Join Jim LaPier for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating walls, part of Up and Running with Vectorworks.
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Now that we have our PDF underlay imported and scaled, we can begin tracing it with our building components like walls. I'll make sure that Floor 1 is set as the active layer, and we can see the PDF disappears. I'm going to go down to the navigation palette, and set this to Show/Snap Others. Now we can see the PDF and snap to it, but we can't accidentally move or modify it. I'm going to use the zoom wheel to zoom into the entrance way here, and in the Building Shell tool palette, I'm going to select the Wall tool.
I'm going to make sure that the Left Control Point mode is turned on, and I'm going to select Ext-2x4 with Siding as my wall type. Now, I can simply trace around the exterior of the wall. Make sure you use your Zoom Snap Loop, to prevent any unnecessary zooming and panning. And here we have our exterior wall. Now, I'm going to change my wall style to Exterior, CMU, 8 inch, with a stucco finish. I am going to use this to draw the porch and the garage. Note where the walls intersect, Vectorworks automatically closes and joins the walls.
Now, we'll draw the interior walls using an Interior 2x4 with half inch chipboard. For wall segments like this, make sure you double-click to end the command, otherwise you'll be kept in the wall command indefinitely. Notice when I get close to a wall, if it highlights red, this means it will automatically join. And keep in mind, if you are on the wrong side of your wall as you are drawing, you can use the U key to switch your control points, so that you are on the right side. If, for some reason, your wall doesn't join, you can leave it and we'll address this in a later video.
We're going to ignore the stair area for now, as well as this half height wall. Now that we have most of our walls drawn, let's take a quick look in isometric view. I'm going to make sure that Unified View is checked, and change the view to Right Isometric. We can see the walls that we've drawn but they have no height. I'm going to go to Edit > Select All, and change the Top Bound to Layer Wall Elevation.
For the bottom bounding while I'm here, I'm also going to set that to Layer Elevation. Now we can see our plan is beginning to come to life.
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