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Irish2
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Townhomes
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I am working on a townhome development that has a mixture of 4-plexes, 6 & 8 plexes. They are all 2 story with different options for the upper so any given size of plex will be a mix and match type of thing. I have drawn all of the individual units but am unsure of how to create a "plex" since each unit has its own reference point. Obviously I need to create the plex in order to do the elevations, sections, etc. I have created a subfolder for each plex and brought in the relevant units for it so that whatever I would do wouldn't affect the "base" units. Not sure of my next step though! Any help would be much appreciated.

Bill Wimberley
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Building Options

I do plans for one builder who wants me to use Building Options to keep all of the various options for each plan all in one Project. For instance the 4th bedroom might have an option to be a study. The Kitchen might have an alternate configuration. The upstairs may have several different configurations. By using Building Options I create all of the various main floor options in the main floor plan and all of the various upstairs options in the upper floor plan. Then he can mix and match the options by simply turning on and off options.

You can do something similar with your plans. I would make separate projects for the 4, 6, and 8-plex plans. Eash project would have the appropriate main floor plan. The upper floor plan for each project would be made using Building Options. You assign each version to a Building Option but they all remain in just 1 plan. Depending on how different each upstairs version is you might want to create an entire complete upstairs version for each Building Option or you might just want to assign Building Options to just the portions that change.

If you need more help with this subject I can explain it further.

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

Irish2
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But how?

Thanks Bill. I thought about building options as well but have no experience with them to date and the first 2 plexes are due in a couple of days so I think I will just use 2D for now till I get past this deadline. Still, since I already have the individual units as their own .spd, how to bring several units together on the same drawing? They each have their own reference points, obviously, for stacking. 

Bill Wimberley
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Model

Let's assume that you are working on the 4-plex. In the project you have the first floor and 3 different versions of the second floor. So the drawing files are something like Main Floor, Upper Floor A, Upper Floor B, Upper Floor C.

In the Model area of the Navigation Pane place the Main Floor and Upper Floor A with Upper Floor A on the top. You now have your "A" model. Save the project as 4-Plex A.

For your "B" model drag out the Upper Floor A plan and replace it with the Upper Floor B plan. You now have your "B" model. Save the project as 4-Plex B.

Repeat for the "C" model.

Irish2
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Model

Yes, got that. Now how about all the different units side-by-side in one drawing so I can do the elevations, foundation, sections, etc.? That is where I'm getting stumped. This is where having the different "plex" folders comes into play so I can put the different pieces together in the order they are but I still need something that has them all together in one drawing.

Bill Wimberley
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Neighborhoods

If I understand correctly, you are trying to place multiple buildings into 1 plan to show them all together. This can be done using Neighborhood.

Create a new project and call it something like Full Complex.

Create a drawing in this new project and switch to Site mode.

Select the Model tab. Click on Neighborhood to activate it then select Add House.

Browse to the project folder for the first "Plex" you want to add to the drawing. Select the Project file. Place the drawing.

Repeat for other drawings you want to add.

Buildings can be moved around by selecting Move and then click somewhere on the house.

Buildings can be rotated by editing the building and changing the "Angle" setting.

Neighborhood is sort of like Multi-Drawing on steroids.

 

Irish2
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Not sure

Thank you Bill. That would be what I need to know to show the whole site but I don't think that will do what I need right now. Obviously I'm not explaining it real well. So, I am working on a 4-plex right now. Each unit is 2 stories. Side by side lets say they are a unit A2, then a C4, then a B2 and the other end is a A4. Each unit, side by side and up and down is different from the others. I have both levels, as 2 different .spd's, of each unit drawn separately. In order to do my exterior elevations, sections and foundation plan for the 4-plex, I need to put them together side by side so I can generate the drawings I need. Remember that each floor of each unit has its own reference point so they can stack properly to the one above/ below it. How can I bring all 4 of these units into the same drawing so I can do what I need?

Bill Wimberley
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Huh?

You're going to have to draw me a picture of what you are trying to do. I'm totally lost about what you are talking about.

yvongonthier
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4 plex

Can you create additional drawings for each storeys where you merge the 2 units that are on the same level? You'll probably need to reverse one side unless you already have a right and left for every options. Then, you can stack the different levels to create your elevations.