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Controlling Door and Window Framing

Reference Number: KB-00985 Last Updated: 09-30-2013 05:49 AM

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


    Note: 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 tab of the Door and Window Defaults dialogs and on the Openings and Headers tabs 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. Click on the plus [+] sign next to Doors, select Exterior Door to highlight this option, and click the Edit button to open the Exterior Door Defaults dialog. 




      • On the General tab, note the Add for ­Rough Opening section.

      • 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.

        You can also specify the default rough opening values for Interior Doors and Windows in the same manner.


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


    5. On the Openings tab of the Framing Defaults dialog, you can specify when multiple trimmers are used. 




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




    7. 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 General tab of the Door or Window Specification dialog, the Add for Rough Opening section is located in the same place as in the defaults dialogs.

      • Delete an existing Rough Opening value and replace it with a new one.  

      • Be sure to delete the (D), which stands for default. If it is not removed, the default value will be used regardless of any changes you make.


    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 tab.




      • 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 tab 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 learn more, see Article #571: How do I edit wall framing?



    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, click on the plus [+] sign next to Dimension, 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, click on the plus + sign next to Dimension, select Manual & Automatic to highlight this option, and click on the Edit button to display the Dimension Defaults dialog.


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




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