Entry Dormer On A-Frame


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I've got maybe 100 hours with CA and consider myself very new to this even though I feel I've learned a lot of tricks through the forum and videos.  Recently, I upgraded to Pro (2021) because my wife and I are becoming more serious on building the long time dream.


I've used many discussions on the forums and Chief videos to get me this far and have learned a ton but am completely stumped on how to build a dormer side entrance on my A-Frame.


I'm afraid the answer will be that I need the highest version of CA to accomplish this (polyline roof delete tool) due to the nature of our build being an A-Frame and having to turn off "auto rebuild roof" in the build roof menu.


Here are the details and images to help.


I want the door to be dormered on the outside wall and sit between the two window dormers in the bathroom and laundry, leading into the hallway.  I will also be building a post and beam overhang but I don't think that's important right now.  It appears I don't quite understand how to use the dormer tool yet or it simply only wants to be used on a roof plane for windows instead of an outside wall for a door.  I tried to box in the area with interior walls for the door per previous topics and change the outside wall portion using the wall break tool to convert the small outside section to a gable wall.  This makes complete sense to me.  But...as soon as I allow auto roof generation to make this gable wall happen, it changes the entire building due to the nature of it being an a-frame and having to use a combination of "ignore 2nd top floor" feature and unchecking "auto rebuild roof".


Through my research, I'm afraid the poly line tool is my only hope that I have seen but I don't have that feature with the roof cutout option because I only have pro and not premier.


Am I missing a tool that will help?


Did I make a mistake by not adding this boxed in area with a gable wall first thing when building my initial structure?


Any help is greatly appreciated.


Thank you in advance.









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*** I see you said Pro 2021 ***



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.






Many questions have been asked and answered. The Home Designer website is a good place to start your search.


Here is a video about searching the forum: https://youtu.be/dDT6wbrrVRM



Resources for self help:


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




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Thank you for the tip on the "Signature".  I put that info in the post but clearly the signature is something that standard that there is probably a sticky thread on that I wasn't conscious of.  That's fixed.  Thank You.


I am reviewing David's video currently.

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I'm looking to do exactly what David did.  I learned quite a bit from his video.  I wasn't aware of the manual roof line tool.  I immediately understood the concept and am just getting used to using break tools, but for some reason I'm getting very weird walls forming on the second story once I cut to roof back past the door sill.  I'll share screenshots, see image 5.  I overcame this by converting the wall to an attic wall. I hope that doesn't mess anything else up in the future.  I'm not sure what making it an attic wall really does. 


More information on my home...


First floor ceiling is 109 1/8 default

Second floor ceiling is also 109 1/8 default

Attic is of course no flat ceiling

Pitch is 24/12


I followed Chief's instructions to build an a-frame...


build first floor with 6" ceiling height, change end walls to be gable walls, then build second floor with 109 1/8 ceiling height, build roof by ignoring top (2nd) floor (used 24/12 pitch),  go back and uncheck "auto rebuild roof", go back and change first floor ceiling height to 109 1/8.  Worked well.


When you are new to this, it's tough to know the balance between enough and too much information when asking for help.


Now I am having two other problems.  See last image.


For the first, I have had this issue on other builds.  The exterior wall wants to show it's internal materials and layers instead of joining the other interior wall on a corner (see larger red circle in  image).  I tried replacing the interior wall with an exterior wall and it didn't correct my problem. 


Second, where I cut back the roof, there is no roof trim on the end (see smaller red circle).  Do you just deal with this imperfection in Chief? 


Finally, one last issue.  On the interior, you can see the 


Thank you very much for the help.


Exterior Entry.png

Interior Entry.png

Layout F1.png

Layout F2.png



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3 suggestions.


It can be confusing when you refer to Chief. You are using Home Designer, so it's best to say that, or HD, or just Pro, and only refer to Chief when you mean Chief Architect the software.


And, for many questions, and especially questions about structure, attaching the plan file (close Pro first), will make it much easier for someone to help.


Using Vector View when you do a screen capture usually shows problems better than Standard View.


And a comment.


The software does not deal well with steeply sloped roofs. There will usually be lots of small issues to resolve.

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