Building Phase Seperation


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When doing a remodel there is three basic parts to the process:

1 - The Existing building that will not change

2 - The Area to Demo

3 - The area to add New

Is there a way to separate or "Block" each of these stages separately, so when I generate a parts cut lost I do not mix up the Existing part of the building where no cut list is required, with the New areas where the materials list is desired?


Also.... Is there a way to "Shade or color" the groups separately?  IE - Existing as a Grey scale or hidden line and the NEW addition area as colored to show the area of work more clearly?


Thanks, Matte

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It helps if we know what title (Suite, Pro etc) and version (2014, 2015 etc) you are using. You can add this info to your signature by clicking on your user name at the top right of the page, click My Settings, then Signature on the left. 


If you will post images and/or the plan file, that will help as well. Make sure it's closed in Home Designer first. You can zip it if it is to big to post.


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As for your question, doing this is tedious in the Home Designer titles, and not much better in Chief Architect.


You could create new wall types for each wall -- existing, demo and new, giving them different colors/fill.


You could also use something with a transparent fill to show the areas.


The materials list is more difficult, I believe. You could delete everything but the new work, then base your materials on that plan. You then need to account for the materials in the mixed areas where the new and old meet. 


Materials are not difficult to calculate by hand, and doing so helps you think through the building process.
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Thanks, Hopefully the update reflects the "Pro" status.  That is sort of what I was thinking, I have only had the program for a few days, still haven't had time to play with it too much. I haven't tried making two models yet, Exist and New and seeing if I can Copy/ Xref into each other?  Too bad we can only import from SketchUp and not export!  Even if we loose all intelligence to the parts, At least we could group and color differently for presentation purposes only?

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