custom trim- windows, doors, porch brest.

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marty
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custom trim- windows, doors, porch brest.
SoftPlan Version:
2012

I have a few newbie questions.

I work for a custom home designer and there are a few items that I am having difficulty with.

Any ideas on how I could accomplish custom trim details like my attached pdf? It will be a formed canamould look and a custom sill detail as well with a custom key.

I also cannot figure out how to properly draw a porch brest. I'm guessing I need to add materials to a dropped beam? this is something I have been drawing in 2D. Perhaps that's the best way to do it?

Also I have a home that will be needing some custom eave brackets spaced about 2' apart.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

 

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Bill Wimberley
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Opening trim

Marty, are you needing this just for 2D or do you need both 2D and 3D? If just for 2D you can create a symbol of the trim that you place on each opening then explode the symbol and Move Block the ends to the proper width.

If you need 3D that will be more involved and you will need to use a modeling program such as Sketchup to create the 3D components.

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

marty
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3D TRIM DETAILS

It would be best if I could accomplish this in 3D. The home is HUGE and will have elevation many elevation views of the details at 45 degree angles. 

I have been able to create a crown detail (fypon style) to place over my windows. I did it in Sketchup. I had to save it in the pediments details. It was tricky. One issue I am having is the details like this seem to be very size specific. When I apply a pediment on different size windows it will scale the entire pediment up instead of stretching the width and leaving the height. I am guessing I will have to make these details size specific to each window?

 

Bill Wimberley
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3D Trim Details

Unfortunately yes you would need to make separate models for the various opening sizes. But it's not that difficult once you create the model for one size.

One suggestion. You will probably find that you are getting triangulation in the trim when you save the 2D elevations. I would recommend saving out 2D versions of each size of the trim as you go along. You can then use the clean 2D versions from Sketchup to replace the triangulated versions created by SoftPlan.

marty
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WINDOW TRIM

Would I be making the window in Sketchup as well so the trim and everything is one 3d symbol or just the trim and apply it to the window somehow?

I have never made a window in Sketchup before. 

Bill Wimberley
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Custom Trim

Just create the models in Sketchup and then create symbols from the Sketchup models. You would then place them on the window in the floor plan. I would probably assign a layer to all of the trim symbols so you can turn the layer off once you get the trims in place. Once you have set the trim symbols in place generate elevations so you can take measurements to determine what the proper offsets should be in order to get the trim symbols at the proper height.

marty
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CUSTOM TRIM

Thanks Bill,

Much appreciated.

I did find I could create custom profiles just by drawing 2d lines and use those for the window trim on some of the more basic trimmed windows. I can even mix and match different trim details. Pretty cool stuff.