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I need some help and direction.  I understand floor plans and the basics.  I'm a user for about 6 years.  I draw existing houses and try to get them as accurate as possible.  I struggle with roofs  and today dormers.  I can place a dormer in the attic without issue.  I want to place it on the 2nd story, but the roof starts on the first story.  Think shoebox with and 8/12 pitch, with a smaller second floor.  When I add the dormer the interior walls of the second story return to OSB.  If I take the dormer away the room returns to sheetrock.  Can someone point me to some specific videos or help?

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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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Thank you. In Eric's example you can clearly see that he moved the first floor bearing roof plane up a floor to the <A> or attic level to then place the dormer which this action then separates by a floor the dormer walls and the first floor walls. I think that is the KEY to your problem. We all have to deal or figure out what is workable and not workable (not within the programming of the software and what within programming parameters), it IS part of everyone's learning curve.



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My example above has the roof built off the 1st floor walls, and shows the dormer built on the 2nd floor. Suite lacks the option to change roof planes.


For best help, post pictures (screen captures) and the plan file.


With Pro, there should be no problem with placing dormers as wanted, or just building your dormer manually.

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