Building a Cape Cod Roof by Adjusting Ceiling Heights
| Reference Number: KB-00772 Last Updated: 10-22-2013 01:13 PM
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I want to create a Cape Cod style house, sometimes called a story and a half or attic loft. How can I do this automatically?
There are a number of ways that a Cape Cod style house can be created automatically. One way is by controlling ceiling heights.
To build an automatic Cape Cod roof
- Open the Chief Architect plan in which you want to build a Cape Cod roof.
- If you have not done so already, select Build> Floor> Build New Floor from the menu to build a 2nd floor based on the 1st floor plan.
: In Chief Architect, living areas cannot be created on the Attic floor. To build a loft, you must do so on a numbered floor - in this example, Floor 2.
- On the second floor, click the Select Objects tool, then click on one of the gable walls to select it and click the Open Object edit button.
- On the Roof tab of the Wall Specification dialog, check the box next to Full Gable Wall, then click OK to close the dialog and apply your change.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each gable wall on this floor.
- With the Select Objects tool active, click in the 2nd floor room to select it and click the Open Object edit button.
- On the General tab of the Room Specification dialog, lower the Ceiling Height to the height that you would like your exterior walls to be, then click OK.
- In this example, the Ceiling Height is lowered to 24".
- Select Build> Roof > Build Roof from the menu to open the Build Roof dialog.
- Check the box beside Build Roof Planes.
- Specify the desired Pitch.
- Cape Cod roofs typically have pitches of 8:12 or greater.
- Click OK to close the dialog and automatically generate a roof.
Select the 2nd floor room and click the Open Object button to return to the Room Specification dialog.
To learn how to add Automatic Dormers to a roof, see article #648 in this database at http://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/displayfaq.php?faqNumber=648.