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  1. It is possible. I use a pony wall. The lower portion is my default exterior wall. The upper portion is a thinner, single layer wall with the same material as the window jamb. This allow 3 separate windows with shallower frames to be placed and dragged close to the corners. 3D moldings for casing. Polyline solids for top and bottom jamb-liner. So in summary, it's about as much work as the actual manufacturing process. Be prepared to spend a lot of time on it.
  2. The Z offset needs to be a negative amount of the height of the sink symbol plus the thickness of the countertop. In this case, the correct amount would be -9 13/16". However, Chief is definitely messing up the cutout in the custom countertop. There is a cutout surface generated but it is at an incorrect height. Copy the cabinet to see the difference of the auto countertop. I'd send in a bug report.
  3. That word (pull) comes from the component tab of the cabinet. For some reason, almost every (if not every) cabinet handle reports as (pull) in the component tab. Despite the fact that there is no symbol option titled Pull. It would seem that every hardware symbol that has the Option Treat as Handle checked, then reports as pull. This must be hardcoded, perhaps a relic of code that lingers from who-knows-when. It would appear that this cannot be changed.
  4. Eave Fascia: 1" Gable Fascia: 10" (or so) Boxed Eave Length: 14" (or so) You'll need to experiment to get it just right, or know the math:)
  5. As has been mentioned, the line properties displayed in layout are controlled by the elevation view. There are 2 main ways to access and adjust those layer properties. In Layout, right click on the elevation view layout box. Then in the pop up menu locate and find the tool "Layout Box Layers". This opens the Layer Display Options used in that view. In the plan file, open the camera for the elevation view that will be sent to layout. At the top of the screen, select Tools / Layer Settings / Display Options. This opens the Layer Display Options used in that view. Explore and identify which Layer Set is being used for elevation views. Explore and identify which layers are being displayed and adjust their properties as you see fit. For further assistance, you may want to consider some training time from an expert Chief user.
  6. Jason, are you looking for a material list specifically for purchasing or do you need an organized list for that drawing? Have you checked out a framing schedule in that framing detail? It will give you a tidy cut list and it will only include the components in that detail. Obviously it serves a bit of a different purpose than the mat list. It's better for a drawing set, not as good for purchasing.
  7. If I'm not mistaken, The Flat Region is a terrain modifier tool that will create a flat region that is the average height of the specified elevations around it. An Elevation Region allows you to set the elevation and create a flat interior.
  8. Yup been there! And once you're down that hole, it can be tough to get out!
  9. I see that background colors don't stick with an attached file as they are controlled by the program preferences. I noticed right away that the windows were grey and was wondering if you're background color was too dark.
  10. Type "tilt mirror" in the library browser.
  11. Just use a glass panel door for the door (thickness of about 1", frame about 1")...and then use the same door for the panels beside the door, but close them.
  12. Can't help you with the window display, but did you know you can use a truss for ... the truss? It looks a lot better in 3d!
  13. Exactly what type of objects are you dimensioning in elevation view? Are the dimension defaults you are using set to locate those type of objects?
  15. Displaying it in any view is simply a matter of layer display settings.
  16. One simple way is to create a CAD detail from the elevation view. You can cut/paste from one view to the other as needed to generate reference points / lines, or to transfer CAD lines. For example, you could draw you landscape CAD lines in the CAD detail, then cut/paste that item into the original elevation view.
  17. Perhaps a light set, and definitely a posted plan file.
  18. I've used Chief's Box / Bay window tools and they work ok (sometimes) but I find them to be less flexible and more work to adjust the component settings than building a separate room where I can adjust the ceiling / floor finishes and heights manually. But I'm not sure I know anything about Chief that you don't. What do you use, and what aspect bothers you the most?
  19. Preaching to the choir! Conversion rate of the heathen on the other hand...And it pains me to confess that I'm not an architect! I'm kidding of course, but you get the idea.
  20. I should have clarified; most of my clients are general contractors...
  21. I don't have that kind of authority! Plus, it never leaks in Chief! It sucks sometimes, but never leaks!
  22. I do this regularly and that's how things are usually built in my region. Waterproof decks covered with a vinyl deck membrane sloped at 1%-2% to the exterior with an aluminum railing installed on top of the decking surface. The railings are constant in height, so they follow the deck surface.
  23. Definitely depends on how much you print, and what you're paying! I'm lucky, for Arch D I can get BW prints for about $3 and color for less than $5.
  24. I always use a ramp for situation like this. Then, the railings on the side can be set to "follow stairs" and they'll nicely follow the ramp. Once the ramp's heights are set, I place it on it's own layer and lock it, so I can easily select other items. Tip: Set the deck / balcony room height based on the outer edge elevation.