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Creating a Screen Porch

Reference Number: KB-00747 Last Updated: 11-20-2013 09:54 AM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite

QUESTION


How can I create a screened-in porch in Chief Architect?


ANSWER


Screened panels can be created by applying a custom material to the glass in a window and then using copies of this window to form a porch.

  1. Select Build> Window> Window  and place a window into one of the walls of your porch.


  2. Select 3D> Create Orthographic View> Cross Section/Elevation  and take a cross section of the screen porch wall.


  3. In the Cross Section/Elevation view, select your window and using the edit handles:

    • Adjust the top height of the window to match the top of your wall

    • Adjust the bottom height of the window to the height where you want the bottom of your screen to start.



To change the material from glass to a screen material.

  1. Using the Select Objects tool. select the window and click the Open Object  edit button.


  2. On the General panel of the Window Specification dialog, change the Window Type to Fixed Glass.


  3. Go to the Materials panel, select Glass, click on the Library Material button, then navigate to Materials> Fabric and Wall Coverings> Sheers and Shades> Screen and click to select it.


  4. Click OK and return to the Window Specification dialog.




  5. Click OK once more to close the dialog completely, applying the change.


  6. Repeat this process for any remaining windows in your plan, then take a Camera  view to see the results.