Modern Flat/Shed Roof with Windows

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Tami Olsen
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Modern Flat/Shed Roof with Windows
SoftPlan Version:
2016 Plus

I'm laying out an existing design on softplan and the house has various levels of flat/shed roofs, as well as a walk-out basement. There are long transom windows between the levels of roof as shown on the attached image. Would it be better to draw a third floor level with stubby walls for the vertical walls separating the roof levels or to draw everything on the main level and just offset it above the ceiling?

Bill Wimberley
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Roof

I would draw it as just 2 levels. You want to keep all your roofs on the same drawing and adding in a third drawing would make doing so a bit more difficult.

1. Wall set with the offset to be at the top of the beam and set to "Hidden" so that it does not show or interfere with other walls
2. Set the bottom of the beam to be the same as the top of the wall below. Also set to "Hidden".
3. Bottom of beam set to ceiling height. Not hidden.
4. Wall set with the offset to be at the top of the beam and set to "Hidden"

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Tami Olsen
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Thanks!

Thanks! This one's going to be a challenge. Lots of levels inside and out!

Tami Olsen
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Walls not playing nice

I've been trying to get these beams/walls to look right, and every time I get something adjusted, something else goes haywire.

I started out with beams, but they were just getting in the way and weren't helping with the walls as far as I could see. Plus, to get the walls to cover them I had to extend them to cover the floor, which made them drop too far and cover parts of windows.

So I tried just extending the walls up on two sides, and drawing short walls up on the other two. That worked fine until I did a cleanup and they dropped to the floor. Then I put them back and unchecked cleanup and the corners broke apart.

I haven't even tried to get the roof on yet. I'll have to do this over the bedroom area and the garage too. The entry, the porch, and the mudroom/laundry will be flat roofs. Is there anything that will make my life easier here?

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Bill Wimberley
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Walls

Hidden walls will only join with hidden walls and unhidden walls will only join with unhidden walls. You are trying to join corners with a mixture of hidden and unhidden walls which is why your corners are not joining. So to make your configuration work you need to draw the lower portion with all unhidden walls. Then stack hidden walls for the upper section on top. The easiest way to accomplish that is to draw your upper section slightly inside or outside of the lower section. Set the offsets of the upper section to be at the top of the lower walls and uncheck cleanup for all walls for the upper section. Then move the upper hidden walls into place on top of the normal lower walls. To insert your windows into the upper walls either insert them before moving the walls into place or insert them while viewing in a 3D mode.

Tami Olsen
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Thanks

Thanks Bill! Now the client wants to see a low hip roof on the house. Time to break the model again!