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Begin to draw an exisiting house....

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My boss wants me to draw an exterior of a home. We have the measurements/elevations. It has a lot of different roof planes and interesting build outs and additions that have been added over the years.

 

What does everyone recommend for their favorite videos to learn from to start drawings exteriors?

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See the Chief YouTube channel and look for the hour long Getting Started webinars for a good general introduction.

 

Spend some time -- like a day or three, watching videos and practicing, watch a bit more, practice etc.

 

Plenty of good videos on the Chief website too. Go to the User Center to get started.

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This one is pretty new, uses X12, and is by Chief Architect.

 

You won't really be drawing exteriors per se.  You will be creating a 3D house by first drawing its first floor walls, defining all the rooms, and adding windows and doors.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1noFJ4vycmw&loop=0

 

Having then done this much, you have created all of the interior spaces.

 

But before you begin, you'll need to set your defaults for walls, rooms, floors, windows, doors, and more.

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On 11/20/2020 at 8:52 PM, GeneDavis said:

But before you begin, you'll need to set your defaults for walls, rooms, floors, windows, doors, and more. 

 

That bears repeating!

 

Open up the walls you intend to use and make sure the material thicknesses are what you want.

Make sure you pay attention to the MAIN layer, and the exterior layer.

For example some like frame walls with sheeting (OSB or Plywood) to align with the face of the foundation block.

Some like the framing to align with the face of the foundation block. In this case the sheeting will need to be on the Exterior Layer.

Then Wall Setting within the same dialog, the three pull downs should usually be the same.

This is important for keeping walls above on the next floor aligned properly.

 

If you learn these setting up front you prevent a lot of head scratching until you do.

 

Enjoy.

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