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Controlling Door and Window Framing

Reference Number: KB-00985 Last Updated: 07-22-2014 02:29 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Lite

QUESTION

The project that I'm working on has custom doors and windows of varying sizes, including a number of ­mulled units.  How do I control the framing for these wall openings?



ANSWER

There are a variety of ways to control how doors and windows are framed in Chief Architect. You can model the wall framing required for nearly any wall opening:

  • Using door, window and framing defaults  

  • Using specifications for individual doors and windows 

  • By manually editing wall framing

    Chief Architect Interiors does not include the Framing tools.

To set door and window framing defaults

Door and window framing defaults are set in two places: on the General panel of the Door and Window Defaults dialogs and on the Openings and Headers panels of the Framing Defaults dialog.

As with other default settings, it is wise to set your door and window framing defaults to the values that will be used most often as early as possible in the design process.

  1. First, open the plan in which you would like to control door and window framing, or start a New Plan .


  2. Use the menu to go to Edit> Default Settings  to display the Default Settings dialog. 

     


  3. Expand the Doors category and select Exterior Door, next click the Edit button to open the Exterior Door Defaults dialog. 

     


    • On the Framing panel, Specify the Header Type, Thickness, Count and Depth.

      • Specify "Calculate from Width" if you want the Header depth determined by the width of the door. The Calculate from Width settings are located in the Framing Defaults discussed later.

    • Specify the Count of Trimmers

    • Specify the Rough Opening.

      • Specify the desired values for Each Side, Top, and Bottom.

    • Click OK to apply your settings, close the dialog and return to the Default Settings dialog.


  4. In the Default Settings dialog, select Framing from the list and click the Edit button.


  5. On the Headers panel, you can specify up to four different sizes of headers for wall openings of different widths.

     


  6. When you are finished, click OK to close the Framing Defaults dialog, then click Done to close the Default Settings dialog.

 

To specify the framing for an individual door or window

You can specify unique values for the rough openings of individual doors and windows in their specification dialogs. It's best to do this before wall framing is built; if these values are changed after wall framing is generated, you will need to build it again unless you have selected the Automatic Wall Framing option.

  1. Select a door or window and click the Open Object  edit button.


  2. On the Framing panel of the Door or Window Specification dialog, the Add for Rough Opening section is located in the same place as in the defaults dialogs.
    *In prior versions these settings will be found on the General panel.

    • Remove the checkmark from the Default box and manually type in the desired values.   


  3. If the selected object is a mulled unit composed of multiple windows and/or doors that have been blocked together, you can also specify whether the unit is framed using a single opening or separate openings for each door or window on the Options pane.

     


    • In the Mulled Units section, uncheck Single Wall Hole to produce separately framed openings for each door and/or window in the mulled unit.

    • Leave Single Wall Hole checked to produce a single framed opening for the entire unit.


To build and edit door and window framing

By far, the easiest way to create wall framing is to check Build Wall Framing on the Wall panel of the Build Framing dialog.  Studs, plates, sills, headers, trimmers and cripples will be automatically generated for all framed walls in your entire plan.

Once generated, you can easily edit these framing members if needed.  Plates, sills, headers, trimmers and cripples can be selected in 3D views, cross section/elevation views and in Wall Details, while studs can be selected and edited in any view.


To dimension to rough openings

  1. Use the menu to browse to Edit> Default Settings  to display the Default Settings dialog.


  2. In Chief Architect X3 and newer, expand the Dimension category, select Manual Dimensions to highlight this option, and click on the Edit button to display the Saved Manual Dimension Defaults dialog.  Here, you can choose the appropriate default, and click on the Edit button to display the Manual Dimension Defaults dialog.

    In Chief Architect X2, expand the Dimension category, select Manual & Automatic to highlight this option, and click on the Edit button to display the Dimension Defaults dialog.


  3. On the Locate Objects panel, note the Openings section and click the radio button to Rough Opening and click OK.

     

The settings on the Locate Objects panel affect dimension lines drawn after the changes are made.  Dimension lines that were drawn prior to these settings being changed will not be affected.

Note: If you need to dimension a Wall Framing elevation you should also put a checkmark in the framing section for sides or centers in this dialog as well.