Adjusting the building on the site plan

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Tom Sams
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Adjusting the building on the site plan
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2014 Plus

Can anyone giver me some techniques for properly adjusting a building on a site plan?  The simple matter of making a building parallel to a property line seems cumbersome.  Additionally when I adjust a dimension line to move the building the actual building size changes rather that the entire building moving.  Maybe part of the problem is that the building I'm designing is just a pole barn and the only items that showed up from the main floor plan are the posts. So I did a manual outline and finagled it into a rough position on the site plan, but the fine adjustments are elusive.

 

Thanks, Tom

Bill Wimberley
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Site Plan

Tom, check out the Direction of North tutorial. It will tell you how to rotate your site plan without messing up the bearings. Rotate your site so that you can place your house in the proper orientation. For instance if you want the front of the house to be parallel with the front property line then rotate the site, using Direction of North, so that the property line matches your house drawing. Then in your house drawing switch over to Site Mode and select Draw--> Building Outline--> Generate Building Outline and save the outline to a file. Use SoftPlan Copy and Paste to paste the outline onto your site. Position the outline as desired. You can use dimensions to position the building outline where you want it. Add a reference point to your house and add the same reference point to the same location on the building outline in the site plan. Finally, add the site to the bottom of the Model area so that the site is the lowest drawing in the stack. Your house is now on the site and at the location you want it to be.

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Tom Sams
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Adjusting Building on Site Plan

Thanks Bill.  I read your tutorial and it makes it much clearer.  However, since we old people have a tougher time mentally digesting things, I'll read it a couple more times and try it on a practice drawing.  Rotating the site plan helps a lot, that way when I print it it will be nice a square or at least oriented in a better matter.

 

Tom

Bill Wimberley
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Older People

Tom, you aren't that much older than me. Older just means more experience and wisdom. At least that is what I keep telling myself.

Tom Sams
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Older but Wiser?

Thanks for the vote of confidence.  There was a great American philosopher (Clint Eastwood) who said, "A man's got to know his limitations!" But my dad used to tell me that if you don't ever reach for the stars, chances are a 100% you'll never hold one.  So I keep reaching, hoping that my limitations will not shrink too far as the brain cells deplete.

 

Tom

Bill Wimberley
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Philosopher

Another philosopher once said "It couldn't be done but the dang fool didn't know it and went ahead and did it anyway". Don't know who said it or what it has to do with anything but it has seemed to fit my situation many times.

Tom Sams
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Philosophers we've used

I guess there are a lot of us out there who at times have bumbled through things and when we looked back, could begin to tell someone how we got there to here. I had the privilege to spend 22 years in the Navy and of course you get to meet all kinds.  One of my favorite people was an old Admiral who had worked his way up though the ranks and was a genuine human being. His favorite quote was "If you always do what you've always done, then you'll always get what you've always had.  And I've never forgotten that and now that I look at it, maybe old Clint wasn't so smart after all. New topic coming up...