hue34402

Offsetting Walls

Recommended Posts

I have only used CAD before and have recently tried the architectural version.  I am working on a basement design and need to create different walls.  In CAD I know you can offset a wall to a certain dimension very easily.  However, I do not see this option with this program.  What do I use to "offset" walls and know exactly where I am placing them?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Home Designer is CAD, it's just a bit different from most other CAD packages.

 

You may use Temporary Dimensions -- click a wall and change the temporary dimension, or use the Transform/Replicate tool to move items along the X, Y or Z axis.

 

Check out the links below, and there is a tutorial in the Reference Manual linked under Help.

 

--------------

 

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. Doing so makes it always available, and this info is often key to providing a good suggestion

 

Resources for self help:

 

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

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Unlike 2D CAD applications, 3D object-orientated programs like Home Designer and Chief Architect have constraints imposed by its 3D nature. Home Designer titles other than Pro have built-in limitations in this regard (customizing wall types, their 3D layering etc). A 3D object like a wall or symbol is defined along 3 axises by default whereas AutoCAD and other such programs are just 2D lines in a 2D plane.

 

DJP

  • Downvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would recommend using the Reference Floor Display to see an outline of the floor above/below the one you are working on. Then you can use the dimension tools to set the exact offset that you want. Example attached.

 

These help resources specifically talk about using the reference floor display:

 

This is a bit easier to do in Chief Architect Premier because you can dimension to the reference floor display without needing to draw reference lines.

cantilever.zip

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in



Sign In Now