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Floor finishes on plans ...zones hatch accessories???


How to show floor finishes on a plan?


Zone.... but if I want to use the zone on other plans I have to use an GO which I only managed to use by saying the hatch should be overriden with a white pen. Now my kitchen object has small gaps caused by it.


Hatch. But that sounds like not very advanced


Accessories? Not used it before but wondering whether that is better? 


Needs to work with schedules later too


What about slab cover fills?

Archicad 26, build 3001

Doesn't that mean for each room a different slab?


It depends on the finish and structure but yes. 


For example, living room and bedroom could be the same, but bathroom would be different.


I always separate structural slabs and finishing slabs,  so my structural slab is one building material for the whole story, but finishes are composites with different skins.

Archicad 26, build 3001

 can put directly an image fill in the zone tool granting you have divided the spaces accordingly.

In the end what is your Objective?
ArchiCAD 9 onwards
Tim Ball

I’ve found the only way to really get it right is to use morphs for each floor finish. You can have different materials, different surfaces, attach data and schedule. Morphs crucially cut through door openings where slabs are tricky

Tim Ball

AC26, iMac

User since V5

I managed to get hold off the graphisoft hotline snd we found a GO which turned the hatch from the zone off on the plans we don't need it.


What are the reasons for people to add an extra slab or morpth if you can achieve it with zones???

It is not extra, I need it for my model, sections, etc..

Archicad 26, build 3001

Hi Tim Slabs work well because there's an ArchiCad rule to help with door openings.

If a Slab skin is defined as "Finish" it won't be cut and pass thru any door opening based aligned with the top off finish skins regardless of Material priority.


ArchiCad 3.43 to 26
MacOS Monterey
Erwin Edel

We model it with slab per finish (some finishes cover multiple rooms).


We generally have a very low building material strength, so even if you draft it sloppily, it should clean up in sections. However if you want a nice cover fill, it is better to draft it correct.


Often times we only have bathrooms with floor tiles to show as the end user will install floor finishes after receiving the keys.

Erwin Edel, Project Lead, Leloup Architecten

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