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Building Adobe style walls, multiple issues

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Great program if you are building with kindling sticks, but if your intent is anywhere else in the world, this program has big faults that are difficult to over come.

First - walls, I have 'made the definitions of the construction typical of south west, and that is European and basically any South American construction technique.

 

Problem 1 - I have to make the walls for each plan, takes hours, even though the material list is saved. Issue - cannot transfer walls to a new plan, if you know how, please advise.

 

Problem 2 - How do I get the partial second floor walls, and the "gable" walls to build properly as is shown in this photo?  Note I have searched the forum and user detail for days, and there must be something that is happening when I define the walls that messes 'stick build programming'. That then leads into porch building - seems crazy, why doesnt a roof build over four columns and a beam tied to the wall??? 

 

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When you are new many things seem hard. This is due to your needing to really learn the software you have and not due to any short comings it has.

 

You have not stated what software you are using, Home Designer has several differing titles within the current version (2017). Each of these applications have differing abilities, so without knowing what you have, a precise answer to your questions is uncertain.

 

Asto your question #2 again I must need to know what software application you have in order to answer that question. There are several ways to accomplish what you want done, it all comes down to what you have. The attached images were done about 16 years ago. None of them required a curved front but I have done those as well.

 

DJP

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1) Please fill out your Signature -- see below.

 

2) The software uses the concept of a template plan. When you create a new plan, you are really opening a copy of a template plan.

 

You may edit these templates, adding your own items -- like walls, so they are available in new plans.

 

3) Have you searched Parapet Wall? Lots of previous discussion.

 

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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 Account Settings, then Signature on the left. 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources for self help:

 

 

 

The built in Help System (always a good place to start)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Everything DJP and Solver said is relevant.  
Add your program title AND it's version in your signature, if you expect to get help.
You also need to upload your plan, in order to get specific help.


You have chosen to build a complicated roof for a newbie.   Some of it will probably have to be modeled in Sketchup and imported into the plan.


Problem 1-.   Ever heard of copy/paste???

 

Lastly, if you are wanting software that does flips, then you need to upgrade to Chief Premier (used by architects and building contractors).   
It is pricey, and has an extensive learning curve.

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Filled out profile with HOME DESIGNER PRO 2017  "should have been part of the sign up process", really.

JoAnn, Ever heard of Bill Gates?  All his software is self teachable, even Apple, once you go Mac you never go back, Photoshop self taught before there were forums.

so PLZ.

Never heard of paraphet wall, did not come up in multiples of searches, and I expect if you search "walls dont transfer over to new plan", something  in the base CA s/w help section would come up to guide someone

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Adding on to this front porch, four columns, you position a header beam, what does a builder do next???

The software needs to respond same way.  Leave it open or make a roof and to that point, BUILD>ROOF> need to make it easier, should work, just like stick building is.

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Parapet Wall returns nothing found...on this forum, but google, well that doesn't address if (Y/N) need to make a second floor and how to make the curved section.

 

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Upload you're plan, so that members can address you're complaints.

So far you have only showed a picture.

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I made a video but it did not turn out. I drew the roof planes manually. The curved wall I did  in a cross section camera using manual wall breaks to reshape it.

 

DJP

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there appear to be roof planes present, right?

the why doesn't the roof show with BUILD ROOF>>>?  It should or the s/w should tell you it isn't dong anything.  For example when I click build auto roof, it still doesnt show.

 

 

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If you want a custom roof manually building the roof is the ONLY way to go. Here is a follow up video tutorial I made this morning. I am sorry but this type of roof requires more advanced procedures

 

 

DJP

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David, thank you, I will study in detail over next few days...

 

on to one of the other issues mr SOLVER point about saving walls to a template,

 

I followed the instructions in CA>>>Creating and Using a Plan Style Template

 

open new plan, default and set up the walls, windows, what ever else,

 

BUT! it says

To save a template

  1. Select File> Templates> Save Plan as Template SaveTemplate.png?1467754396.

now on the base  page of the s/w WHERE??? can I find that option

 

 

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Joann - thanks for the ref to sketch up, an arch friend of mine recommended it over this s/w months back to do simple stuff then move to cad.

 

I have to tell you in less that 5 minutes from down load a 30 day trial start using sketch up, I had the pic imported and all the major lines drawn of the front facade.

Point is easy to use - logical and where there are instructions what they tell you do is what is in the software on your computer.

 

I was thinking to export it into this program with a new template so over the last couple of hours been setting that up>>>then >>> trying to get that to save.  

 

but please, if the software help button lead you down blind dead end, how do you expect people to be able to stick with this? learning curve is one thing, but just flat out dropping bad instructions, just plain wrong.

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That is an option in Chief Architect, not Home Designer.

 

You need to do it manually.

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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 Account Settings, then Signature on the left.

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Acropolis

Once again...copy/paste.

Open a plan with the wall type that you want to reuse .   Select and copy the wall.

Open a new plan and tile it beside the other plan.

In the top toolbar, select edit/ paste, and paste the wall type into the new plan.

This wall type will now show up in the default wall types (edit/default settings/exterior wall)  offered for use in this new plan.

Set it there, as the wall type that you want to use.

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2 hours ago, Acropolis said:

on to one of the other issues mr SOLVER point about saving walls to a template,

 

I followed the instructions in CA>>>Creating and Using a Plan Style Template

 

open new plan, default and set up the walls, windows, what ever else,

 

BUT! it says

To save a template

  1. Select File> Templates> Save Plan as Template SaveTemplate.png?1467754396.

now on the base  page of the s/w WHERE??? can I find that option

 

 

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You are looking at Chief Architect info, not Home Designer.

 

With Home Designer, you must do a Save As and overwrite the existing template. I'd save it first.

 

A forum search should bring up enough to explain more.

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here we go, one support search that doesn't differentiate between types of software, my God, you have to be kidding, that's like giving you a Camaro with FIAT 500 drive train, c'mon, I hope some of you are from the company and can see that there are a good deal of people that buy software some DIY, some looking to do a lot more, I see the DIY alot in the searches I've done, but why in the world would you give an answer for s/w that it doesn't apply to?  This is the Company's HELP button search.

 

Here is a good one that you amy know then since its not coming up as possible, how do I change the wall height of a sing wall.

 

Logical???

Yes, the page that defines a single wall has the width, the length, but the height?? C'mon, this is too crazy, it should be on that same page, or be able to click it and just raise it

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32 minutes ago, Acropolis said:

Here is a good one that you amy know then since its not coming up as possible, how do I change the wall height of a sing wall.

 

You should spend some time reviewing the videos I linked above, and reading the manual. 

 

You also need to tell us what product you are using. If you can't do that as I have suggested above, I can't be bothered to offer additional help.

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Ive told you twice now and it in my profile, as good as the software lets it be, HOME DESIGNER PRO 2017

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the problem is the help...you know that little button at the right side top???      it is interactive and shows you what to do,

 

here is the next good one>>>>

 

  break wall,   in the s/w I have break wall is not an option, this is a joke, the software that is, how can you have a help button within a given s/w that you have purchased that tells you what to do, but the option to do it isn't in in your software,  happy new year

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Wall height is controlled by room's ceiling height. You may also use Half Walls that do not reach to ceiling.

Roof Over this Room must be selected for roof to generate over rooms (it is already checked default over most room types but your plan has unchecked).

You misspell paraphet = should be PARAPET. 

 

All Home Designer software has the break wall tool (under Build -> Wall -> Break Wall if you are unfamiliar with button appearance).

 

Agree with others that you are getting upset without understanding how the software functions.

 

Go through the User's Guide first to gain understanding, then look at the videos and articles and post questions on specific things you aren't sure of.  Try not to get upset when asking for gaining understanding with others.

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