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How to Create a Custom Sink Hole

Reference Number: KB-01203 Last Updated: 09-16-2014 12:11 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite

QUESTION


I need to do a special, one of a kind, custom countertop hole for a sink I'm placing from my library.  How can I create one?


ANSWER


When you use a sink symbol from the library, it will cut its own hole in the countertop when placed in a cabinet.  In some instances, you may want to replace this countertop hole with your own.

 

To create a custom sink hole

  1. Begin by using the Base Cabinet  tool to place the base cabinet the sink will be placed in and resize it appropriately.  In this example, the width is 42".


  2. Locate the sink you want to use in the Library Browser and place one in your cabinet. 


  3. Next, we need to create a CAD block that will be used for both the 2D representation of this sink in floor plan view and the countertop hole. 

    • In this example, the CAD Spline  tool is used to draw the shape over the existing sink to ensure the size is correct. 




  4. Select the polyline and use the Transform/Replicate Object  edit tool to move the CAD object away from the sink and cabinet. 

    • In this example, the polyline is moved 48" along the X Delta, which is to the right.




  5. We need 2 identical copies of this polyline, one for the countertop hole and one for the 2D representation of the sink. 

    • With the polyline selected, click on the Copy and Paste in Place  edit tool. 

    • This places a second polyline in the exact same location as the original. 


  6. Splines can not be converted to a Countertop Hole, so while the polyline is selected, click on the Convert Spline To Polyline   edit tool.


  7. With the converted polyline still selected, click the Convert Polyline  edit button.

     
    • Select Countertop in the Convert Polyline dialog and click OK

    • The Custom Countertop Specification dialog will open. 

    • Place a check mark beside Hole in Countertop to designate that this polyline will be a hole and click OK.


  8. Draw in any additional items you wish to appear in this CAD block when it is used with the sink.  In this example, a CAD circle is added to represent the drain.


  9. Next, all of these objects need to be blocked together. 

    • Click the Select Objects  button, then hold down the SHIFT key on your keyboard and click and drag a rectangular marquee around your CAD objects. 

    • With the CAD objects all selected, click the Make CAD Block    edit tool. 

    • Select the CAD block and click the Open Object   edit button. In the give your CAD block a name.  In this example, we've used Custom Sink.

    • Click OK


  10. Finally, select the sink you have placed in the cabinet. 

    • When you click to select it the cabinet will select first.  Press the TAB key or click the Select Next Object    edit button to move to the sink. 

    • The Status Bar at the bottom of the program window should indicate that you have a CAD Block Instance selected. 


  11. Click the Open Object  edit button to open the Symbol Specification dialog for the sink. 

    • On the 2D Block tab, in the list of Available Blocks, you will see the new block you just created.  


      Select it and click OK.  This block will now be assigned to the sink.

 

 

In this example, the selected sink has no fixtures so they have been added from the Library Browser. When you are finished, create a perspective camera view of your new custom sink.