I bought the TFP SW in early Dec. so I qualify as a newbe, although I have used CAD SW for years. I realize I should start with simple projects but I’m faced with two big things.
1. I’m on the envelop committee for the ski area condo building. It’s large (75 units, 3 floors, lots of levels and built on a hillside) and requires new siding, windows, exterior doors and roofing. The existing building is dark brown cedar clapboards with blue 1x4 trim around windows, exterior doors, and blue fascia, 1x12 footer board and entry trim. The blue on brown breaks up what would otherwise be very plain. As we consider various proposals I’d like to model them and see what it would look like. That means I’d like to put the trim on the window or door in one place then insert it 150 or 200 times. For the next proposal I want to then change it one place and see the color and trims all over the mode. Is that possible? If so how?
2. I am looking for a new house and I expect to have to add to it an attached shop, pool room and greenhouse. Each house is on sloping terrain (I will be moving close to the ski area) and may or may not have a garage. So I want a way to roughly model the exterior of houses on something that is visually like the property. Then I want to draw the addition and connect the existing roof to the new roof. In general that means an addition that wraps around a corner of the existing building and has a roof that extends beyond the walls of the addition to make a dormer-like connection to the existing roof. I can’t figure how to do that. When I add ‘roof by perimeter’ I get hip things with lots of illogical valleys. When I try to convert hips to gables I get all kinds of strange things including at one pint a peak that ran diagonally across the addition. Specifically how do you start with a roof that has two offset but parallel peaks and add a peak that is perpendicular to one of those peaks, but where the width of the roof spans the existing overlap? Note the second point is not disconnected from the first, I can get the roofs right on the condo either.
Thank you in advance, and if it’s been covered previously I will be delighted to follow a suggested link.