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Complicated roof in Suite 2018

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I'm trying to duplicate my house in Suite 2018, but I don't know if it's possible to do a roof as complicated as mine without the pro version.  The enclosed porch off the back  was initially supposed to be just a deck, but at the last minute the builder decided to enclose it, so it has a different pitch.  In Chief Architect it's always wanting to put the roof centerline at the centerline of the house instead of the original center prior to the deck enclosure.  I've tried several different ways to get it moved, but it never works out right.  Can this be done without the pro version?

 

(Enclosed deck is the portion with the siding instead of brick, and has the shallower pitch.  Also, I still have to add the 2nd floor over the far side gabled roof area, but didn't want to futz with that until I knew I could get the roof right.)

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Roofline 1.jpg

Roofline 2.jpg

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You will need to plug in your pitch and other dimensions, but this should get you started.

 

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I see you said Suite, but ...

 

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Thanks for the picture you attached, by the way.  I had actually achieved something much like that, but it doesn't seem to work when I add dormers on the front of the house.  It's like it can no longer calculate the right roof pitch once the dormer on the other side is put in.  I'll try again, though.  Maybe I missed something the first time through.

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Post your plan file (close Suite first) and a couple more pictures of the house and someone will work on it, if you still are having trouble.

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Here's what it does when I try to use the "upper pitch" option.  It works where there's a parallel wall in the front of the house with the pitch I want to match, but if there's no parallel wall with that pitch, as I have here due to the full gable for that corner of the house, the pitch from the front of the house just wants to mirror the first pitch from the back of the house.  If I did it right, the plan is attached.

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Eudailey House 2nd Story.plan

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Why are you doing this? Planning a remodel, just having fun?

 

While the software should be able to do this -- it's not that complex, and you seem to have your settings correct, I'm guessing it's not going to be so easy.

 

I could manually fix the roof in just a few minutes, but then you could never change it. You could upgrade to Pro -- you only pay the difference in price, or you could rent Pro at $50/month.

 

Or someone else might find a way to make it work in Suite.

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It is unlikely that you will get the roof built right until you add the 2nd floor.

 

You should also post pics of the front of the house, and the far side, too.

 

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Eric,

I'm doing it partly for fun, and partly just to learn the program, but there's also a room in that exact part of the house where the roof difficulty is that is currently just a large unused attic that I'd like to finish off.  I don't know how much more I'll be using the program beyond our own house, so I doubt upgrading to pro would be a worthwhile investment.  May still do it, though,  At some point my wife and I would like to design and build our own house.

 

Jo Ann,

You're right.  I should attempt the 2nd floor before proceeding further.  At first I thought it'd be a simple thing to throw on, but now that I see how difficult it's going to be I think I'll do the 2nd floor first.  Maybe it'll present some answers.  And if not, at least I'll only have to figure the roof out once.  I'll post some more pics of the house soon.

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I agree with Jo Ann, that if you have, or plan a 2nd floor, it needs to be part of the model.

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