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|The Basic Edit Types|
There are six Edit Behavior modes that determine how edit handles affect an object, and may also affect how objects are drawn.
|Setting Array Copy Intervals, Angles and Quantities|
The Multiple Copy edit button makes it easy to create regularly spaced or concentric copies of any object or group of objects.
|Polylines - Breaking Polylines|
The Break Line edit tool can be used to create two types of breaks: partial breaks and complete breaks.
|Polylines - Merging Polylines that Overlap|
Use the Polyline Union edit button to combine two or more closed polylines or solids into a single object.
|Polylines - Subtracting Polylines that Overlap|
Use the Polyline Subtract edit button to subtract the area of one object that overlaps another object of the same type to create a third, new object.
|Using the Trim and Extend Commands|
The Extend Objects and Trim Objects edit tools allow you to lengthen or shorten a variety of CAD objects and framing members.
|Cutting a Hole in a Floor Platform|
Use the Hole in Floor Platform tool to cut an opening in the floor platform.
|Setting Platform Depths - by Floor or by Area|
You can specify the thickness and framing materials used to construct floor and ceiling platforms on a floor-by-floor basis in the Framing Defaults dialog.
|Designating Platform or Balloon Framing Conditions|
Select Generate Between Platforms in the Wall Specification dialog to fill in the gap between floor or ceiling platforms when the selected railing or invisible wall separates rooms with different floor or ceiling heights.
|Building a Floor that Ledgers inside the Foundation Walls|
Instead of bearing on the foundation wall, create a floor that hangs on a ledger inside of the foundation walls.
|Dropping a Floor and Raising the Ceiling of a Room|
Use the settings in the Room Specification dialog to set floor and ceiling heights.
|Changing Multiple Joisted Floors to Slabs|
A room's default floor structure and finish definitions are determined by its Room Type.
|Foundations with Exposed Brick and Brick Ledge|
Brick ledges can be produced in stem wall and pier foundations.
|Crawlspace Foundation with Framed Interior Bearing Wall|
Place a bearing wall in the crawlspace of the foundation and frame it using these instructions.
A split level, or tri-level, structure is a building where the floor level in one part of the plan is located approximately half way between the floor and ceiling levels of another part of the plan.
A split level entry, or divided entry, is characterized by an entry door that opens onto a landing positioned half way between the basement floor and first floor levels.
|General Framing Strategy|
Framing can be produced both manually and automatically, and can be calculated in the Materials List.
|Creating Stacked Plates on Foundation Walls|
Create a double plate condition between the foundation and first floor platform.
|Specifying Where Joists are Cut|
Bearing Lines direct the program to lap or butt joists where they cross the line, instead of framing across it to the next wall.
|Mixing Joist Depths and Directions on the Same Floor|
Joist direction lines define the direction in which joists run in a floor or ceiling platform and can only be drawn in floor plan view.
|Drawing with the Beam and Post Tools|
Posts and beams are not produced by the automatic framing. They can only be created manually.
|Drawing Exposed, Sloped and Decorative Beams|
There are several methods for creating decorative beams, including the framing tools, soffits and 3D molding polylines.
Square, round, tapered and decorative columns are easy to create and place.
|Building the Wall Framing|
The Wall, Openings, and Headers tabs in the Build Framing dialog are all referenced by the program to determine how walls are framed.
|Editing the Wall Framing Detail|
Wall Details are a special type of wall elevation view in which only the studs, plates and headers used to frame a selected wall display.
|Controlling Unwanted Wall Framing|
Check Retain Wall Framing to preserve the framing of the selected wall when the wall framing is globally rebuilt.
|Framing a Plan's Walls with Variable Stud Spacing|
The Framing material type can be used to calculate stick framing quantities when assigned to the Main Layer of a wall type definition.
|Using a Framing Reference|
Framing Reference Markers are reference points that specify how to lay out automatically-produced framing.
|Mitering a Framing Joint with the Fillet Tool|
Mitered joints can be created using the Fillet Two Lines edit tool.
|Displaying Framing as CAD Lines|
Check Use Line for Framing in CAD Defaults to show all framing members as single lines rather than as closed polylines in floor plan view.
|Framing with Floor and Ceiling Trusses|
Floor and ceiling trusses can be used instead of joists to frame platforms
|Balloon Framing Walls|
Select Balloon Through Ceiling to have the top of the wall go past the ceiling platform, and if there is a wall directly above, the framing will continue upward to its bottom plate.
|Deck Framing Techniques|
When a Deck room is created, the floor platform is modeled using joists, beams, posts, and planking as specified in the Deck Room Defaults dialog.
|Placing Deck Posts and Footings on a Module over a Terrain|
Deck posts and footings will locate contoured terrain below them.
|Framing a Roof|
Basic roof framing can be automatically generated and then modified manually.
|Setting Truss Defaults|
The Trusses tab of the Build Framing dialog allows you to set parameters for trusses before they are drawn.
|Framing a Truss Roof System|
Roof trusses can only be drawn manually, and created where roof and ceiling planes already are present.
|Framing a Truss Roof System without Lookouts|
Lookouts and blocking are easy to remove if your truss system does not require them.
|Framing a Cantilevered Truss Roof System|
To create a cantilevered truss system, you need to use Raise off Plate when building your Roof.
|Framing with Energy Heel Trusses|
To create a truss with an energy heel, a vertical member is added over the supporting wall and the bottom chord stops there rather than extending into the overhang.
|Using a Truss Base to Truss Intersecting Roofs|
A Truss Base is a closed polyline that defines the area in which valley fill roof trusses are to be built across and above the tops of normal, full size roof trusses.
|Hip Trusses - Building a Step-down Hip|
Step Down hip roofs are the quickest style of hip truss framing to produce.
|Hip Trusses - Building a Sub-girder Hip|
Subgirders are the partial trusses that butt into the doubled truss at the end of the main run.
|Framing with Scissor Trusses|
Trusses drawn between roof planes and sloping ceiling planes of a different pitch than the roof are called Scissor trusses.
|Framing with Attic Trusses|
Attic trusses, a variation of roof trusses, can be drawn if a plan contains an Attic area on both sides and above an upstairs room, such as in a Cape Cod style home.
|Editing and Locking a Truss|
If a locked truss is moved, it will maintain its original settings.
|Locking a Truss to Frame a Skylight Well|
Adjust the framing manually in order to create an opening for a skylight well.
|Viewing Truss Labels and Schedule|
Labels for roof trusses display in floor plan view when the layer is turned on.
In these remodeling videos, we will develop a process for developing remodel and addition plans.
|Getting As-builts - Importing 2D Files and Converting Lines to 3D Walls|
The CAD to Walls tool can be used to convert CAD lines in floor plan view into architectural objects.
|Getting As-builts - Importing 2D Files to Lock and Trace|
Once you've imported a 2D CAD file, you can lock the lines and trace over it to create a 3D model.
|Getting As-builts - Tracing a Picture of Existing Prints|
Import a photograph of blueprints in to Chief Architect in order to trace over them to create a plan.
|Showing an As-built's Mask on a Remodel Plan|
Create a 2D CAD Block mask to represent the as-built structure.
|Coordinating Layers to Show Existing, Demo and New|
Control object display by creating custom layers and place objects on them.
|Coordinating Wall Types to Show Existing, Demo and New|
Represent existing, demo, and new walls by creating and using differing wall types.
|Coordinating Layers and Room Definition to Show Demolition Walls|
Use Invisible Walls to create separate areas with room definition.
|Developing 3D Views of the Remodel Components|
Use layers to control elements of the remodel or addition in 3D views.
|Creating a Dynamic Wall Legend|
Use walls and text to create a wall legend of the different wall types in your plan.
|Creating Matching Textures for Deck Planking, Rim, Rail and Stairs|
Change materials for deck and stair elements to match in camera views.
|Spanning 2 Inline Walls with a Window Block in 2D|
As a normal window cannot be placed at an intersection of two walls, a window symbol needs to be used to represent this remodel condition.
|Spanning 2 Inline Walls with a Window Symbol in 3D|
As a normal window cannot be placed at an intersection of two walls, a window symbol needs to be used to represent this remodel condition.
|Using Materials List Polylines for Materials Calculations|
A Materials List is created for items within the closed polyline on the current floor.
|Resizing Stair Sections|
Use edit handles, or the Staircase Specification dialog, to resize stairs.
|Merging Stair Sections to Form Subsections|
Stair sections can be connected as they are drawn, and straight sections can be changed to curved stairs.
|Treads - Locking Tread Width|
Once locked, any changes to the length of the stair section are achieved by keeping the specified tread depth and changing the number of treads.
|Treads - Ignoring Subsection Boundaries|
Uniform tread depth in a stair section with subsections can be maintained by checking Ignore Subsection Boundaries in the Staircase Specification dialog.
|Treads - Retaining the Number of Treads|
When Lock Number of Treads is selected and the length of the stairs is changed, the tread depths will change.
|Customizing Stair Landing Shapes|
Landings can be edited like other closed polyline-based objects to create custom shapes.
|Locking the Position of a Stair Landing|
If you specify a landing's height, that landing becomes locked and will maintain that height no matter how the stairs connected to it are adjusted.
|Drawing Concrete Stairs with Sloped Risers|
Change the materials on a stair to create a concrete staircase.
|Drawing a Single Steel Stringer Stair with Concrete Tread|
Check Single Stringer in the Staircase Specification dialog to form a single stringer in the center of the staircase.
|Drawing an Exterior Stair from Grade to 2nd Floor|
Create a landing to connect exterior stair sections between floors.
|Creating a Wheelchair Ramp|
There are several methods for creating curved stairs in your plan
|Drawing Curved Stairs|
Curved Stairs can be created in floor plan view by using the curved stair tools.
|Configuring and Placing Curved Stairs|
Straight stairs can be drawn in a curved fashion by drawing them against a curved wall.
|Aligning Curved Stairs to Fit a Curved Wall|
Turn on Arc Centers and use Point to Point Move to align curved stairs and walls.
|Aligning a Curved Wall to Fit Curved Stairs|
Use the Copy/Paste Hold Position tools copy and precisely position walls and stairs on another floor.
|Aligning Curved Stairs Across Floors|
Winders are steps located where a staircase turns and are narrower on the inside of the turn than they are on the outside.
|Controlling Walls beneath Winder Stairs|
A staircase can be enclosed on one side by a combination of wall and railing.
|Enclosing Only Part of a Staircase between Two Walls|
Using the Winders setting in stairs allows you to have a handrail die into a wall, part way up the staircase.
|Basic Ceiling Types and Their Materials|
By default, cathedrals ceiling use the ceiling material set in the Room Specification dialog.
|Drawing Cathedral Ceilings|
A cathedral ceiling has the same pitch as the roof and is created using the underside of the roof above the room.
|Drawing Vaulted and Curved Ceilings|
A vaulted ceiling typically has a different pitch from that of the roof.
|Creating Tray Ceiling Effects by Raising a Ceiling|
A tray ceiling is flat in the center and sloped around the perimeter.
|Drawing a Suspended Ceiling with Grid and Tile|
You can create a dropped, or suspended, ceiling by specifying its structure in the Ceiling Finish Definition dialog either for a room or the defaults for a floor.
|Creating a Coffered Ceiling Element with Recessed Backlit Panel|
Use a combination of tools to create a coffered ceiling with a recessed backlit panel.
|Creating a Coffered Ceiling with Multiple Recessed Panels|
Create multiple sunken panels in your ceiling using Molding Polylines and Polyline Solids.
|Distinguishing New Framing and Calculating Its Materials|
Use layer sets for framing to indicate which is existing and new in a remodel condition.
|Showing and Hiding a Directional Stair Arrow|
Use Display Options to turn on or off the layer of stair direction arrows.
|Displaying Newels and Balusters in Plan|
Check Draw Newels/Balusters in the Staircase Specification dialog to display newels and balusters in floor plan view.
|Drawing Flared Stairs with Curved Tread|
Any stair section can be flared and/or its treads curved using the Flare/Curve Stairs edit button.
|Adding Starter Tread|
The first and second treads of a staircase can be turned into starter treads by clicking the Starter Tread edit button.
|Trim and Molding - Overview|
Chief Architect offers a wide selection of trim and molding options.
|Drawing and Combining Molding Profiles|
You can customize library molding profiles and also create your own custom profiles and add them to the library.
|Expanding and Filleting a Room Molding Polyline|
The Fillet Two Lines edit tool allows you to modify a room molding profile.
|Using the 3D Molding Polyline to Create Exposed Log Rafters|
Log rafters can be created by using a 3D Molding Polyline with a circular profile applied to it.
|Creating a Bell-shaped Ceiling Skylight with a Custom Molding Profile|
Using several Chief Architect tools such as custom moldings allows you to create elements such as domed skylights.