I would like to create a split level entry to a house. How can I do that?
A split level entry consists of a landing with a floor height between the first floor and the basement. This kind of entry can be created by controlling the floor and ceiling heights in your plan. For the purposes of this example, we will walk through creating this scenario in a basic plan, and you can then take that knowledge to apply to your own designs.
To create the space
Click File> New Plan from the menu, then select Build> Wall> Straight Exterior Wall and draw a basic rectangular, 30'x40' structure.
Next, select Build> Railing and Deck> Straight Railing , and draw a small room at the front of the structure, as shown below.
Note:The dimensions for the railings are based off the interior measurements.
Using theSelect Objects tool, click inside of the small room to select it, then click the Open Object edit button.
On the General panel of the Room Specification, change the Room Type to Open Below, then click OK to apply this change and close the dialog.
Next, select Build> Floor> Build Foundation... to display the Build Foundation dialog.
On the Foundation panel:
SelectWalls with FootingsunderFoundation Type.
UnderStem Walls, set theMinimum Heightto 101 1/8" to give a Basement Ceiling Height of97 1/8" then click OK.
In the New Floor dialog that displays, select Derive new foundation plan from 1st floor plan and click OK to display the foundation.
From floor 0, you can now turn on Reference Floor Display by selecting Tools> Reference Floors> Reference Floor Display and continue with drawing the stairs.
To draw the stairs
Select Build> Stairs> Landing , and draw a rectangle inside the area below the open below room created earlier.
Use the Select Objects tool to select the landing, and click the Open Object edit button to display the Stair Landing Specification dialog.
On the General panel:
Uncheck Auto Adjust Height When Connected to Stairs.
Uncheck Auto Adjust Thickness When Connected to Stairs.
Set theTop Heightto -52 1/2in. and theThicknessto 12" and clickOK.
With the landing still selected, click the Break Line edit button and place a break in the Center of the top edge of the landing.
Next, select Build> Stairs> Straight Stairs .
Hold down the Alt / Option key and drag the first set of stairs from the landing down to the basement floor.
Draw a second stair from the landing to the upper level. There is no need to hold the Alt / Option key for this stair section.
Select the landing's bottom edge and click Open Object edit button to display the Stair Landing Specification dialog again.
Check the No Railing on Selected Edge checkbox and click OK.
Go up one floor and click 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Camera and draw a full camera pointing at the entry.
You can place a door, adjust its height, and finish the rest of the plan.