Casa Feliz

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Bill Wimberley
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Casa Feliz
SoftPlan Version:
2014 Plus

This is a little project I have been working on with Wally Westbrook of Westbrook Designs out of The Woodlands, TX. 10,887 sq ft under roof for the main house. Another 2,705 sq ft under roof for the Barn with living area. The plan is not 100% complete yet but getting very close. Mostly I just have to go through and add some specific construction notes to the plan and details. Also waiting on the engineering plans so that I can add them to the plan set as well.

This project is so large it would not fully fit on 36" x 48" paper at 1/4" scale. So by using the cropping tool in the new 2014 Plan Sets I was able to crop off a portion of the garage and add it back in off to the side.

The house contains a Workout Room/Safe Room in a basement under the Master Suite Closet. And there is an observation deck above the second floor. So with the basement, first floor, second floor, and observation deck this house is 4 stories tall.

By utilizing SoftPlan 2014+ file sharing we were able to both work on and share the project without having to constantly email files back and forth.

 

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

jimcrook@live.com
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Lots A Work

Sure lots of work in that one Bill !   Very nicely done.

 

Just curious about a couple of things I noticed some 11" thick partition walls in the house foyer and some halls, what would they be fore that requires that type of thickness ?  Is that just a representation of a wall with a real or faux stone facing or .... ?

 

Also I noticed the cable railngs on the stairs.   They would never allow those here is Ontario as there can be no space larger than 4" between pickets and no items that would allow for climbing between 5" and 35" in height on a railing ( they call them guards in our Bldg Code ).

 

That roof would be a roofers nightmare with all the hips and valleys to do in steel :-)

 

On your elevations do you make the perimeter lines of the building in a heavier pen ?   I find it really helps make the drawings pop and highlites the difference in building edges and paint patterns.

 

Nice job though !

 

JimC

Bill Wimberley
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Casa Feliz

Hey Jim,

The 11" walls (12" when finished with drywall) are just to give depth to the openings so that the doors are not flush on the inside of the Foyer.

This will be a custom home in the country so there won't be any inspectors to say they can't have the cable railings and open risers they want. If it were in an area with city inspectors that would not fly.

Yes, I would agree that the roof will be a challenge. But at least the pitches are low so it won't be that difficult.

I'm still monkeying around with the pen weights. I need to thicken the wall lines and lighten the paint a bit more. I'm trying to find a good balance for the pen weight and color for the paint. If I make it lighter so it looks right in a PDF then it is too light when printed. If I make it darker to make it more visible when printed it is too dark in the PDF. I like to have my paint dark enough that it is visible yet muted but not so dark that it makes it hard to see all the details.

 

ChrisStewart
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Softplan 2012 and perhaps

Softplan 2012 and perhaps earlier versions also allow partial drawings within multidrawings.

Bill Wimberley
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Partials in Multi Drawings

Yes, you could do partials in Multi Drawings. But I have always hated the way Multi Drawings worked. The Plan Sets introduced in 2014 are so much nicer. At least in my opinion. I know some people don't like them because you can't export them to DWG. But to me that isn't a problem. The only person I would send a DWG to would be the engineer. I can send him a PDF of the entire project as well as the individual drawing files he needs to work with.

Cropping in Plan Sets is much nicer because you can see exactly how it will fit on the page while you are making the crop. With partial Multi Drawings you can only see the drawing you are defining to be a Partial and not the other drawings around it. And scaling is a breeze. You enter an actual scale rather than a decimal fractional value. You can even use the Adjust tool to drag out to whatever scale you want.

Plan Sets are so much better than Multi Drawings. I never use Multi Drawings anymore except when working with one person who is still using version 14.

ChrisStewart
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Yep, I was just pointing that

Yep, I was just pointing that out for people not using 2014.

Are you doing renderings?

Bill Wimberley
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Renderings

I don't generally do renderings but I will be for this house. This one will go into the portfolio and will be featured on Westbrook's web site as well as mine if I ever get around to actually creating my own web site. I'll also put them up in the SoftPlanTuts Gallery.