Creating a Waterfall Countertop


Reference Number: KB-02936
Last Modified: January 9, 2020

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors



QUESTION

How do I create a waterfall countertop? 

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ANSWER

A waterfall countertop is a countertop that 'falls' off the edge of a set of cabinets, creating the appearance of a continuous surface that blends from the top surface down the side. This look can be achieved automatically in X12 and newer program versions, or manually by setting a custom countertop to be taller than it is wide and placing it beside the cabinets.


To place the cabinets and set their dimensions

  1. Navigate to Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet then click once in the plan to place a base cabinet.


  2. Using the Select Objects tool, select the cabinet and then click the Open Object edit button.


  3. In the Base Cabinet Specification dialog that opens:

    Set the width, height and other cabinet properties in the Base Cabinet Specification dialog

    • Set the Width of the cabinet.

      In this example, 30" is used.

    • Set the Height of the cabinet.

      In this example, 42" is used.

    • Make any other desired changes, then click OK.


  4. With the cabinet still selected, click the Copy/Paste  edit button, then click the Sticky Mode edit button.


  5. Click 5 times in the plan to place 5 copies of the base cabinet, then click on the Select Objects  tool once again.


  6. Use the Move and Rotate  edit handles for each of the cabinets to move the them into place.

    Six base cabinets all connected to each other to form an island


  7. Group select the three cabinets on the Breakfast Bar side of the island and click on the Open Object edit button.


  8. In the Base Cabinet Specification dialog that opens, set the Depth to your desired value, then click OK.

    In this example, 12" is used.

    The depth on three base cabinets has been changed to 12"


To add the custom countertop

  1. Select Build> Cabinet> Custom Countertop from the menu.


  2. Click and drag a rectangle over the top of your cabinets to place your countertop.

    Drawing a custom countertop

    Creating a custom countertop over existing base cabinets will override any automatic countertops that were part of the cabinet.


  3. Resize the countertop to your liking.

    In this example, a 1" overhang was added to the front, a 1 1/2" overhang was added to the left and right sides, and a 12" overhang was added for the Breakfast Bar on the back.

    https://kb.chiefarchitect.com/admin/media_store/2/KB-02936/2936-fig5-12.png

    Note: The Countertop's thickness and height will be set based upon the cabinets the countertop is sitting on.


To create waterfall panels automatically

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, click on an edge of the custom countertop that you would like to add a waterfall edge to.

    In the image below, the right side of the countertop is selected.

    Left edge of the custom countertop selected


  2. Click the Open Object  edit tool.


  3. In the Custom Countertop Specification dialog that displays, check the Add Waterfall to Selected Edge box under the Waterfall Edge section, make any other desired changes to the countertop, then click OK.

    Check the Add Waterfall to Selected Edge box

    The ability to create waterfall edges automatically is available in Chief Architect X12 and newer program versions.


  4. Perform the same procedure on any additional sides you would a waterfall edge applied to.

    Waterfall edge applied to both the left and right sides of a custom countertop


  5. Take a Camera view to see the results.

    Perspective Full Overview showing a waterfall countertop created on an island of cabinets


To create waterfall panels manually

  1. Resize the custom countertop so that the left and right sides are flush with the cabinet sides.

    Adjusting the left and right edges of the custom countertop so that they are flush with the base cabinets


  2. Select Build> Cabinet> Custom Countertop from the menu.


  3. Click and drag a rectangle beside the group of cabinets to create a waterfall panel.

    Creating a waterfall panel using a custom countertop


  4. Resize the panel to your liking.

    Waterfall side panel has been adjusted to be 1 1/2" wide


  5. With the Select Objects  tool, select the panel and then click Open Object .


  6. In the Custom Countertop Specification dialog that opens:

    Custom Countertop Specification dialog

    • Remove the check from the Set Thickness From Cabinet box and specify a value in the Thickness box.

      In this example, the Thickness can be seen as the overall height of the panel that we are creating. We specified a value of 42".

    • Remove the check from Set Height From Cabinet box and specify a value in the Finished Floor to Top/Bottom box.

      In this example a value of 42" is specified in the Finished Floor to Top field.

    • Make any other desired changes, then click OK.


  7. With the waterfall panel still selected, click the Copy/Paste   edit button, then click the Reflect About Object edit button.


  8. Move the cursor so the reflect about line is centered on the group of cabinets, and then click to create a reflected copy of the panel.

    Usiong the Reflect About Object edit tool to create a reflected copy of a waterfall side panel


  9. The waterfall countertop will now display on both sides of this kitchen island.

    Floor plan showing a waterfall countertop and waterfall side panels