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JasonDentDesign
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Ok Struggling
SoftPlan Version:
2014 Plus

I am at wits end. Running in circles now....I,m attempting to have grade near where top of foundation wall at garage (not grasping levels I think). I'm floating..lol. Trying to put a porches on the front. I have walls coming thru the roof at rear...lol. Can't figure out slab to top of wall...in garage,porches etc.

Any help would be thankfully received and humbly applied.

Bill Wimberley
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Reference Points and Levels

Check out these tutorials and see if that gets you straightened out.

Proper use of Reference Points

Understanding Joist Levels

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

JasonDentDesign
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Float garage walls

So I have spent hours trying to resolve this issue. I started this project (On my home) Months ago...I did the actual house (which is area to the left of front door/link between garage and house. I mocked up the house to the nines. Had lots of fun playing with software. I now get back and start playing with the "addition...well I've deleted twice and even went so far as to recreate entire basement in hopes of resolving my issue. Did find and utilized the "cover floor" option I found. That worked for the front door area but garage still in the air. Bill I've tried wrapping my head around the links you sent and I'm not getting something. Having said that the entire main floor is same level and I'm just trying to figure out how to do a lowered floor in an area from the garage to main floor where exterior grade changes. Not sure if I'm making sense but I know how to built it but maybe losing in translation to my computer.

Bill M
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Jason I would ask you to

Jason I would ask you to attach the drawing here and take a look but I'm in the middle of building a new computer so won't be able to at this time.  You might attach it here and maybe someone will look at it.  

Bill Wimberley
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Attach Project

Like Bill said, if you will attach your project someone would be happy to take a look for you and get you back on the right track. The easiest way to do that would be from within SoftPlan select File⇒Send to⇒Compressed (zipped) folder. Then you can attach the zipped file to a Forum post by uploading it using the "Upload Files" field down below the area where you type when creating a Forum post.

JasonDentDesign
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Perfect you guys rock! I want

Perfect you guys rock! I want to try a few things first. I gave the docs Bill suggested another read with a clearer head.

JasonDentDesign
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I made space smaller ....how

I made space smaller ....how not sure but here is the zip. I have set horizon at where I want it in the front but I still have to drop floor (getting there) at area in from garage man door and I need to bring garage doors down so as to meet grade and give me higher ceiling in garage.Thanks for having a look. Much appreciated.

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Bill Wimberley
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Numerous problems

I noticed numerous problems that need to be corrected. As you gain experience with SoftPlan you will be able to avoid these in the future. The main thing to remember is that you are actually building a house. You have to assemble everything just like a real house. You can't have objects just floating in air or not aligned from floor to floor.

Basement: The basement walls are various heights. You can see the heights by switching to Roof Mode. While in Roof Mode select Options-->Visible Items and check Plate Height. Each wall that is at the same height will be the same color. Variations in color indicates variations in height. If your basement has varying height walls then the First Floor must have matching varying floor systems. You also have one wall on the left that varies in height from 10'-9.0938" to 16'-10.5625". This should be edited to remove the slope and make it the same as the other wall heights.

First Floor: You are missing the sill plate that would be resting on top of the concrete walls for the basement. The joists are raised up 1 1/2" as if the sill plate were there yet there is no sill plate. Additionally, you are missing the subfloor for the section going over to the garage.

Second Floor: Your floor joists are offset up 1 1/2". This is creating a 1 1/2" gap between the top of the first floor walls and the floor system for the second floor. You also do not have a subfloor. This puts the second floor walls directly on top of the joists rather than on a subfloor.

There is a slight problem with your reference points that are causing the walls to not line up properly. The reference point on the basement is located exactly on the outside corner. But the reference points for the First and Second floors are located on the outside of the siding. This is causing the walls to move in 1 1/2" rather than lining the upper wall framing with the outside of the concrete walls.

JasonDentDesign
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Thanks

I'll go through the list. Thanks so much. There was a second floor all finished but when I deleted and started over I was not going to waste my time redoing till the first floor lined up perfect. That wall on the left in the main floor view is because of the cathedral roof in great room. Bill thanks so much and I look forward to getting this done. It has been fun.