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Looking for assistance in creating arch building shell template.

 

We are looking to purchase the Chief Architect Pro version of software to create floor plans for our high performance building shell packages (think 21st century Quonset Huts”).  The problem is that this version of the software does not provide us with the ability to create arch or barrel shaped building shells.

 

We understand that the Premier software package has the ability to create the building shells we need, but at this time with the Pro version selling for $500.00, paying over 5 times more money for the Premier version that has only one feature that we are looking for is difficult.  We are testing the $99.00 Home Designer Suite that already has far more capabilities than we need, but if the Pro version could be modified to fit our needs than we would purchase this product.  

 

We have been informed by the support staff at Chief Architect that a template can be created and inserted into the Pro software.  They connected us to this forum.

 

At this time our building shell system contains only three components, glulam shoes that secure the shell to a foundation, 12”x3 1/8” laminated wood arches that have an outside radius of 20’ and 4’x8’x6” molded SIP panels that are formed to fit the outside radius of the glulam arches.  We create different width and height building shells by using shorter or longer glulams of the same radius.  

 

What we need is the ability to create floor plans that correlate with the interior side walls of our arch building shells.

 

If anyone in the forum has the ability to create this template detail and has an interest in assisting us, we would very much appreciate hearing from you.

 

Thank you.

 

Thom Labrie

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I would suggest getting the Premier version if you are serious about the unusual buildings like you show.

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Drawzilla;

 

Thank you for your feedback.

 

Since our objective is to have a temporary, user friendly, economic and basic floor plan software to use until we need something more complex down the road, we are not interested in spending $2,700.00 at this time.

 

We suspect when the time comes to hire an individual in the future to handle full time floor plan development, that they will already have a preference for a specific software that might not necessarily be a Chief Architect product.

 

Again, thank you.

 

Thom

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You could always rent the premier version.  I think it is $200 a month, but doing at least one month will give you that much time to see what you think about it.

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Also for that kind of structure you probably can't mix the pro version and the premier versions. The pro version doesn't have all the tools you will need

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You are considering Home Designer Pro, not Chief Architect Pro.

 

You may do the type of roof shown in Pro -- see this Knowledge Base article. It's tedious, but you would only need to do it once, then use it for each new plan.

 

The arches would need to be modeled in another program such as SketchUp, then imported, but again, would only need to be done once (and only one arch would be needed).

 

Consider getting the trial of Pro, and seeing what it will do.

 

Also, the Home Designer products have their own forum, HomeTalk. You will find the best product specific support there.

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We have tried the Suite version and are very happy with this tool.  We know the Pro version will be even better and provide us with far more capabilities than we need.  We have been informed by the people at Chief Architect that the template we need can be developed in their Premier version and then imported into the pro version.

 

We do not have the experience in house to create the solution, but am confident that the skillset needed is embodied in one or more members of this forum..

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13 minutes ago, Thom-L said:

We have been informed by the people at Chief Architect that the template we need can be developed in their Premier version and then imported into the pro version.

Of course, it can be done but you should check out the differences if you want to actually work in the pro version. That's not the typical building Chief gears itself to. Just sending it to the pro version is the easy part. Check out how many pages you can print in the pro version ,at one time, there are lots of other things or I and just about everyone else would be using it.

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I'm curious about the op.  Have you built one of these buildings and are you an actual business or are you just playing around with it?

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Nice looking building.  I don't know if you want to start into this with a $99 design product.  This building may need some elaborate construction documents to get through the building department for permits.  Most of the forum members here use the Chief Architect premier software.  You may be better off turning it over to someone that spends all day using this software.

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As an answer to your question.  Yes, it can be done.

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Hi:

 

I guess I am curious as to why PRO can't do it ?

 

PRO has manual roof tools that should be the same or nearly the same as Premier ?

 

I am not a roof expert at all - but this is my understanding

 

also a Chief Premier user should be able to create that roof template for you and then set the "allow editing in HD"  (not sure of wording of that setting)

but it has to be done by the same version of Chief Premier as your HD PRO

 

Lew

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Javatom:

 

HD PRO costs $500

 

as a reminder the entire cost can be applied as an upgrade to Chief Premier if you decide PRO is not sufficient for your needs

 

Lew

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While most HD product users will find the Chieftalk forum of little benefit

 

HD PRO uses have manual roof/framing/cabinet etc tools and can find benefit from following the Chieftalk forum

 

Lew

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4 minutes ago, lbuttery said:

I guess I am curious as to why PRO can't do it ?

 

Pro lacks the curved roof settings.

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if all that is possible in Pro , then why don't we all use it? I'll bet the SSA fee is also much less as well ? I say if you are in the business and do extensive Con. Doc's , Primer is the one you need.

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On 2/18/2017 at 9:48 AM, Thom-L said:

Since our objective is to have a temporary, user friendly, economic and basic floor plan software to use until we need something more complex down the road, we are not interested in spending $2,700.00 at this time.

 

The OP builds structures with a variety of roof shapes. 2 arch styles, and multiple widths, all using the same basic curved SIP.

 

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Glulam arches look to be 4' apart. 

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Perry:

 

some do use PRO for their business

 

for over a decade I have advocated that CA change PRO's name to Master or Deluxe

 

I agree while it is possible to do condocs and plans in PRO if you are in business then Premier is the better choice

 

at $495 PRO is 20% of what Premier costs and that translates into 20% of the features Premier has

 

Lew

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