Wall Layer vertical height adjustment



Hi Guys,

First off, I just want to say that VisualARQ is a fantastic product! Hands down the best Rhino plugin for Architectural designers.
I do however have a question in relation to creating a wall object and how one would structure the wall layers/components. I like that I am able to add different wall layers made up of different materials, but as far as I can see, I cannot change the individual layer heights which by at least version 2, I thought would’ve been high on the priority list. I say this because, every Architectural BIM product I know of, not only allows the horizontal modification of wall layers, but also the vertical heights of said layers.

Here in Western Australia, the following pics below show the typical method of construction:


Eaves Construction:

As you can see, there are varied heights at both levels. I know this can possibly be achieved by creating a GH style, but I wouldn’t even know where to start?! I also am aware that I can add/subtract a solid at both levels, but this would not only be cumbersome but extremely time consuming - not to mention that this method also introduces more errors into the model which is the opposite of what this plugin is already achieving in so many other areas - speed!
For 90% of the designs I produce, there are always varying wall heights, so could you please consider adding this feature before the final VA 2.0 is released?

The video tutorial in the link below explains exactly what I and so many other Australian/International users need when constructing a particular wall type - vertical height adjustment (The merging feature looks awesome too, but this can be added at a later date… :grin: ):
Modifying compound wall layers in Revit

I may be missing another method that would solve my issue or at least make it a lot easier, and if I am, could you please let me know? Thanks.

Again, thanks for a great product!


Hi Steven, the feature to set the wall height by layer is in the things-to-do list, waiting for its turn to be developed. But I can’t promise it will be ready for the 2.0 version. Perhaps in a further 2.1 or 2.2. version. We will see.

As another workaround you can use the vaWallExtend command to extend the wall upwards or downwards. Only the part of the wall that is placed above (or below) the object will be extended, while the other part will remain at it was(according to its position and height).


Ah yes… the Wall extend command. I actually did know about this feature but I didn’t know it worked as well as this! Great, I’ll try your suggested method.