I’m fairly new to the software, but have been building out our vacation home (currently being built in real life) so I can visualize things and help decide how the kitchen should be laid out. I can’t find any generic shapes or even beams to use for a support beam I need to put up.
Since nothing needs to be structurally accurate, I have sometimes repurposed a cabinet to make low partitions, and that looks fine. But for a beam, the cabinets have no bottom, so that trick won’t work.
What is the best way to do this?
If your asking why I’m not using walls for a partition. It kept connecting with an existing wall and closing off a large opening in the wall that leads to a lower level (not another floor, but a lower level. I’m sure there was a way to do it correctly, but I got frustrated.
I’m attaching my version using a stretched out cabinet as the beam so you can get an idea of what i’m trying to do.
You want to use the members tool and it should give you an option to use multiple different kinds of beams.
That must not be available in Personal Architect (everything looks like your screenshot, but that icon isn’t there). Shoot.
That’s to bad
You should have a Floor option that says ‘ by Pick Points.
Draw the floor to match width of beam and length in between walls .
Right click and assign thickness to the floor 11 1/2″ or whatever. This is beam depth.
You can adjust the width in 2D plan view by dragging sides to proper width.
In 2D , select the floor, Right Click, select ‘Elevate’ , this will raise the beam into position.
Thanks so much. I actually ended up doing just that for one beam. I found that starting with the 12″ x 12″ Gypsum Pier worked well for other things. I used it paper thin inside of exterior doors so I could have a different finish on the inside. It’s a very flexible object.
Good to hear. Workarounds are fun sometimes.