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#1 Delane Barrus

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Posted 20 May 2021 - 04:23 PM

There is a 18' tall study in our plan. We are wanting to create a loft area accessed by a narrow spiral staircase in part of the room. The open side would have railing. 

If I try to create an elevated area using floor joists, SoftPlan wreaks havoc on the entire plan - deleting or replacing my flooring throughout the house. 

The quick and dirty way seemed to be to create a deck inside this room and finish the underside off with a solid that I gave the appropriate texture. 

I did search the forum for answers on this. The link below is the only thing I could find. Do I need to create new half-walls for this room  - a support beam and fake the floor? Is this the best way to accomplish this?

http://softplan.com/...h-loft/?p=16485

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#2 Keith Almond

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Posted 21 May 2021 - 05:48 AM

Softplans floors need a very simple fix ... Allow users to select a level BEFORE putting the floor in.

 

In situations like that, I've drawn the floor outside the plan. Changed it's level, and then moved it into place. A lot depends on whether or not you use Softlist. I don't, so any quick and dirty design works fine for me.


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#3 Sam Morgan

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Posted 21 May 2021 - 06:53 AM

I use a deck, exactly the way you did


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#4 Mark Petri

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Posted 21 May 2021 - 08:41 AM

My understanding is when you choose to draw a floor system part, you do have the option to select a level for it. So, before drawing, just select the level and then draw what you need. Also, a lot depends on how you want to clean up your sections, etc. If you want to see the platform framing as most often it would be built, you will want to do offsets and walls below and above the loft, thus 2 floor levels. But for the quick and simple version the deck idea works. Or just a 3D solid can work.


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#5 Keith Almond

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Posted 21 May 2021 - 11:28 AM

My understanding is when you choose to draw a floor system part, you do have the option to select a level for it ...

 

How do you choose a level before adding the floor?


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#6 Jim Johnson

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Posted 21 May 2021 - 12:08 PM

How do you choose a level before adding the floor?

 

You should see a drop down on the status bar after selecting Floor System or a Floor Component to choose a Level.



#7 Keith Almond

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Posted 21 May 2021 - 12:38 PM

Are we talking 2022 or 2020 ... this has been posted in a 2020 forum.


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#8 Keith Almond

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Posted 21 May 2021 - 01:22 PM

Damn ... Didn't even know that was there ... funny how you get used to doing things a certain way isn't it ...  I know the answer will upset me, but how long has that being there?


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#9 Jim Johnson

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Posted 21 May 2021 - 01:24 PM

Keith,  You made me look!  I checked both and it's there.

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#10 Keith Almond

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Posted 21 May 2021 - 03:19 PM

Yes, I know it's there NOW, but wasn't aware of it EARLIER ... Thanks for making me look ike an idiot - Although to be fair, I don't need much help.


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#11 Mark Petri

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Posted 21 May 2021 - 09:44 PM

I am always amazed at what I miss that you guys show me with how you answer questions and solve problems others have on the forum. The forum is really a great tool for all of us.


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#12 ROBERT BROGAN

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Posted 22 May 2021 - 10:59 AM

Did you try building a landing ? you are attaching stairs to it.....a landing is adjustable / size depth / elevation 

 

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Posted 22 May 2021 - 09:33 PM

Yes, I know it's there NOW, but wasn't aware of it EARLIER ... Thanks for making me look ike an idiot - Although to be fair, I don't need much help.

While I can't speak for everyone, I think you would have a hard time finding someone in this forum that would agree with you looking like an idiot.  I learn a lot from reading your posts.


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