Resolving a Gap Between Floors in Camera Views

Reference Number: KB-00038
Last Modified: May 15, 2017

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural


When I look at my plan in a Full Overview, there is a gap between floors.  What causes this and how do I fix it?


A gap between floors is typically caused by modifying the Platform option in your Wall Type Definitions dialog so that it is on the exterior surface line of the wall type.  By default, this option is checked for the exterior side of the Main Layer, this article will walk you through restoring the Main Layer if it was inadvertently changed.

To ensure that existing walls in your plan do not move when changing the wall type's Main Layer, you first need to modify the General Wall Defaults.

To edit the wall defaults*

*This setting only applies to the Chief Architect Premier and Chief Architect Interiors versions of the software.  Home Designer programs do not have control over this setting, so if using one of these versions, keep in mind that the walls will move when you correct the wall type, and skip ahead to the next section.

  1. Select Edit> Default Settings> Walls> General Wall and click on the Edit button.

  2. In the General Wall Defaults dialog, set the radio button for Resize About to Inner Surface and click OK.

    Note: In most circumstances, it is recommended that you Resize About the Main Layer Outside to avoid unexpected results, so at the end of this article, you will want to restore this setting before continuing to work in the plan.

To fill in the gap between floors

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, click on one of the exterior walls, then select the Open Object  edit button to display the Wall Specification dialog.

  2. Select the Wall Types panel, and click on the Define button to display the Wall Type Definitions dialog.

  3. Set the Main Layers. By default this is typically the structural layers also known as the Framing layer, which is often the thickest layer in the wall type definition. Then, select this main layer in the drop down menu to the right of Build Platform to Exterior of Layer.

    Note: This above dialog may appear slightly different depending on your version of the software.

    In Chief Architect X6 and Home Designer 2015 and earlier versions, check the box beside Main Layer, and in Chief Architect also check Build Platform to This Line to build floor and ceiling platforms to the selected Wall Line, then click OK.

  4. Verify that the gap between floors is now filled in by creating a Full Overview .