Creating a Carport


Reference Number: KB-01179
Last Modified: February 8, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors



QUESTION

I want to add an attached carport to my shop or house. How do I go about creating that in Chief Architect?

Garage with Carport


ANSWER

You can create an attached carport very easily in Chief Architect using manual roof planes.

For the purposes of this article, we use an existing 24' x 40' structure, with a Ceiling Height of 12'. The roof is a basic gable at a 6/12 pitch with the overhang set to 2 1/2", as in the image below.

24 by 40 foot rectangular building with a gable roof in place


To set the defaults

  1. Select Edit> Default Settings .


  2. In the Default Settings dialog, expand the Walls category, select Deck Railing, then click on the Edit button

     
  3. On the Rail Style panel of the Deck Railing Defaults dialog:

    Deck Railing Defaults dialog with Open, Post to Ceiling and No Half Post at Wall options selected, Include Top Rail and Include Bottom Rail deselected

    • Move the radio button to Open.

    • Check the No Half Post at Wall checkbox.

    • Move the radio button to Post to Ceiling

    • Clear the checkbox for both Include Top Rail and Include Bottom Rail


  4. On the Newels/Balusters panel, set the Width to 4" and set the Spacing to 144" On Center

    Deck Railing Defaults, Newels/Balusters panel, Width set to 4 inches and Spacing set to 144 inches


  5. Click OK, then click Done to apply the changes and close the dialogs.


To draw Railings

  1. Go to the Build> Railing and Deck> Straight Deck Railing , then draw three deck railing walls attached to the left side of the existing structure, as in the image below.

    Deck drawn the full length of 40 foot building


  2. Select the left deck railing, and use the Temporary dimension that displays to set the railing 12' from the house.

    Temporary Dimension used to set distance of 12 feet from garage to deck railing

    Note: If you do not have temporary dimensions set to display, select View> Temporary Dimensions to toggle the feature back on.


  3. Using the Select Objects  tool, select the newly created Deck room, then click on the Open Object  edit button.


  4. On the General panel of the Room Specification dialog that opens, use the Room Type drop-down menu and change the Deck to a Slab room.

    Room Specification dialog with Room Type set to Slab


  5. On the Structure panel, uncheck Flat Ceiling Over This Room and Roof Over This Room, then click OK.

    Room Specification dialog, Structure panel, Roof Over This Room deselected


To draw the Carport Roof

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, click to select the existing main structure's left roof plane, then click the Open Object  edit button.

    If you have trouble selecting the roof plane, click on the edge of it, and then click the Next edit tool or press the Tab key on the keyboard to cycle through the objects that occupy that space to get to the roof plane.


  2. On the General panel of the Roof Plane Specification dialog that opens, write down the Fascia Top Height

    In this example, 150 7/8" is used.

    Roof Plane Specification dialog with 150 7/8 set for Fascia Top Height

     
  3. On the Gutter panel, set the Gutter On Selected Edge to Off.

    Roof Plane Specification - Removing the option to have a gutter

    In Chief Architect X10 and prior program versions, the gutter can be removed by unchecking the Gutter checkbox located on the Options panel.


  4. Click OK to apply the change and close the dialog.


  5. Next, select Build> Roof> Roof Plane , and click and drag out a roof plane baseline along the outer edge of the railing, then click in the deck room to specify the direction of the ridge.

    Draw a new roof plane over deck/slab room
     

  6. Select the Roof Plane and use its edit handles to resize the roof plane until it completely covers the carport.
     

  7. With the Roof Plane still selected, click on the Open Object edit button.


  8. On the General panel of the Roof Plane Specification dialog, set the Ridge Top Height to the height of the Fascia Top Height recorded earlier, then click OK to apply this change and close the dialog.

    In this example, 150 7/8" is used.

    Roof Plane Specification dialog with 150 7/8 entered for Ridge Top Height


  9. Finally, select 3D> Create Perspective View> Perspective Full Overview  to see the results.

    Perspective Full Overview showing carport



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