Adding Items to the Materials List

Reference Number: KB-00098
Last Modified: September 29, 2017

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


How can I add a line item to a materials list in the appropriate category? For example, I would like to add the cost to use a cement mixer to the "Foundation" category.  


Adding a line item to the Materials List in Chief Architect is easily done by specifying the item as a component of one of the architectural objects in your plan.

Terrain objects, CAD blocks, moldings, images, backdrops, and materials do not display in the Materials List.

To add a component to an object in your plan

  1. Click on an object in your plan that is associated with the item you wish to add to your Materials List. 

    • In this example, a foundation wall is selected.

  2. With the object selected, click the Components  edit button to open the Components dialog for this object.

    • Click the Add button at the bottom of the dialog window.

    • A new row will appear under the General heading with 'accessory' in the Description column.

    • Click on the word "accessory" and replace it with a short, descriptive phrase such as "Cement Mixer".

    • Make sure the figure in the Count column is set to "1".

    • Also make sure that the check box in the Use column is checked. 

  3. Click in the ID column for the new item, then click the drop-down arrow and select the Materials List category that you would like this item to appear in. 

    • In this example, "Foundation" is selected.

  4. Add any other information to the new component, such as Price or Supplier, then click OK to close the dialog and apply the change.

  5. Select Tools> Materials List> Calculate Materials for All Floors  from the menu to create a new Materials List.


    Keep in mind that the line item has been entered as a component in one object in the plan. In this case, the cement mixer is a component of a single wall of the foundation.

    If you delete the foundation and rebuild it, or just delete the wall in question and rebuild it, the components associated with that wall will no longer be part of the Materials List.

    Changes made to the Components of an object saved in the library do not affect instances of that object already placed in a plan: they are only applied to instances of the object placed in the future.