To break up the direction joists build without changing the elevation of your floors or ceilings, place a Bearing Line along with multiple Joist Direction Lines to manually control the direction the joists generate.
The framing around a custom door and window unit can be customized in any way you choose when using Chief Architect.
Create a floor, ceiling or roof beam using the Build Framing Floor/Ceiling Beam or Roof Beam menu and manually drawing the structural member.
The easiest way to create decorative beams is using Polyline Solids. You can convert these into symbols and save them in the library for future use.
The concrete cutout for a door can be modified on the Framing panel of its specification dialog.
Framing can be modified after creation to allow for unique situations, like providing room for a drain pipe in an as-built plan.
Add posts, beams, roof planes and trusses to create a post and beam structure.
Create a custom wall type, manually adjust the roof, and add manually placed structural members to create this solarium/sun room.
To produce a particular type of rafter tail, set the correct defaults on the Structure panel of the Build Roof dialog before you build both the roof planes and the roof framing.
You can set framing defaults to generate steel framing and concrete structural members as well as lumber and other framing types. Individual framing members can also be specified as concrete or steel, as well. When setting up defaults or modifying an individual object, make sure you specify both the desired framing Type and the material.
When a Deck room is created, the floor platform is modeled using joists, beams, posts, and planking as specified in the Deck Room Defaults dialog.
This article provides detailed and in-depth instructions on creating a pole barn in Chief Architect Premier.
To see framing in elevation views make sure framing has been generated and that the appropriate layers are set to display in those views.
The display of posts and beams is controlled by the Layer Display Options dialog for the appropriate layer set that you want the them displayed in.
Learn how to set up Framing Defaults, use automatic framing, use manual framing and change framing defaults in existing plans.
If you are receiving this warning while attempting to place a framing member. Take a look at where you are attempting to place it.
Wall framing can be edited in a floor plan view or a Wall Detail. Once selected, a wall stud can be edited using its edit handles, edit toolbar buttons, or the Framing Specification.
A dropped ceiling is a secondary ceiling, hung below the structural ceiling. May also be referred to as a drop ceiling, false ceiling, or suspended ceiling.
Automatic Deck Framing is a fast way to generate your decks' posts, beams, joists and planking. You can then modify any of these framing members as needed.
Floor platform structure can be specified on a floor using the Framing dialog, in a room using the Room specification, or by individual floor joist.
There are two ways to specify the on-center spacing of wall studs: Globally or individually for each wall type used in a plan.
Framing for the floor and ceiling will not generate, if certain attributes within the Room Specification dialog box are checked.
If you do not see wall framing, first make sure that you have built wall framing in the plan, second that you have not checked 'Retain Wall Framing' in a wall where it was not built, third that the Wall Type has been correctly configured with a Framing material, and that the Wall Framing is set to display in your currently active layer set for the view.
The Project Browser is a convenient way to access all of the views that are present in a plan or layout file.