How do I create a Dutch Gable roof?


How do I create a Dutch Gable roof in Designer Pro PLUS?

Designer Pro Dutch Gable Roof Sample


A Dutch hip roof, sometimes called a Dutch gable roof, is a combination of hip and gable roof styles in which a gable is located at the end of the ridge, at the top of a hip roof plane.  Creating a Dutch hip roof is easy to do by following the steps below.  

To create a Dutch hip roof

By default, the program will generate a hip roof over each wall in your plan.

  1. Select Build> Roof> Build Roof to open the Build Roof dialog box.  Check the box beside Build Roof Planes, then click OK to close the dialog box and automatically generate a hip roof.
  2. Click on one of the side edges of a roof plane that in which you would like to build a Dutch hip to select it along that edge.
  3. Click the Break Line  edit button, then click once along the edge that you selected to place a corner handle or ‘joint’ at that location.  Do not worry about exact placement at this time.
  4. Click on the edit handle that displays at the peak of the roof plane and drag it down to produce a triangular-shaped opening in the roof.
  5. Click on the new edge to select it and click the Make Parallel  edit button. Now click on the wall that the roof plane is resting on. This insures that the roof plane you just edited is parallel to that wall. 
  6. Select Up One Floor  to up to the Attic level. 
  7. Select Build> Wall> Exterior Wall  from the menu, then click and drag along the edge of the roof plane edge that you created in steps 2 and 3.  This will be the gable wall. 
    • The exterior surface of the wall should be just inside, or above, the top edge of the hip roof. 
    • If it is too low or too high, click on the wall to select it and use the Move  edit handle to move into the correct location. 
    • Alternatively, you may wish to move the roof plane edge to make room for the gable wall. 
  8. Select  Down One Floor  to return to Floor 1.  Notice the gable wall in the attic displays as red lines. 
  9. Click on one of the roof planes on either side of the Dutch hip to select it. 
  10. Click the Break Line  edit button, then click once along that edge to place a break at that location, like before.
    • Click and drag the edit handle at the ridge to create a new edge that is parallel to the gable wall.
    • Click the Make Parallel  edit button and click on the wall that the Dutch hip is bearing on to make it parallel to that wall. 
    • Adjust the position of the roof edge to create an overhang. 
  11. Repeat steps for the other side of the Dutch gable.