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 aligned, or to see if the walls are too far apart for the edit tools to display.
Change a single wall’s type or group select and change multiple walls by changing the wall type on the Wall Types tab of the Wall Specification dialog.
Changing the color of a single wall within your Chief Architect plan is easy and fast.
The height of a retaining wall is initially determined by the heights of the terrain on either side of the wall. Once created, its height can be changed.
To change the settings for a particular roof plane in your plan, you can specify these special settings on the Roof tab of the Wall Specification dialog.
Wall height in 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.
A clerestory is an interior wall built above part of the roof with high windows to let in light and can be created using the Roof Cuts Wall at Bottom setting.
Curtain walls are typically used on commercial buildings; however, they also have residential applications - for example, sun rooms or indoor swimming pools.
Chief Architect is able to share settings, such as, defaults and wall types across plans allowing you to recreate a specific style from an existing drawing.
A parapet roof can be created using half walls, or solid railings, and then specifying a roofing material for the Parapet room’s floor.
Design a steam stall for a bathroom complete with vapor-resistant walls.
Stepped retaining walls are a nice feature to add to your landscape. Chief Architect makes it easy.
Accent walls add a warm touch to any room. Here we will show you how you can easily add different materials to each part of your room.
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.
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.
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.
Chief Architect contains tools that take the math out of trying to make your curved walls tangent. Learn how.
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 it is possible to manually draw a wall where needed and specify it as an attic wall.
If the walls in your Chief Architect plan look jagged, this article will show you a fast and easy fix.
Missing walls within a 3D view can be easily corrected; click here to learn how.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Here's how to show or hide the wall layers in your Chief Architect plan.
Rooms need to be made up of a completely enclosed space in Chief Architect.
The exterior or interior wall materials can incorrectly display inside of windows is the wall has been modified or is misaligned.
When framed wall types don't generate framing there can be one of several settings that have been modified in the walls themselves. Follow these steps to correct the issue and generate framing for all your framed walls.
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.
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.