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New Forest Steve

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  1. Agree with you - I find this often with part brick/part rendered walls and with things like conservatories where the bottom is brick, and the glazing, including door, etc is white uPVC. If I'm feeling lazy, I can't be bothered, so make the whole thing brick - which gives me brick window pillars, and looks silly!
  2. If we wait long enough (late 2011? early 2012?) M$ will bring forth Windows 8 and we can have our choice of tablets that have both touch apps & "real PC" apps, including VW !!!
  3. Well thanks Peter! So simple ... perhaps a brief mention in the manual might be warranted? As I use VW/Landmark not VW/Architect I don't have "fit wall to roof", but it's very straight forward to select the wall & use 3D reshape to add a couple of extra vertices at the new roof points. Appreciate your help ... Steve R.
  4. Hi Peter - nice try with the "handle" - actually, my name's Steve and I live in "The New Forest" near Southampton, UK (which dates back to about 1079, created by King William, so not very "new")- so, a kinda boring handle really! Attached are three images of part-hip roofs - the first doesn't show it very well, so I iPhone'd a couple local to me this morning. Happy holidays! [img:center] [/img] [img:center] [/img] [img:center] [/img]
  5. That's quite often true, but a with-slope tool would allow me to have several adjoined hardscape sections, each having their own slope - so I could have channel or slot drains picking up the edge of a section, themselves sloping to a drain gully, and/or sections of hardscape joining at angles with opposing slopes to create "valleys" which fall to drains or other channels, etc.
  6. The hardscape tool is very comprehensive, but only creates level surfaces - i.e. a zero "slope". In the real world, hardscapes always have a slope to allow for surface drainage of rain water, etc. If hardscape is modelled without a slope, it can impact on the validity of the model where the hardscape joins other parts of a landscape design - for example: "A patio / terrace adjoins a house. The patio extends 5 metres out from the house to a retaining wall with steps down to a lower level terrace / lawn. The patio has a fall of 1:75 from the house to the retaining wall edge, which means it's "Z" value drops by 67mm from the house edge to the retaining wall edge. Not very much, but enough to make construction detail drawings wrong for the retaining wall and steps - unless the lower "Z" value is used for the hardscape - which then makes door thresholds / steps into the house wrong." I've been using "roof face" as a work-around (suggested by Tamsin Slatter) instead of "hardscape", so that I can give a correct "Z" value and specify the slope I want - but this means I don't have all the hardscape's border / jointing options, and it doesn't give me area sizes, etc. as does a hardscape item. Another alternative (suggested by Jonathon Pickup) is to create a site-modifier sloping pad at the required finished surface level, and cloak it with a texture bed. This too works for giving a correct 3D view, but doesn't allow the surface material to have a thickness (so construction sections have to be manually edited) and still lacks the hardscape's border / jointing options. It also impacts on doing true site work in my DTM to get the correct pad for the patio foundation, etc. What I'd like is a "slope" specification in the create hardscape tool, preferably one which operates in much the same way as the sloping pad site modifier - i.e. with a re-positionable gradient arrow which documents the rise or fall, so I can have a diagonal fall if I want, to a corner low-point, or to a central drain gully, etc. Can I also add that specifying the slope in the pad site modifier (and in my desired hardscape option) should also allow "rise over run" - as with the roof face tool - so I could actually say "1 over 75", rather than having to calculate this as a percentage!
  7. A very common roof style is one which is part-gabled, part-hipped - i.e. where the gable wall is trapezoidal rather than triangular with a hip section above the gable, and with the adjacent roof faces having a "chamfered" edge to match the gable + hip arrangement. It may be possible to do this with roof faces, but I don't see an easy way of doing this with the create roof tool. The create roof tool generates a hipped roof which can then have each face changed to eave (hipped), gable or dutch-hip - but I'd like my new option of part-gable added to this list, with the ability to specify how far up the gable wall the hip part should be. I'm using Vectorworks/Landmark 2011.
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