Creating a belly band, sometimes referred to as a mid-section trim, is easy using the Make Room Molding Polyline edit tool or the various Trim tools.
Using Wall Coverings, wallpaper can be quickly applied to all walls in a room, to individual walls, and to horizontal sections of either an individual wall or an entire room.
The Living Area should not be mistaken for the footprint of a house. Only true livable areas are included in the Living Area calculation. By default, exterior and hybrid room types such as Garage, Deck, and Porch are not included. Neither is any room labeled Open Below or Attic.
Wall height is determined by the ceiling height of a given room. To change the wall height, you need to change the ceiling height. Use the Half Wall tool for creating solid railings as their height can be set on the Newels/Balusters panel of the Railing Specification dialog.
Create an open breezeway with a roof and exposed trusses as well as tree column supports from the Columns and Pillars Bonus Catalog.
Create an attached carport that ties into the roof of the main structure by using a deck railing and a manually drawn roof plane.
Cathedral ceilings are the same pitch as the roof and are typically produced by enclosing the bottoms of the roof rafters with a ceiling material.
Create a custom glass shower in your designs by utilizing the Glass Wall and Glass Shower Door tools in the software.
Custom closet spaces can be designed by adding drawers and shelves to cabinets and by placing manual shelves, partitions, hanging rods, clothes, and shoes from the Library Browser.
Create a storage or utility room under stairs by using the Open Underneath setting in the Staircase Specification and drawing walls manually.
A plant shelf ceiling or closet can be created using the shelf ceiling feature within the room specification dialog.
Screened panels can quickly be created by applying a screen material instead of glass to a Window.
Create a custom wall type, manually adjust the roof, and add manually placed structural members to create this solarium/sun room.
A split level entry consists of a landing with a floor height between the first floor and the basement and can be created by controlling floor and ceiling heights.
You can easily create a split level in Chief Architect by controlling the floor and ceiling heights of different rooms in a plan.
A raised area, such as a stage platform, can be created either with a polyline solid, or by defining a room and raising the floor height in the Room Specification dialog.
Design a steam shower for a bathroom complete with vapor-resistant walls.
Customizing a sauna room in Chief Architect is easy to accomplish by creating custom molding profiles and applying them within your plan.
A storage loft can be created by using a second story that is mostly open to below.
Like other kinds of lowered or dropped ceilings, you can create a suspended ceiling with ceiling tiles by setting up a custom Ceiling Finish Definition.
Open Below is a unique Room Type which has no floor platform and can be used for defining an open area in the floor below for a loft.
Conditioned space is heated and cooled areas of the structure, it is calculated in volume and area. Here is one technique to determine the area of conditioned space.
Create an Exposed Stud Wall Type, build Framing, and turn on the display of Wall Framing to see exposed studs in camera views.
The display of room labels is controlled in the Layer Display Options dialog. By default, room labels are placed on the Rooms, Labels layer and use the Text Style assigned to that layer. You can specify how the area of rooms is reported by the program by turning on the display of one or more of these layers: Rooms, Standard Area, Rooms, Interior Area or Rooms, Interior Dimensions. Review the information in this article to learn more about these settings.
It is possible to duplicate all objects on a floor including walls, doors, windows, and furniture by first selecting them with a marquee using the Edit Area tool, then Copy and Paste Hold Position onto the new blank floor to create an exact duplicate of the other level.
In the Room Specification dialog, if the Ceiling value is grayed out, indicating that it is inactive, and this information message displays in the dialog, it means that multiple rooms with differing floor heights are present directly above so the field will display No Change.
This message displays to inform you that although the Room Label Specification dialog is a type of Text dialog, the text of the room label cannot be modified here.
When a foundation is generated based on the floor plan of Floor 1, a room on the first floor specified as either a Garage or Slab type will receive a stem wall or pier foundation with a slab floor and stem walls. If a monolithic slab foundation is generated, the room will receive a slab floor with curbs.
Rooms need to be made up of a completely enclosed space in Chief Architect. Do not leave gaps between walls, instead use Room Dividers or Doorways. Make sure walls do not have 'No Room Definition' selected in their Wall Specification dialogs.
The Space Planning Assistant allows you to start a new floor plan by creating and arranging 2D room boxes and then converting these boxes into rooms.