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#1 Josh Friesen

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 01:57 PM

Hi all!

I'm very new to this program! I'm just loving it! My question is how do I adjust the house elevation? I'd like to draw a bi-level and I'm not sure how i can draw the house so that it's 5' out of the ground. Can someone please help me with this? Thanks so much!



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Posted 06 November 2015 - 03:55 PM

There are 2 ways, but both involve adjusting the ground. Don't even try to adjust the height of the house, you will just end up completely confused.

 

Softplan assumes that the bottom of the basement is ZERO. In Softview's 3D model window, go to options (I think you want the setup tab, but I'm not at a Softplan computer at the moment) and adjust the height of the AUTO-HORIZON accordingly. So with an 8' basement if you want it 5' out of the ground, you would set the auto horizon at 3' - if you want it 6" out of the ground set the auto horizon at 7'-6" etc.

 

The second way involves creating a Site plan, and marking ALL the site grades with shot points etc. to suit the same ZERO grade. If you want to show anything except a FLAT site, then you will have to create a site plan. Usually I think most people create separate SITE PLANS, but you can use SITE PLAN MODE in the lowest floor level if you wish. The separate site plan method is preferable, as you can then remove it from the model if required.


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#3 Keith Almond

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 11:09 AM

Just to add to that, to do a bi-level .... The most important thing (at least from my perspective) is to map out where you want all the levels beforehand, so that you know what all the relevant heights should be. Then add a circular reference point on plan, where the lowest point of that level is. The circular reference point stacks differently from the others. It stacks HORIZONTALLY & VERTICALLY at the reference point, so it puts the BOTTOM of the next level at the TOP of the highest point AT THE CIRCULAR REFERENCE. All the other reference points stack properly in a HORIZONTAL PLANE, but put the BOTTOM of the level, on top of the HIGHEST point of the lower level .... THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT

 

It is easier if all your elevation heights are positive, but they can go down too. It just makes calculations that much more awkward sometimes.

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#4 Keith Almond

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 11:23 AM

Not sure I explained that too well, but if you have questions ... ASK!


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#5 randolph cohn

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 03:47 PM

the main reason you want to use the site plan as it's own drawing ( in site mode)

is so you can elevate the lowest floor plan up or down as needed where it'd be according

to the topography of the site.

note: you put the site plan below all the floor plans in the / navigation / model.

 

while in the site plan

file / drawing options / drawing options /

 

site options (left click) 

check the "box" to left of "building position"

and than fill in the blank area to "right of / elevation offset"

depending on dimension you put in there (+/-)

it'll MOVE the building > UP or DOWN (you check the UP or DOWN button) in relationship to the terrain / grade.

NOTE: it'll MOVE ALL THE FLOOR  (together) at one time

 

there's more to it than explained above.

all I can say it's definitely the way to go and

makes elevating all the floor together much easier.

 

tip:  you "save as" the site from the lowest floor which is usually your basement or foundation plan.

 

note: after you draw the site plan "meets and bounds"  (if you know it which will give

you the site lines) around the lowest floor plan

than than do the save as but BEFORE you delete the walls and anything else, make sure

you do a "building outline" /  read up on this in HELP (top right in the drawings and far left in the ribbon of "help")

 

i'm sure others will give you other ways to do the same thing.

 

note: do the site boundaries' via the meets and bounds (directions and lengths of the outside of the site)

 

note: if you plan on doing realistic 3d renderings, you really do need to include the topography and size

of the site / lot.

if you do the building outline, it'll remove all the earth that would have to be excavated and more

and will give you the quantity of earth to be removed. this will come in handy if you do softlist.

 

softplan / softview / softlist are super powerful tools for architectural design / estimating / con docs / 3d rendering.

 

it's hard to complete with those designers that use it for all the above.


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Posted 07 November 2015 - 08:26 PM

... you "save as" the site from the lowest floor which is usually your basement or foundation plan.

 

I normally go into SITE PLAN MODE on the Foundation/Basement floor level, and click Generate Building Outline. This creates a Site plan automatically, and lets you do a "Save As".


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