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Dormer Issues

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Two problems I'm having with a dormer. 

1. When I place a dormer, half of the roof is missing. 

2. Is there a way for the dormer to cut an opening into the roof?

Anyone have any ideas on how to fix the first one and accomplish the second one?

Sky

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I think this may have to do with the way I created this roof shape. To be able to create a gable at the end of another gable, I make a 1" notch in the polygon used to create the roof. The roof face on that side has the problem. If I place a dormer window on the other side, it does it correctly - including making a hole in a roof. 

 

I'm including a file with just the roof in it. 

 

BTW, another thing I can't do is control the interior finish of the gable walls. If it is stucco on the outside, it shows as stucco on the inside. Very annoying for my renderings. 

Dormer Test.vwx

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Thanks for the file, Sky.

Vectorworks 2018 fixed many issues similar to this so I’m surprised this is happening in that version. I submitted a bug with the file.

One workaround I can think of would be to break the main roof up into separate roof objects by making the gable and Dutch gable with separate roof objects. I realize this is not ideal.

Another option would be to create the dormer “manually” by placing separate walls with the window and a roof for the dormer. Then manually cut the hole in the main roof by placing a polygon in Top/Plan View and using the Subtract Surface command. 

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@Matt Panzer Hi Matt, do you know how to follow up on bug reports? This bug is still not fixed in VW2019. Manually making dormers is a real pain. Thanks.

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Hi @Sky,

You're right. I still see the issue in 2019. I added a note on the bug report to try to bump this up in the priority list.

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Sky, Does this problem continue with every dormer? I have found that some similar visibility issues in 2019 are resolved (mostly) if I just re-do the work. For example walls that aren't visible in Open GL that are replaced with new walls often work as designed.

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@Jim Smith I don't know if it is every dormer, but I tried recreating the same roof in VW2019 and had the exact same problem. 

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