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.
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.
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 Material Layers Definition dialogs allow you to define the layers that make up wall, floor, ceiling, slab, and roof assemblies.
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.
Use the Paste Hold Position tool to place an object in the same spot on a different floor or even in a different plan.
Add decorative accents by cutting a shaped hole in the deck, filling it with polyline solids and specifying materials.
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.
Use posts, multiple copy, and other features in Chief Architect to create a structure raised on piers.
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.
If the program is unable to determine where you need an attic wall, then manually draw the wall where it is needed and specify it as an Attic Wall in its Specification dialog.
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.
A platform hole cannot touch the edge of the platform, extend past the edge of the platform, or be contained by multiple platforms.
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.
A gap between floors is usually caused by modifying the Platform to this Line option in your Wall Type Definitions dialog so that it is on the exterior surface.
Chief Architect's Material Region tools can be used to place different materials on a floor or wall within the same room, such as a walk-in shower.
The Project Browser is a convenient way to access all of the views that are present in a plan or layout file.
When there is more than one floor in a model, it is often helpful to see how they relate to each other. Any floor can be shown as a Reference Floor along with the current floor.
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.