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  2. EconBlueprints

    Specs on drawings, or in spec book

    For fifty years I have lived by one creed: Never give a building department more information than they need to issue a building permit. Now, though, every building department I deal with has different requirements for the code references and or specifications they want on the drawings. My typical drawing now runs some 25 sheets of D size paper. Way more than that when certain departments want drawings on ANSI C, whtich is 17x22. Almost all of them want everything relevant to the specific plan view or section to appear on the same sheet. They seem to forget that callouts were made because you cannot fit everything on one sheet. I can always tell when there is a Continuing Education School for the building inspectors.....whatever they learned in that school they want to see on the drawings. So, instead of submitting, re-submitting, re-submitting, I took a lot of time to put all of the information the local building departments each want, and now I get through pretty much on the first go round. You really can never get it right....it is always subject to the individual inspector. Oh well, thank God for client changes after the prermit so that re-submission money can be recovered and profited from. Lane
  3. What mark is suggesting is a workaround to having proxy models. Mark, I just want to hijack your thread for a sec and encourage people to go chime in about this at my PBR requests thread in the suggestion forum. This really does work and is a great tip. This was a hot topic at the booth, I got asked this several times as well. +1 to Mark Along with Mark's tip, I suggested to set furniture/entourage symbols on a room-by-room layer basis as PBR will only process activated layers...if the geometry isn't there, no processing of said geometry occurs. Further suggestions were to batch process textures to reduce resolution. Purge CAD blocks Purge Macros Reduce Undos
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  5. This can work for basic designs like a Kitchen or Bathroom , you can then make a Saved Plan View with Zoom enabled for each Option. there's a little more on it in this X10 Video , probably worth watching it fully, if you are not familiar with SPVs but the 3 option part is at about 10 mins. https://www.chiefarchitect.com/videos/watch/2421/saved-plan-views.html
  6. Richard_Morrison

    Sending details and notes to a layout page

    Ummm.... Select Layout Box, Ctrl-C, switch to other layout, Ctrl-V.
  7. I mentioned this while talking with couple of Chief folks at the show and they thought it was a good idea so passing it on. Recently I was working on a hospital cafeteria that had a lot of symbols with custom textures and it started slogging when working. Set it up to have 3 plans-one with all the furniture, another without, and one with everything. I used a reference set to see the symbol plan while working,and for 3D Standard views. Used the complete plan with everything for PBR and finals. I did have to update the complete plan for finals sent to layout using paste and hold from the furniture plan but I had set all of that on layers designed to allow deleting them first. IF not doing PBR then that step can be skipped, just send referenced views to layout. It made it all far more manageable.
  8. Would blocking and saving your different kitchen layouts into your user library work for you?
  9. solver

    Window casings in X12

    What is "no longer able to access the manufacturers library's"?
  10. builder

    Window casings in X12

    In X11 and prior I was always able to designate one of the Windsor One or Brosco profiles as an interior window casing. In X12 I am no longer able to access the manufacturers library's when designating a window casing. is anyone else experiencing this?
  11. TheKitchenAbode

    Can I have two different room "versions" and switch between them?

    I have done this within a single plan but I don't attempt to have them overlaid on top of each other. I will just place say the 3 concepts side by side. Would only recommend this if the plan is not overly complicated, otherwise I have three separate plans and use the layout to consolidate these. One other technique, say you are doing a kitchen, your could have 3 floors, each floor has a different version. Now when you move up and down a floor level your concept changes but remains in the same position. You could also use the floor reference display to show one floor level superimposed on the other.
  12. I'd add that using the project browser makes it all fast and simple, keep it open. There is also the option to use reference sets to other plans in 3D. It's better for exterior but still can be useful with interiors.
  13. lbuttery

    Freelancers

    my partner and I made $56K in our first full year of operation I was full-time - he was part time we had 13 clients and 18 projects and won a historical merit award from NARI my partner started thinking of going full-time but he had a son in college and waited then 2008 came we were charging $50/hr and had plans to raise it to $75 or $100 after we gained more experience we did switch to collecting a retainer before starting work and then requesting additional retainer as needed we working mainly doing projects in the metro DC market which included the surrounding counties of MD and VA but we were also doing projects across the USA and international via the internet I believe within a year or so we could have broken $100K level Lew
  14. Really what everyone is saying regarding separate files is the best approach. With Chief you can have a base file then saved options and you can do a reference file in a layout to show the options together or however you want it. Don’t think about it as two files but rather different sections of the job just like the layout and plan files are two different files as well as all the referenced files you don’t really realize (until you backup save a job.)
  15. https://chieftalk.chiefarchitect.com/topic/24925-method-to-show-multiple-options-kitchens-or-other/ This isn't the thread where it was asked, just where I placed an answer. It's how I had been doing this since before I used Chief (easier in Chief) Thought of a bit of additional info that I'll add there.
  16. Not really. I purchased Chief mostly for remodelling my own home in stages and although you can get away with some minor changes and switch between views/layers it's all too common to get issues due to overlapping objects and Chief's room based approach. These days I always save a base plan and then separate plans for each option. In my case I sometimes update the base plan such as for all new windows, revised heating (moved radiators) and then re-create the options. It's not as time consuming as it might seem. As an aside: My day job is software and one product I worked on had complex data and also needed a way for users to experiment with various options. In the end we offered two approaches: A managed serious of data sets somewhat akin to separate plan files/related data in Chief but with management of them as a whole set of variations with a known base. A way to manually merge certain changes from one variation to another. Over time most people ended up using the first option as the merge feature was very time consuming in practice. This was due to small changes in other data/.objects which meant the merge feature had to ask many annoying questions about how to handle certain issues otherwise the result had objects with broken connections or not as expected. Even with that some manual editing was always required. Ultimately it proved impossible to make the merge significantly quicker to use than copy and paste/ and manual editing hence why users went back to that after trying both, although the merge feature remained useful to highlight changes between versions.
  17. DzinEye

    Specs on drawings, or in spec book

    This exactly^^^. In my experience jurisdictions rarely care about specifications for residential, except for a few things like fireplaces. As others have said, if you do have a client that wants, (and wants to pay for) specifications, then they're most likely to be properly looked at if they're on the plans, but I would recommend doing it on an alternate set of plans that doesn't go into the permitting jurisdiction. As Rene said, it just invites more questions during the permit process... and 9X out of 10 everything gets changed by owner and/or builder as the project progresses... and then what?.. back to the city for revisions? I would only ever do specs on an hourly basis. For ensuring better quality work the best approach is to help the Owners get a contractor that does quality work without having to be told how to do quality work. Also, rather than specifications, a few well considered arch. details can do a lot more than lots of words in a spec.. The only Code Notes most jurisdictions require are related to; egress, temp. glass, railings, stairs, fire protection and a few plumbing and electric. You should be able to cover the relevant ones with a list of less than 30 code items. I list them in a numbered fashion on the side of the plan and reference them with a small note at each relevant location. Although you could of course put more than these minimal amount of code notes, I feel you then only risk glazing over the eyes of who ever is reading the plans... not to mention it just muddies up the plans.
  18. Just create new “room” types. Such as: Kitchen-1, Kitchen-2, Kitchen-3... assign different molding and flooring in each type...then just rename the room to switch styles. ooops...I didn’t see you wanted to change layouts. My solution won’t help you. You could use “plan views” and draw the plan variations off to the side of your main plan...that’s all I can think of at the moment.
  19. Alaskan_Son

    Can I have two different room "versions" and switch between them?

    Despite the fact that there are various workarounds, in my opinion, this actually IS the best way.
  20. Alaskan_Son

    Sending details and notes to a layout page

    I have yet to experience anything like this. I'm curious...How exactly are you copying and pasting?
  21. SilverAstronauts

    Can I have two different room "versions" and switch between them?

    10 minutes of searching did not... in fact... reveal it. Want to be helpful and point me in the right direction? Maybe with anything you remember of the thread? Title words? User? Anything I could use to search for it? Or, if you remember the thread... the final answer... perhaps?
  22. Ridge_Runner

    Can I make/place booth seating on the back of cabinets?

    You can certainly make that banquette like the pic; I have done similar. I think you are on the right track with the short cabinets. That way your base molding can be directly applied. I would probably use polyline solids for the cushions. You can possibly find cushions at 3D Warehouse but the poly count may be huge. CA has a trestle table symbol very similar to that one as well as the bench and side chair. Good luck.
  23. I recently saw a really cool idea that incorporates booth seating into the backside of some kitchen cabinets. Instead of doing the traditional counter overhang and stools, I very much like the idea of booth seating with a table butted up against it, especially for an inverse corner. Pretty much like this picture. Can I replicate this in X11? I think I could make something LOOK correct with really short cabinets either with a thick backsplash, or taller filler cabinets (or a wall) behind them, then just apply textures that "look" correct.
  24. Similar question asked within the last week. A bit of searching should reveal it.
  25. Welcome It's helpful to know what software you are using as it changes from version to version. It helps others to have this info in your signature so it's always available. Please see this topic for a signature how to. https://chieftalk.chiefarchitect.com/topic/18908-signature-here-at-chief-talk
  26. I have a few different ideas for a room (a kitchen), and I like all of them equally, so I was wondering if there was a way that I could save different versions of a room and switch between them? Not just different materials, but actual different layouts. Sure, I could create a new save file... but... there's gotta be a better way right? EDIT: On X11 that is.
  27. rgardner

    Foundation/Wall detail - Conc Skirt

    I guess I was thinking making the lower pony a 12” wide poured stem wall with a molding making the chamfer section of the wall splitting the pony wall and then setting the wall as a foundation wall to set your footing position and size... just a thought haven’t tried it yet.
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