When drawing a new design, I start with the exterior walls, then develop the interior. Then I draw my decks/porches, but they always align with the bottom of the wall, not 4" below finished floor. I then adjust them in the elevation view. Then I place my columns, which usually snap to the decking, then I add my beams, which also tend to snap to the decking. From there, I fiddle with heights and placements, trying to get it looking aligned. once I add the roof, it is another round of adjusting heights on the elevation view to get gutters and fascia to align.
I would think there is a better way that would require less tinkering. can anyone give a quick rundown of their process?