AlvarD

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  1. AlvarD

    Control of gable roof pitch with Auto-Roofs

    Eric and Michael, thanks for tip. It's good to see that once you define the pitch with the baseline polyline at 10/12 for that segment, you can then delete the polyline and Chief remembers the pitch for that roof. Great use of the baseline polyline! Thanks, Alvar
  2. I have a simple gable roof that I don't seem to be able to do it with AUTO-ROOFS. I can easily do it with manual roofs, but I'm wondering if there is any way to do it with auto-roofs. I have the default roof pitch set to 8/12, but I want to make the two gables roofs in the front at 10/12. It's easy enough to make the gable that's furthest out of the house at 10/12 by simply changing the pitch in the roof directives on the walls the roofs bear on, but the "other" gable that is created by breaking the front wall by the front door and assigning the left portion as full gable roof and the right portion as hip roof, looks right, but I can't get it to have a 10/12 pitch to match the other gable. The problem is that there's no other wall to select to set that gable over the front door to the desired pitch. I tried with roof baseline polylines, and I can see the 8/12 pitch for that gable that I want to change, but I can't select it to change it. Obviously, if I move the wall where the gable over the front door out by a few inches, then I have a hip wall that I can the pitch for, but that's not the desired effect. Thanks, Alvar Gable roof inline with hip.plan
  3. Eric, thanks for the videos! It's good to see there's a way to get the roof with slight movement of the walls to line them up. The roof group is another interesting solution. I may just report it to tech-support anyways to see what they think. @Greg_NY61 - I don't see what the overall shape of the building should have to do with the roof on the deck. Perhaps when you moved the walls of the bump-out to align the building it aligned the walls of the bump-out to the railing walls and it fixed them the same as just moving the railing walls?
  4. With X11 at the latest version, I have a deck with a hip roof in the front entrance of a house, and with auto-roofs and a pitch set to 7/12 everything is built as I expect. If I then select the three deck railings and change the pitch to say 4/12, the roof over the deck is built skewed, with the roof plan on the left wall still built at a 7/12 pitch even though the wall directive is calling for a 4/12 pitch. I inspect each railing and indeed the roof pitch on each railing DBX is indeed at 4/12. In the photo below, on the right is the proper deck roof at 7/12, and on the left is the skewed roof after applying the change in pitch to 4/12 to the railings. Attached are both plans, before and after changing the pitch on the railings. Thanks for your help! X11-roof-skewed.plan X11-roof-good.plan
  5. AlvarD

    Disappearing floating dormer window

    I first ran into it on a three-story raised house (two stories on pilings), but have since duplicated it on a single story house. It must have something to do with how the various roof planes are affecting the dormer. Even though I have auto-roofs on, the generated roofs with the current room heights seem to make this problem occur. If you are interested, I have attached the two plans I sent along with the X11 bug report, showing the single story house dormer working on X10 and not working on X11. Also, if in X11 I set the room with the large gable to have a flat ceiling, it works fine, so it's only a problem if you want vaulted ceilings. -Alvar auto float dormer x10 - works.plan auto float dormer x11 - broken.plan
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    Disappearing floating dormer window

    I have proved that this is an X11 bug and submitted it. I pruned the house down to a minimum, and it appears that in this plan, when the gable roof has a room below which doesn't have a flat ceiling, it causes the problem in X11. There is something about the way the roof planes and the ceiling interact in X11 that breaks it. In X10 it behaves properly, and I'm unable to break it.
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    Disappearing floating dormer window

    Yes, I noticed that too. Very strange... I may just submit it as an X11 bug and see if they can figure it out.
  8. I have a roof plane (auto-roofs ON) where if I place a floating dormer and then just move the dormer one inch in any direction, the window in the dormer disappears. I can add the window back into the dormer manually, and then if I move it again, it disappears again. In the attached pic, the dormer in question is the one that is selected, at the rear of the gable roof. I have another floating dormer in the the front roof plane of the same gable roof, that works normally and I can move it at will without losing the window. BTW, this is happening with X11 beta. Floating dormer problem.plan
  9. AlvarD

    winder stair and railings

    No question about it. More user control over stair section breaks and their widths would be great! I haven't tried the 2 (or more) section workaround, but it sounds like in some cases it may be the only way.
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    winder stair and railings

    In this case I don't think 2 overlapping stairs are needed. The winder option works well here, as suggested in the video below. The jogs in the stairs are fixed by moving/snapping the stair to the walls. To get them to look like the pic below, you have to increase the Winder max tread contraction. I set it to 8". You also had some invisible walls next to and under the stairs which were messing with the stairs, so I removed them. Like Mick said, the one thing you still don't get is molding in the bottom portion of the open railing, so you would have to manually add one there. https://www.chiefarchitect.com/videos/watch/390/stair-wall-options-partial-railing-wall-under-stairs-stairwell.html -Alvar
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    Roof Plane Woes

    Please post your plan and fill out your signature so we can better help you!
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    Please Help! Roof Plane Headache, have pics!

    Glad to help. Other than your pitch preference, the pitch of various roofs will be limited by the pitch and elevations of the roofs they will meet. The way I drew this house (I didn't use the dimensions of your house), the depth of the house with the 12/12 pitch on the main gable, set the Highest ridge elevation such that the front gables had to be less than 12/12. In this case 10/12 worked out, but if your house is deeper, giving you a higher ridge on the main gable roof, you may be able to put a 12/12 on the front gables. Good luck with the house!
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    Please Help! Roof Plane Headache, have pics!

    You guys have convinced me that in this case, that kind of cricket is definitely not the correct option. Like Michael said, the ridge cricket is good for diverting water away from things like chimneys or other stand-alone obstructions, but it in this scenario, the simple plane is best. Thanks, Alvar
  14. AlvarD

    Please Help! Roof Plane Headache, have pics!

    I don't see why it would make things worse. It's no different than any gable intersecting a roof plane, and it's keeping the water flowing down the roof lines. I do agree that your cricket would be simpler to build. In plan it would look like this:
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    Please Help! Roof Plane Headache, have pics!

    Of course, as others have mentioned, you really need a cricket in the corner when the two valleys meet. Something like this: