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Toolman11k

Square Footage Calculation Issue

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Note, I posted this in Chief Talk (the incorrect location)

I have Home Designer Pro 2021

The issue I have is the living area is not adding up correctly, I have checked the settings of each space and also have tried switching between "Main Layer" and "Surface" based on feedback from technical support, however it still seems to be wrong. I think the issue may be in how I created the staircase to the attic. I would also assume i have done some other things the "hard" way to get them to display correctly. Any feedback would be appreciated. 

I will work to add up all the spaces manually this morning and post that file a little later. 

Koen_5-10-20.plan

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I see you mentioned Pro 2021.

 

You can help everyone by adding that info to your signature (see below for how to turn them on) 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 keeps others from having to hunt for it.

 

And, turn on signature display too.

 

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Resources for self help:

 

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

 

 

 

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This is what is included in the living area. The area contained matches the living area label.

 

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9 hours ago, Toolman11k said:

Any feedback would be appreciated. 

 

I'll suggest rethinking what you have designed, and starting over. 

 

There are too many problems to list.

 

Have you considered hiring someone -- a talented designer or Architect?

 

If you choose to keep this plan, suggest you work your way around moving walls and other objects so that dimensions are either full inches, or 1/2" as a minimum. No 3/8 or 7/16 etc.

 

And if you are planning a room over the garage, it needs to be shown in the plans.

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1 hour ago, solver said:

I'll suggest rethinking what you have designed, and starting over. 

 

I disagree with Eric, as a new user you have done quite well. There are less than a dozen minor errors that can be corrected in a few minutes.

 

DJP

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8 minutes ago, DavidJPotter said:

There are less than a dozen minor errors that can be corrected in a few minutes.

 

To be clear, I was referring to the floor plan, not how the software was used.

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I did not study the first floor but mainly focused on the attic room over the garage. I think he did a good job generally.

DJP

Koen_5-10-20.plan

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Just my 2 cents...


Putting a full wall by the front entry helps to better distinguish it as an Entry.
The added small hallway by the bath & bedroom is self explaining (and much needed).
The half wall at the stairs, makes them more inviting.

 

You have "auto build roof" turned off, so why haven't you fixed the 2nd floor?

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Thank you everyone for the help and feedback, I sorted out the issue with the room sq' displays, it takes off the sheet rock and then rounds the sq' that is why it was not shown correctly(so basically internal sq' rounded). I also had forgotten to set the utility area in the garage to unheated sq' (even though in reality I will heat and a/c all of it, but for building quotes this will work. Lastly the difference between internal sq' and framing sq' makes up the rest of the difference. It would be nice if there was a way to list the rooms with actual sq' for some of the subs, but this should be good enough. 

Also as to the architect part, there lies the issue in the part of the country I am in. I have been messing around with a so called builder / designer and engineer on my original plan for over 8 months and spent an absurd amount of money with them. I started over from scratch. I used the trial version of this software and learned a little about it. Then bought the full version and I did my best to learn the software and design this. I realize there are some things that need to be cleaned up from a dimensional aspect to whole / 1/2' where ever possible but certainly whole inches.  

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13 hours ago, DavidJPotter said:

I did not study the first floor but mainly focused on the attic room over the garage. I think he did a good job generally.

DJP

Koen_5-10-20.plan

Thank you so much for this and taking the time, I realize this software has many functions I have not yet discovered, however it is the best money I have spent so far in this process. Your video help is amazing, I watched a lot of videos on this software prior to purchase, and have spent a lot of time getting it to where it was, but this helps tremendously. Thank you again. 

 

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12 hours ago, Jo_Ann said:

Just my 2 cents...


Putting a full wall by the front entry helps to better distinguish it as an Entry.
The added small hallway by the bath & bedroom is self explaining (and much needed).
The half wall at the stairs, makes them more inviting.

 

You have "auto build roof" turned off, so why haven't you fixed the 2nd floor?

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Thanks for the feedback, I am in North Carolina on the water, I have worked hard to raise the elevation of the property 8' so now the foundation (pier and beam) will be 11.5' above SL. From there the stem wall will be 24" more so the garage floor and main house floor will be 13.5' above SL, if the water get's that high there will be serious devastation all up and down the coast, not just my house. I did however struggle if I should lower the garage, but this eliminates stairs up and down and simplifies the foundation / elevated slab. I will also be using closed cell spray foam insulation on the whole house and garage to help eliminate critters and odors from the garage. Lastly, I will install commercial vapor barrier insulated garage doors for the best possible fit. I learned a lot about garage doors living in MN in sub zero winters, I can write a whole paper on just proper garage door and proper garage door installations.  Thank you for your comments, I really like the stub wall idea for the stairs. 

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