I am adding a wrap around porch to a house I am developing in Softplan 2012. I used a four-step (draw/deck/deck components) approach in doing so. First, I placed PT 2x10 rim joists around the entire perimeter. Second, I placed double PT 2x10 beams periodically as needed. Third, I placed joists at 16" o.c. from beam-to-beam. And, finally, I installed the deck surfaces above. This method resulted in the framing I was hoping to achieve, as well as allowed me to turn the decking material at the corner, as desired.
I have three questions as a result:
1. Is there an easier way (not that this was difficult) to achieve what I have described when creating a multi-directional deck?,
2. I would like to use PT 2x8 joists, but rim joist and deck joists keep toggling to each other's size. Am I missing something?, and
3. In the "3D textured" view of the model, I am seeing the butt ends of both rim joists at the outside corner. Can this be avoided?