In some situations, a single wall may need to serve as both an exterior wall with sheathing and siding materials and also an interior wall with sheetrock.
Wall intersections in your plan are easy to modify using Chief Architect.
Specify how walls align by going into the General Wall Defaults in Default settings and adjusting the Resize About setting which determines how walls snap together.
Walls can be aligned between floors using their Main Layer by clicking the Align With Wall Above or Align With Wall Below edit buttons. In order for these edit tools to be available, the areas of the walls in question must be partially aligned, or overlapping. You can use the Reference Display to check whether or not walls are aligned, or to see if the walls are too far apart for the edit tools to display.
Change a wall already placed in your plan by accessing the Wall Types panel in the Wall Specification dialog.
Changing the color of a single wall within your Chief Architect plan is easy and fast.
Walls may not appear in camera views because they are set to invisible, the 'Walls, Normal layer' is turned off or the ceiling heights are incorrect.
Specify the pitch for a roof plane building over a particular wall or railing on the Roof panel of the Specification dialog.
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.
You can specify the Inset value for a window's frame to control whether it is located near the exterior of the frame, near the interior, or at the center.
Create an attached carport that ties into the roof of the main structure by using a deck railing and a manually drawn roof plane.
A clerestory, where an interior wall builds partially above a part of the roof with high windows to let in light, can be created using the Roof Cuts Wall at Bottom setting.
Use Windows to create curtain walls for commercial or residential buildings in sun rooms or indoor swimming pools.
Create a custom glass shower in your designs by utilizing the Glass Wall and Glass Shower Door tools in the software.
A parapet roof can be created using half walls, or solid railings, and then specifying a roofing material for the Parapet room’s floor.
Stair rake walls can easily be created in X11 and newer program versions by specifying a railing to be a pony wall and having it follow the slope of the stairs.
Design a steam shower for a bathroom complete with vapor-resistant walls.
One application for pony walls is a stepped foundation. The lower part of the pony wall is the concrete wall with footing, and the upper part is a framed wall. Use the Break Line edit tool in a section view to place break points and adjust the pony wall to be stepped.
You can create an arched parapet wall by building a new 2nd floor, adjusting the materials, using a curved roof plane and modifying the front parapet wall.
Use the Save As Template tool to create a custom template from an existing plan or layout file.
Furred Walls are placed against the inside of a primary wall, typically an exterior wall. The inner wall should be specified as a Furred Wall on the Structure panel of the Wall Specification dialog.
A CBS, or concrete, block and stucco wall is actually two wall types placed on top of one another. A pony wall can be used to model both of these wall sections.
Create custom wall types like CIP and ICF using the Wall Type Definitions dialog.
Use half-walls with a custom countertop to create a custom enclosure for a drop-in bathtub.
Create an Exposed Stud Wall Type, build Framing, and turn on the display of Wall Framing to see exposed studs in camera views.
While it is not possible to create a closed circle using a single wall or railing, a completely circular wall can be modeled using two wall segments.
The Make Arc Tangent edit tool allows you to take the math out of trying to make your curved walls tangent.
A pony wall, sometimes referred to as a split wall or stacked wall, is a single wall composed of two separate wall types; one built above the other.
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.
If the walls in your Chief Architect plan look jagged, this article will show you a fast and easy fix.
Roof planes that cut into the surface of walls can result in undesirable 3D views of those walls. Edit the roof planes so that they no longer cut into the walls. If the roof plane seems to keep jumping or snapping back to the original location, open the Roof Plane Specification dialog and on the General panel, check the box beside No Special Snapping, then click OK and proceed with editing the roof planes again.
Objects on layers with a lock symbol in the Lock column cannot be selected by the user and new objects cannot be drawn on a locked layer. Layers with objects that you need to see as a reference while working, but not select, are good candidates for locking.
This message will display when the program finds a wall that appears to have been drawn with the exterior layer facing inward and the interior layer facing out.
This warning indicates that you have changed the Main Layer for a wall type that exists in your plan and that walls will be moved to accommodate the change.
In most circumstances, the Main Layer should be specified as the structural layer of the wall, particularly when the wall is a framed type.
The Material Painter is an excellent way to make modifications to the materials applied to most objects but shouldn't be used on Pony Wall wall types.
Place break points in a retaining wall to adjust it to your liking.
Although dimensions display as you are drawing, you do not need to position walls precisely when you first draw them. Move them into place precisely after they have been drawn using dimensions. Make sure to go in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction around the entire structure until all exterior walls are set correctly in order to ensure you do not accidentally undo your previous changes.
You can control the molding on a wall-by-wall basis by using the Room Molding Polyline tool located on the Edit toolbar when you have the room selected.
If you draw a wall in the wrong direction in error and you see siding on the wrong side, use the Reverse Layers tool to correct it.
Chief Architect is an object based program and that includes rooms. So how do you make sure that you've selected a wall instead of a room?
If you do not see all of your wall layers displayed in the plan view, you have checked the 'Walls, Main Layer Only' layer to display in your Layer Display Options dialog. Remove the checkmark for this layer to turn the display of all wall layers back on.
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 exterior or interior wall materials can incorrectly display inside of windows is the wall has been modified or is misaligned.
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.
When the program detects an open space between a wall and the roof plane above, it automatically creates an Attic Wall to fill in the gap.
Automatically generated roof planes are placed over curved walls at specified increments. In the Build Roof dialog, you can specify the degree increments for the roof over curved walls, from 6° to 90°. The lower the number, the more roof sections are created over the curved wall.
Use a supported DISTO™ measuring device to enter real world measurements into a Chief Architect plan file.
The CAD to Walls tool can be used to convert CAD lines in floor plan view into architectural objects like walls, windows and doors.
Most wall assemblies can be modeled using a single wall type. In some situations, such as where the walls of two modular home units meet, two walls are drawn side-by-side. When two walls are both parallel and touching, they are referred to as Double Walls. There are three types of Double Walls in Chief Architect: Frame Through, Split Framing and Furred Wall.
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.
Wall caps can be applied to a variety of different walls in Chief Architect.