A raised area such as a stage can be created with a polyline solid or by defining a room and raising the floor height in the Room Specification dialog.
Calculate the square footage of Living Area by including or excluding room types or calculate the total area of the footprint of the plan.
The material used for the Ceiling or flooring of a room can be specified on the Structure tab of the Room Specification dialog.
Use the Paste Hold Position tools to plan an object in precisely 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.
Create a tree-house by setting various plan defaults, setting the terrain pad height, and design the structure attached to tree trunk columns.
A structure on pilings, does not fall into the category of conventional framing, so when drawing such a plan, we need to use Chief’s framing tools creatively.
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.
Select Build> Floor> Delete Current Floor to remove the current floor from the plan. If there is a floor above, it becomes the current floor; if there is no floor below, the floor beneath becomes the current floor. To delete Floor 0, select Build> Floor> Delete Foundation. You can delete the foundation without actually being on Floor 0. Floor 0 cannot be deleted while Auto Rebuild Foundation is turned on.
If the program is unable to determine where you need an attic wall it is possible to manually draw a wall where needed and specify it as an attic wall.
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.
You can group select objects on different floors using the Edit Area tools. Once a plan is selected, copying and reflecting it takes only a few clicks.
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.
A given plan can have multiple floors but only one can be active for editing at a time but a reference floor can be superimposed on the working floor.
The Project Browser is a convenient way access to all of the views saved with an open file.
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.