Using Auto Floating Dormer Tool


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    • By Lynx_Design
      I am working on an add-on garage project. The preexisting house it will attach to is a salt box design, see images below.
      I have created the main roof and shed dormer but have no idea how to go about creating the cut-out portions of the main roof below the dormer windows, see image 1. I am new to Chief Architect (using X12) but I can not seem to find a way of creating this detail in the model after  looking through the help documentation or reference manual, this is a rather uncommon roof/dormer detail in my experience. Unfortunately the breezeway roof that will tie the garage into the house intersects with the main roof close to these dormer window cutouts so I need to model them to check my tie-in roof location and pitch works. I have attached the current chief file also.
      If any one has an idea how to approach this please feel free to respond.

      Garage Addition.plan
    • By intendo
      The red arrows point to the problem area.
      The outside wall and interior wall at the closet intersect with the valley where the two roof planes intersect.
      The interior of the room creates an attic wall (with exterior siding) above the closet (NOTE: Ceiling was removed to get image)
      The plan view shows where the roof planes intersect at the valley. I have the same problem on the other side of the house because it is symmetrical.
      The plan is too large (65MB) but here is the model (
      Any suggestion on how to fix this would be greatly appreciated.

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