Manually Creating a Box Window

Reference Number: KB-01184
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


How can I manually create a box window?


Manually creating a box window in Chief Architect is easy to accomplish using the Wall and Window tools.

To create a basic example plan

  1. First, launch Chief Architect and select File> New Plan .

  2. Next, select Build> Wall> Straight Exterior Wall , then click and drag out a basic enclosed four-wall rectangular structure as demonstrated in the image below.

To create the bumpout

  1. Using the Straight Exterior Wall  tool, create a small bumpout, as shown in the image below.

  2. Select the small bumpout "room" and click on the Open Object edit tool to display the Room Specification dialog.

  3. On the Structure panel, increase the Floor Height to 24" and lower the Finished Ceiling Height to 78 1/2".

    You may also want to specify the Ceiling Finish and Floor Finish materials for the bumpout room.

  4. Next, go to the Moldings panel, uncheck Use Room Default, then click Delete to remove the Base Molding, and click OK to close the dialog and apply these changes.

To suppress casing and labels

  1. Select Build> Door> Doorway , then click and place a doorway in the inner portion of the bumpout.

  2. Select the Doorway and click on the Open Object edit tool to display its Specification dialog, and on the Casing panel, uncheck Use Interior Casing.

  3. On the Label panel, check Suppress Label, then click OK.

  4. Increase the size of the doorway so that it extends the length of the bumpout

  5. Select Build> Window> Window and click in front of the bumpout wall to place a window.

  6. Finally, take a 3D Camera view to see the results. Adjust the height of the window in 3D view as needed by clicking on the window and using the edit handles to reposition it.


    Now you are ready to take what you learned in this article, and apply it to your own designs.