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  1. Hi Jon. Renderings can be easily made without tweaking the materials too much. However there are some issues here that should be addressed before that. For instance the roof cuts through the kitchen ceiling wall and the attic wall of the circular stairs is not aligned. Also the step from kitchen to the living room is 8". Code max. in California is 7-3/4". Not to get too picky but that is also an abrupt floor level change. Is there any reason not to make that 6"?
  2. Here is one I did recently in Northern California. (No Snow Load) The steel building manufacturer said you can have X amount of windows, doors and skylights. As long as they do not interfere with any of our support beams you can place them where ever you want. I took the plan they provided and created a chief model with the steel framing in place. Then I added a 2x6 interior wall just inside the steel structure for the living area (do this by adding a 2x6 interior wall with a 2" air gap to the exterior wall). I do not recommend trying to wedge in 2x framing between the horizontal st
  3. The biggest downside to the shipping container house is the fact that your are making a conditioned space inside a steel box. It WILL sweat unless you add at least 4" of closed cell spray foam.
  4. You could get it done with the material editor tool. Change the roofing and siding to no pattern...
  5. They are asking for that much more lately. I submitted this to the city of Hayward. It seemed to work...
  6. Closed cell is R-7 per inch. The min. roof insulation in our climate zone is R-30. So you only need about 4 1/2" thick from the underside of the roof ply.
  7. In California it is 1sqft of vent per 150sqft of conditioned area. Same for roof as for crawlspace. It is important to note that the 150 sqft refers to floor plan area, not the surface of the roof planes. Venting should be about equal at top and bottom. If you have 1-1/2" gap at the blocking, multiply that by the length of the roof. (18sqin per foot) That is the lower number. The cora-vent V-600 has 20sqin of vent area per liner foot of ridge. Multiply that by ridge length. Those numbers should be kind of close for it to work correctly. Keep in mind the ridge is venting
  8. In some jurisdictions it is 12 months between inspections. Which means you can get the framing or rough plumbing inspected, then you have a year to drywall. I've known a few projects that carried over into a few years this way. This may work for you but there will be no occupancy certificate. As far as the drywall goes, only the walls that are specifically called out as a fire rated assembly (between garage and living area for example) need to follow the specific UL listed construction. For everything else 1/2" is fine. However without drywall you will not have finish electrical or
  9. Hi Designer1. I can share my experience with plan sets if it is not too boring. Excuse me if it gets long winded. Just thought I'd give you my perspective. I started (like most of us) on the "dumb end of a hammer". Then after years of seeing the old timers take 10 aspirins a day so they could keep working I decided that although I loved the work I didn't necessarily want to be climbing scaffold in the rain when I was 60. (Lots of fun in your 20's though)! So I got Chief Architect and 6 years later that's all I do. You need to look at a completed construction project like a
  10. Here on the central coast of California (Monterey) the building department usually requires detailed gas schematics on the plans. From the meter to every appliance you need to show pipe sizes. I show the lines on the plumbing plan then provide a separate schematic with size call outs. The math to get the pipe diameter can seem tricky put there is a chart in the plumbing code that makes it fairly easy. This one was medium difficulty. Just finished a 10,000 sqft house with 10 gas fireplaces and a pizza oven. That was a bit harder. The trick is to create the gas line on the plum
  11. Hi Lindsay, You have to build the foundation first. Once that is done you can open the garage room dialog box and you will be able to change the stem wall height in relation to the slab. See attached...
  12. Here is how I do it. Create a designated space in your title bar. Revisions from the client or engineer usually end up changing the revision number (1.6,1.7, etc.). I call any corrections from the building department an RFI (Request for information), most AHJ's do that anyway. Then add a revision cloud and triangular call-out where it occurs. One thing to note, in the area I work after three revisions they make you re-submit. Probably a good policy so the plans don't end up a jumbled mess of revision clouds. And honestly if you get four major RFI's it might be time to rethink your pr
  13. Twinmotion has its value. Especially since I signed up last year when it was free. If you play with the setting enough you can get some decent images out of it. Like this one...