Architects, Builders, & Remodelers

Chief Architect is the leading design tool for Architects, Builders and Remodelers because it streamlines the design process: providing you with professional quality 3D renderings and a full materials list along with your 2D construction documents.

A 3D Rendering

Communicate with your clients & sell more jobs

3D rendering exterior of a Modern Bungalow style home
2D elevation of a Bungalow style house
3D clay rendering exterior of a residential mid-century modern home

B Floorplans, Walls & Foundations

Developing a floorplan is fast & efficient

  1. Choose a wall and the material layers
  2. Draw your floorplan
  3. Place 3D objects
Stone Veneer
Quartz Marble
Wood Planks
Blue Tiles
Chief Architect's home design software automatically builds a 3D model from the floor plan as you can see in this 3D dollhouse view

Automatically generate the foundation

Choose your foundation type—full, basement, crawlspace, pier—or create a custom foundation.

Residential Foundation that includes a full basement, crawl space and pier foundation with grade beams
Residential foundation plan and construction document

C Framing, Sections & CAD Details

Powerful automatic & manual framing tools

Plug in your preferences such as framing type, O.C. spacing, blocking and your framing will build automatically. Use manual framing tools to adjust or add custom framing.

  • Stick Framing, Timber Framing, Pole Barns, Trusses, Light Steel
Residential CAD floor platform and deck detail
Residential wall framing detail with dimensions and residential CAD floor joist detail
Residential house 3D framing overview - wall framing, roof trusses and floor trusses

D Roofs & Ceilings

Smart roof technology solves complex roof systems

Use the automatic roof tools to generate different roof styles. Manual roof tools can create any style roof including curved roofs.

Residential roof styles that can be built automatically in Chief Architect software
Residential roof plan construction document with roof truss CAD detail


Help clients visualize different roof styles

visualizing roof style options for remodeling projects


Create custom dormers automatically

Dormer roof styles for residential construction options


Flat, vaulted, tray, coffer & barrel styles

Curved roof and barrel ceiling for a kitchen - living room

E Construction Documents

Professional construction documents

Residential construction plans for a sample house plan