Specifying Glass, Cable, or Decorative Railing Panels


Reference Number: KB-01029
Last Modified: February 26, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors



QUESTION

How do I specify cable or glass panels on my railings and stairs?

Staircase with cables below hand rail

 

ANSWER

Cable, glass, and other decorative panels can be applied to railings and stairs using the Staircase Specification and Railing Specification dialogs.


To specify panels in the Staircase Specification dialog

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, select the Staircase that needs changing, then click on the Open Object edit tool.


  2. On the Railing panel of the Staircase Specification dialog that displays, select Panels under the Style section.

    Staircase Specification dialog showing Panels selected under Style


  3. On the Newels/Balusters panel, click the Library button located under the Panels section to open the Select Library Object dialog and browse the library for an appropriate panel option.

    Interior Staircase Specification – Newels/Balusters panel showing Library button next to Type option under Panels

    • Cable railing panels can be found in Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Architectural> Fences and Railings> Cable.

      Select Library Object dialog showing Cable under Fences and Railings which is under Architectural in the Core Catalog

    • Glass panels can be found in Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Architectural> Fences and Railings> Glass.


  4. Once an appropriate panel has been selected, and all other desired changes have been made, click OK.


To specify panels in the Railing Specification dialog

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, select the railing that needs changing, then click on the Open Object edit tool.

    If the majority of railings in your plan are going to be cable or panel railings, it would be more efficient to apply the steps mentioned in this section to your Railing Defaults. From the menu, click Edit> Default Settings and expand the list for Walls to edit the Railing defaults.


  2. On the Rail Style panel of the Railing Specification dialog that displays, select Panels.

    Railing Specification dialog showing Panels selected


  3. On the Newels/Balusters panel, click the Library button located under the Panels section to open the Select Library Object dialog and browse the library for an appropriate panel option.

    Railing Specification – Newels/Balusters panel showing the Library button next to Type in the Panels section

    • Cable railing panels can be found in Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Architectural> Fences and Railings> Cable.

    • Glass panels can be found in Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Architectural> Fences and Railings> Glass.

      Select Library Object dialog showing Glass under Fences and Railings which is under Architectural in the Core Catalog


  4. Once an appropriate panel has been selected, and all other desired changes have been made, click OK.