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Placing an Apron Sink into a Cabinet

Reference Number: KB-00733 Last Updated: 11-06-2014 02:45 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


QUESTION

How can I place an apron sink into a cabinet?


ANSWER

An apron sink, which has a finished front surface that extends past the counter, can be placed into a base cabinet by following the steps below.
 
 

To create an apron sink base when the sink is the same size as its base

Like most kitchen sinks, apron sinks are placed in base cabinets. However, a few changes must be made to the cabinet for an apron sink to display correctly.

  1. Open the plan in which you would like to create an apron sink and select Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet  from the menu. Click in your plan to create a base cabinet.


  2. Click on the base cabinet to select it, then click the Open Object  edit button. On the General panel of the Base Cabinet Specification dialog box:

    • Increase the Width so the cabinet is the same as the width the desired kitchen sink. In this example we will use a 30" wide cabinet.

    • Reduce the height of the cabinet by the thickness of the sink being placed. In this example the cabinet is set to be 28" high.

    • Change the Countertop Thickness to 0".    


  3. On the Front panel of the Base Cabinet Specification dialog select the Drawer on the preview image.




  4. Then select the Delete button next to Action in the Face Items section of the dialog. When done click the OK button to close out of the dialog.




  5. In the Library Browser, browse to Architectural> Fixtures> Sinks> Kitchen Sinks> Apron Front and choose the appropriate apron front sink.


  6. Click the modified cabinet to place the sink on top of that cabinet.

    • If the sink is not placed correctly the first time you can select the sink and move it by first clicking on the cabinet then pressing the Tab key on your keyboard to cycle to the sink object.


  7. Select 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Camera  from the menu and create a 3D view of the cabinet.





To create an apron sink that is smaller than the cabinet it sits on 


  1. Click Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet  then click in your plan to place the base cabinet.


  2. Select the Base Cabinet and click Open Object to open the Base Cabinet Specification dialog. 


  3. On the General panel:

    • Lower the height of the cabinet by the thickness of the countertop. In this example the height is set to 34 1/2".

    • Set the cabinet's width. In this example we use 36".

    • Set the countertop thickness to 0".


  4. On the Front panel:

    • Select the Drawer in the preview image



    • Then click the Item Type drop down menu and choose Blank Area.

    • Set the Item Height to the height of the basin of the desired sink. In this example 8" is used.  When done click the OK button to close the dialog.




  5. In the Library Browser, browse to Architectural> Fixtures> Sinks> Kitchen Sinks> Apron Front and choose the appropriate apron front sink.


  6. Click the modified cabinet to place the sink on top of that cabinet.


  7. With the Select Object tool select the sink. If you have trouble selecting the sink, select the cabinet first and then press the Tab key on your keyboard to cycle to the next item which should be the sink.


  8. Click Open Object  to display the Fixture Specification dialog.


  9. On the General panel, set the Floor to Bottom height so that the sink will insert into the Blank Area set up in Step 4. In this example 27" is used.


  10. Click Build> Cabinet> Custom Countertop  then click and drag a rectangle shape over your cabinet to create a custom countertop.



  11. Click once on the cabinet to select the custom countertop, click the Break Line  edit button.  

    • Click on the front edge of the custom counter top where you estimate the left edge of your sink will sit. The counter top edges can be adjusted later, so the exact location isn't important right now.

    • Click on the front edge at the approximate location of the sink's right edge. Again, it's not important to be precise at this time. Notice the extra Edit Handles created after the Break Line tool is used.




  12. Select the front edge part of your cabinet in between the breaks that you just made. Drag that edge back into the countertop to create the space where the sink will sit.




  13. Select 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Camera  from the menu and create a 3D view of the cabinet