How do I specify precisely how HDS measures distances between walls?


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Hi. I have questions about using HD Suite for an upcoming renovation...


1. How do I get HDS to include the thickness of the drywall when measuring distances/placing walls? Since the walls already exist, all of my measurements include the drywall.


2. For placing interior walls, HDS is measuring distances back to the outside edge of exterior walls rather then the interior edge. Again, all my measurements are up to and including the drywall. How do I locate an interior wall without HDS measuring to the outside of the exterior wall?


3. I need to insert a small vertical column which hides plumbing and is located in the corner of a bedroom. It measures 1' x 1' but I can't get HDS to measure it out properly. Similar to my questions above, it doesn't measure as I need it to do. I'm attaching a screenshot which shows the 1' long wall. HDS measueres the wall from the outer edge of the wall to the inner edge of the opposing wall when it should be the outer edge. I've identified the problem with an orange square and show with an orange line how I want to measure the wall.

Thanks in advance.


HDS screenshot of dimensions measured wrong.png

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I see you said HD Suite.


Answers often depend on which title (Suite, Pro etc) and version (2018, 2019 etc) you are using.


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.






Resources for self help:


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




Home Designer - Getting Started - Setting Preferences and Defaults
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2 hours ago, nematode said:

My mistake, I was looking for it under Dimensions. Thanks for your help.


The program has a built in Help system, and often a search there and a bit of reading will answer your questions -- like searching for temporary dimensions.

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