Split level

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Split level

Postby johannafikkers » January 1st, 2018, 9:13 pm

Hi, Just wondering how to add a split level to my house design?
We live on a sloped block so the house is ground level from the front but then is effectively 3 levels at the back.
We step down from the back of the main house about 6 steps (1.2m) to an outdoor area which has the same roof height as the main house (like a sunken room), then there are another 6 steps (1.2m) or so that takes you to the under house storage area.

I'm trying to model this sunken outdoor area as this is the space we want to renovate.

I cannot figure out how to set the room floor level as 1.2m lower than the main house but the same roof height. The Elevation on floor won't let me set anything past 0.2m ?? Am I doing something wrong? Seems like I should be able to set it for a lower amount than that?
Thanks in advance.
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Re: Split level

Postby dougdownunder » February 4th, 2018, 6:00 pm

Hi Mate, i spent hours and hours on this last year and contacted igor at belight but the software does not support split levels. which is a real shame because it's a great program and as a house designer it is my quick go too.
Maybe if more people ask them they might make it happen.

Only thing you can do is sunken floor area inside walls.
If you have any luck please let me know as i have project on go as well.

Kind regard

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Re: Split level

Postby HSIEGEL » March 29th, 2018, 12:11 pm

I also have this problem. We have a "sunken" den and I can't lower it on my layout beyond a very limited depth DESPITE the video saying otherwise. Very frustrating to spend a lot of time modeling my home only to hit this obstacle that essentially ruins the plan!
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Re: Split level

Postby GregR60 » March 29th, 2018, 8:30 pm

I am clearly not the only one having trouble with this.
It should be a standard, surely, that one 'storey' could have differing floor levels?
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Re: Split level

Postby Igor Lizunov » April 5th, 2018, 9:53 am

The program does not allow you to set up the wall height directly. All Story Walls on each story have the same height equal to the story height. To change it, use the Building Properties tab in the Inspector. The height of a Loft Wall is limited by the roof located on the same story above the wall. If there is no roof, the height of a Loft Wall is equal to the story height.
To create a short wall, add a Building Block of the appropriate size. It is important to note that you will not be able to install any object like a door or opening into a Building Block. Building Blocks cannot connect to walls.

But there is a workaround to create separate levels. In case of small levels difference on the first story, you can set negative elevation for a floor object:

and compensate this by adjusting Elevation and Foundation parameters on Building tab:

If the difference in levels is bigger, you can draw the additional story and a ceiling opening between it and the story below:

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