Creating a Board and Batten Siding Material

Reference Number: KB-03022
Last Modified: June 15, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


How can i create a board and batten siding material that displays the correct texture and pattern in 3D views?


You can create a board and batten material by customizing a beadboard material from the core catalog.

To create a board and batten material

  1. Open an existing plan, or create a new plan and draw the exterior walls of your structure, then select 3D> Create Perspective View> Perspective Full Overview  to display the walls on which we will apply and create the board and batten siding.

  2. Select View> Library Browser  to open the Library Browser if it is not already. Navigate in the core catalogs to Materials> Siding & Paneling> Beadboard or Board & Batten, select the desired beadboard material, and then bring your cursor into your 3D view and click on each wall you wish to apply the beadboard material to. In this example, we used the Beige Beadboard material.

  3. Next, select 3D> Materials> Adjust Material Definition and then click the beadboard material in the 3D view to open the beadboard material's Define Material dialog. You may wish to change the preview from a teapot to a cube to better represent this type of material.

  4. On the Texture panel, change the scale so that the texture displayed in the render view repeats according to the board size you want. In this example, we will make a board and batten material with 12" boards. To determine the needed scale, count the number of thick boards in the texture's preview and multiply this by the width you want each board to be. The Beige Beadboard has 8 boards, so 8 multiplied by 12" gives us the 96" we need to use. Change the X and Y Scale each to 96", or whatever value is appropriate for your desired board and batten material, and click the tab key on your keyboard to see the cube preview update with the new texture's scale.

  5. On the Pattern panel, select Use Custom Pattern File, and then below Custom Pattern Options select Browse to open Chief Architect's Patterns folder. Select the file named ChiefSiding.pat and then click Open. Now you can select the specific pattern you want to use for your board and batten material from the drop down menu to the right of Pattern. In this example, we chose the pattern named 168-SIDG_12-Bd-n-Bat, which gives us a 12" wide board and batten pattern to use for our material.

  6. If the new pattern material is horizontal instead of vertical like your texture, change the Angle to 0 and the pattern will then be vertical. Now click OK to close the Define Material dialog.

  7. Now we will want to make sure the texture and pattern file are lined up. An easy way to do this is to display the texture and pattern at the same time. To do this, select 3D> Rendering Techniques> Technique Options to open the Rendering Technique Options dialog. On the Watercolor panel, change the values to match those shown below. Make sure to also check Line Drawing on Top and modify the values as shown below. While still on the Watercolor panel, click OK.

  8. Now that we see the pattern line drawing on top of the texture, select 3D> Materials> Adjust Material Definition  and then click on the board and batten siding material to open its Define Material dialog so that we can make the appropriate adjustments. On the General panel, change the Size to 1". Then on the Pattern panel, change the Horizontal Offset to align the pattern with the texture. In this example, a Horizontal Offset of -1" was sufficient. Click OK to view the results. If the texture and pattern still don't line up, you can open the materials' Define Material dialog again and modify the pattern size and horizontal offset until the pattern and texture line up correctly. 

  9. Change the view back to a standard rendering technique by selecting 3D> Rendering Techniques> Standard

  10. Lastly, we can add this material to the library for use in future plans by selecting 3D> Materials> Plan Materials. Select the beadboard material you have been modifying, and if you have not already changed its name, select Edit, and then give the material a descriptive name. In this example, we have named the material 12" Board & Batten. Once you have named the material, click OK. With the renamed material still selected, click Add to Library to add it to your User Catalog for future use.