes will require additional $ expenditure. Home Designer Pro has all the tools you need for a remodel, and better printing controls that the HD Archtectural, and the less capable versions. HDA of HDPro has the capability to design construction docs you would need for this. The HDpro and HDA free trials are a good place to start, but as Solver said, you cannot save your work. CA has even more design options and better print options than HDPro, but I wouldn't think CA would be necessary for this job. Here is a link to webinars where they were doing something similar in the first one. https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/products/training.html Choose the remodeling project dated today. It lasts about an hour, but it might give you insight into the process. Since you have previous CAD experience, there is a learning curve, but you will pick it up rather quickly. It's really amazing what these HD programs can do compared to their respective cost. Sure beats a pencil and paper! Good luck on your project!
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    Jimintexas, The waypoints should not move when adjusting perimeter. I imported a *.gpx file into HDPro 2019 trial last night and I could move the perimeter without affecting the waypoints positions. Perhaps your waypoints and the perimeter have been inadvertently blocked into one object. If so, you can unblock them. If you gather gps coordinates of your lot’s corners, you can use these to establish the corners of perimeter in HDPro. If you don’t already have the coordinates , you can use google satellite view or another gpx file generator to obtain them. Hopefully the gps accuracy is close enough for your desired results.
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    Strange Soffit - Act Like the Door Trim I Want You to Be!

    SeabeeMike, Opened your plan in Pro 2019 Trial. If the soffit components you used to create the header trim are locked as an architectural block, the block does not seem self-lengthen and snap to the corner. Hence, if created for a certain width door or window, copy/paste the architectural block above as needed to doors or windows the same width. Else, unlock, and adjust the components then lock again for different sized windows and doors. It's a little tedious but gets the job done, but if you prefer the header you created, done.