A little over a week ago, I sent off a backyard cottage I’d been working on to the Seattle permit office. While I waited for it to be reviewed, I spent some time updating the Shoegnome Open Template for ARCHICAD 20 with all the lessons I learned. As always, I found holes, errors, and opportunities to improve the template while working on a live project. You can click on the link below the image to be sent to the download page, or read on to learn about most/all of the changes I made.
There’s no theme to the updates, but I have sorted them by category to help you understand what’s changed.
- Layout Book:
- Updated Cover Sheet
- Updated Sheet list to show the same order as Layout Book (before it was alphabetical order, which could cause issues if some sheets had weird numbering…see next point).
- Added Seattle Specific Sheets (swap these to your weird local jurisdiction requirements or just delete them)
- Updated 8 1/2 x 11 sheet to include simple title block and better margins
- Created 22 x 34 blank master for placed PDF sheets (I place PDFs of structural, along with other consultants’ drawings, in the Layout Book. Also Seattle has a few sheet requirements that contain generic PDFs…see point 3).
- Updated Electrical and Structural Layout numbers
- New Composites: 2×6 and 11 7/8 floor framing
- Fixed Composite: Concrete over insulation
- Added Beams Layer to the Plan Layer Combination
- Renamed Rim Joist.Structural layer to Rim Joist, Headers, and Studs.Structural (I’m modeling headers and a few key studs now, so I put them all on the same layer as the rim joists. So far this seems to work).
- Graphic Overrides:
- Updated Graphic Override names for consistency
- Updated Graphic Override colors
- New GO: Uniform – Trees and Trees (Dark), trees have transparent background (before this Tress and furniture were the same GO, but only furniture should have an opaque background).
- New GO: Window Egress Check (if you set the Egress ARCHICAD Property, Egress windows will show Green and non-Egress will show Red in both 2D and 3D).
- New GO: Translucent Furniture (in 3D so that furniture is there, but ghosted).
- Updated fill color of framing lumber
- Updated background fill pen of toilets
- Updated window and door ARCHICAD Properties
- Updated window/door Label to have Opaque background
- Updated Tub Favorite
- Added Label for beams and headers
- Added exterior double door
- Added bifold closet door
- Added more Lighting Favorites for electrical plans
- Other minor tweaks to favorites I forgot to document.
- I added a number of ARCHICAD Properties that relate to Windows and Doors. Check the updated schedules, or look at the Favorites.
- I updated the Window and Door Schedules to provide all the information I need for Seattle. The schedules are now based on Position and ARCHICAD Properties. I’m fairly happy with them right now.
- Under Project Preferences/Legacy I changed line type for above Home Story to solid.
- I fixed a number of minor things on the example building, mostly inconsequential graphics and line weights.
For more about the original release of the Shoegnome Open Template for ARCHICAD 20, click here.
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