Is there a way to create a circular or curved roof opening?
As far as I can tell, it is only possible to create roof openings that straight or angular (triangle, square etc.). I am trying to create a glass geodesic dome on top of a roof.
Thank you for the help!
A project I am about to finish has two bay windows in it. My client has given me the specifications for them as follows:
Pella Impervia, Bay Window w/casement flankers, 30° angles, fiberglass construction, 60" high
Unit A: 80" wide, 10-1/2" projection
Unit B: 96" wide, 15-1/8" projection
In looking at the Pella website, I see that the frame of the unit has what appears to be a 1" thick plywood top piece while the bottom is comprised of 3 layers - 1" PW top piece; 1" foam insulation; and a 1" PW bottom piece. Only the top PW piece and the top bottom PW piece fit inside the units' R.O.'s. Pella calls for the R.O.'s to be 3/4" larger than each units quoted size (e.g., the 80" wide unit's R.O. would be 80.75" x 60.75". The units essentially are built such that they can have the bottom used like a window seat. I am showing them to be installed 20" above the finished floor elevation. My clients plan calls for 8' ceilings (97-1/8" rough) so that means the wall opening will be about 16" below the ceiling height. This will provide room for added insulation above the unit and with the bottom raised, there will be room for added insulation there as well. This information isn't really relevant to my issue that I am reporting ... I am just adding it to describe how a manufacturer's bay windows are built (dimensions). In my plan I actually specified the individual window units as being 60" tall so I am a little on the tall side with what I am showing in the plan but may go in and edit that now that I have received more specific information from Pella.
In my project, I have specified in the window schedule that the room name of all windows be shown. For the bay units, I have likewise checked for all the bay units windows be reported in the schedule separately so that I can get the glass area reported on the schedule. If I check for each one to be only be shown as one unit on the schedule, then the schedule does not pickup the glass area and report it. I think it should and request that Chief make that correction on future updates to the program.
In my actual project, I have one bay unit that is within the area of a covered porch while the other unit is only under the eaves of the roof (2' overhangs). My intent is for the builder to put in framing in the shape of the bays from the top of each unit to the bottom of the soffit and porch roofs respectively. These frames will be covered with sheathing and siding which will weatherproof the tops of each bay unit.
The problem that I am running into is that when I generated my window schedule, the bay unit within the porch area shows the porch as being the room it is installed in while the other unit doesn't even show the room name for the room it is installed in. I called Tech Support to discuss this with them and ask them why Chief was picking up the room name on the outside of the exterior walls rather than the interior room. Kirk was who took my call. He was able to reproduce my problem with the porch example .... he didn't put in a bay outside of the porch area but he did figure out what was causing the behavior. Because in the bay window specifications dialog (dbx) I specified that the bay unit have a raised bottom, this setting alone caused the window schedule to pickup the porch room and place it in the schedule. If the bay's bottom is not raised, the the interior room name reports to the schedule.
MY SUGGESTIONS REGARDING IMPROVEMENTS IN BAY WINDOW REPORTING IN THE WINDOW SCHEDULE:
1. FIX THE ROOM NAME BEHAVIOR AS FAR AS WINDOW SCHEDULE ROOM NAME REPORTING GOES. BAY WINDOWS SHOULD ALWAYS PICKUP THE NAME OF THE ROOM ON THE INTERIOR SIDE OF THE UNIT FOR SCHEDULE REPORTING PURPOSES.
2. SOMEHOW, I WOULD LIKE TO REPORT THE BAY WINDOWS TO THE SCHEDULE AS SINGLE UNITS, EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE 3 INDIVIDUAL WINDOWS INCLUDED. BUT I ALSO WANT THE 3 WINDOWS REPORTED AS "SUB ITEMS" SOMEHOW, SO THAT THE SCHEDULE CAN PICKUP THE GLASS AREAS FOR ALL THREE WINDOWS, AS WELL AS THEIR DESCRIPTIONS AND OTHER SPEC'S.
Attached is a simple plan with one room and an added porch. There's a bay window with the spec's I used for one of my projects bay units and I have included a schedule to show that the room name for the bay unit is "porch" rather than that of the interior "living" room. Again, when you raise the bottom of a bay unit, this caused Chief to look to the outside of the exterior wall to find a room name. This behavior, in the minimum, needs to be fixed.
I am also attaching a Pella document on bay windows from there website if you are interested in seeing how the units as specified, built and sold. I will put a link to this thread on the suggestion forum as well. Until this gets changed, anyone incurring this problem will have to utilize other means to get the schedules looking right, such as converting to text.
Having difficulties with Cheif crashing and attaching my files. Will do this in a 2nd post.