Displaying studs on an unfinished wall


Reference Number: KB-03045
Last Modified: June 28, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier

QUESTION

I'm building an unfinished garage with exposed studs on the inside.  How do I get these walls to display the framing properly in a camera view.



ANSWER

Changing the layer set display options will allow the framing to be seen in the camera view.


To create an exposed stud wall type

Create the default wall type before drawing the walls.

  1. Select Edit> Default Settings from the menu.


  2. Expand Walls and then select Exterior Wall, then click on the Edit button.


  3. Select the Wall Types panel. In the General section, next to Wall Type, click on the Define button.




  4. Click on the New button and change the New Wall name to something like Steel exterior.


  5. Click on the Insert Above button and then click on the Move Up button to add an exterior layer.




  6. Double-click on the material name (Fir Framing in this example) for layer 1 to change the material used in the Exterior Layer


  7. In the Select Material dialog, navigate to Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Materials> Roofing> Metal> Ribbed> Steel Corrugated Metal, click on it to select it and click on the OK button.


  8. Change the Thickness to 1".


  9. Double-click on the material name for layer 2 to change the material used in the Main Layer.


  10. In the Select Material dialog, navigate to Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Materials> Framing> Steel Stud 16" OC, click on it to select it and click on the OK button.



  11. Click on OK to save the new wall type.  Click on OK again to close the Exterior Wall Defaults dialog and click on Done to close out of Default Settings.


To draw the structure and generate framing

  1. From the menu, select Build> Wall> Straight Exterior Wall , then click and drag in a clockwise direction to create the structure.



    • This article uses a 20' x 30' structure.


  2. Double-click the interior of the room to bring up the Room Specification dialog and change the Room Type to Garage.


  3. Place a garage door into one of the walls.


  4. From the menu choose Build> Framing> Build Framing .




  5. On the Wall panel, place a checkmark in the box next to Build Wall Framing then click on OK.

    • At this time, you may get a message stating "The layer "Framing, Wall" is not displayed. Do you want to turn on the display of this layer in the current view?".  You can click on Yes to see the wall framing in floor plan view.


  6. To see what the interior of the structure looks like at this time, from the program menu, choose 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Camera then click and drag inside the structure to create a full camera view.




  7. In order to see the framing structure of the walls, you will need to turn on the Framing, Wall layer. From the menu, choose Tools> Layer Settings> Display Options .




  8. Scroll down to Framing, Wall and place a checkmark in the Disp column to turn on the display of this layer in the Camera View Set layer set.


  9. To update the camera view with the new settings, from the menu choose 3D> Rebuild 3D .