Creating a Pass-Through Doorway


Reference Number: KB-03105
Last Modified: February 16, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors



QUESTION

How do I create an irregular shaped opening, such as a doorway with a half wall effect?

Pass-through doorway opening separataing a kitchen and dining room


ANSWER

An opening with an adjacent half-wall effect can be created in Chief Architect using a Doorway and a Pass-Through.


To create a pass-through doorway

  1. Open  the plan you'd like to create a pass-through doorway within.


  2. Navigate to Build> Door> Doorway and place a doorway in your desired wall.

    Doorway placed into a wall in a floor plan view


  3. Using the Select Objects tool, select the doorway and click on the Open Object edit button to open the Interior Door Specification dialog.

    Removing the check from the Use Interior Casing box on the Casing panel of the Interior Door Specification dialog

    • On the Casing panel, remove the check from the Use Interior Casing box.

    • On the Jamb panel, remove the check from the Has Jamb box.

    • Make any other desired changes, then click OK


  4. From the menu, choose Build> Window> Pass-Through and place a pass-through beside the doorway.

    Pass-through placed beside doorway


  5. Using the Select Objects tool, select the pass-through and click on the Open Object edit button to open the Window Specification dialog.

    Removing the check from the Has Frame box on the Frame panel of the Window Specification dialog

    • On the Casing panel, remove the check from the Interior Casing box.

    • On the Sill panel, remove the check from the Interior Sill box.

    • On the Frame panel, remove the check from the Has Frame box.

    • Make any other desired changes, then click OK.


  6. With the pass-through still selected in a floor plan view, hold down either the Ctrl key if you're on a Windows computer or the Command key if you're on a Mac, and use the Move edit handle to move the pass-through as close to the doorway as possible.

    Moving the pass-through beside the doorway with the Ctrl key held down


    Holding down the Ctrl/Command key temporarily disables snap settings, allowing for restriction-free movement.


  7. Take a Camera view to see the results.

    Full camera view looking at a pass-through doorway