Austin Project

Collection of videos on creating the Austin Project presented as part of the Thursday Live Webinar series.

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0:35 Austin Project Walkthrough

Austin Project Walkthrough

Walkthrough video of the Austin Sample Plan

Video No. 10259


56:22 New Plan Tips & Space Planning

New Plan Tips & Space Planning

When you start a new plan for a client, what's the most efficient technique for the file creation and setting defaults before you begin? Now that you're ready to design, is it better to draw in the walls or bubble diagram for space planning? In this session, we will look at the tips and techniques to save time as we begin a new project. [NKBA .1 CEU]

Video No. 10253


1:01:12 Massing & Conceptualization

Massing & Conceptualization

Once you complete the space planning or have a rough idea, it's time to create a conceptual floor plan and roof to visualize the design. And, before you spend too much time on the "perfect" floor plan, you will want to see the idea in 3D, including the roof since both the walls and roof are important for massing size and symmetry. [NKBA .1 CEU]

Video No. 10254


1:29:33 Doors & Windows - Schedules & Dimensions

Doors & Windows - Schedules & Dimensions

For doors and windows, we will review the default settings to be efficient before they are placed in the plan. For stacked windows over doors or other windows, we will look at the best practice for placement. Once all the openings are placed, the plan dimensions will be updated and the schedules will be created. [NKBA .1 CEU]

Video No. 10255


1:37:59 Foundations – Crawl, Basement, Slab, Mixed

Foundations – Crawl, Basement, Slab, Mixed

Foundations in Chief Architect are typically created after the first floor has been determined. The program provides options for several different foundation types depending on the design. We will review the foundation options in this session and then create a specific saved plan view with defaults settings to make the process efficient. [NKBA .1 CEU]

Video No. 10256


1:29:04 Roofs — Styles, Options & Details

Roofs — Styles, Options & Details

Chief Architect can create just about any roof style you can imagine. In this session, we will review several roof options for the project, setup the defaults and then finalize one of the styles to best match the design criteria for the project. [NKBA .1 CEU]

Video No. 10257


1:01:30 Ceilings — Vault, Shed, Trey & A Reflected Plan

Ceilings — Vault, Shed, Trey & A Reflected Plan

Ceilings can add a unique look and design for a room. Going beyond flat, we will review trey, vault, shed and ceiling height options. Soffits and lighting will be used for depth and interest on an otherwise flat ceiling. Finally, we'll create a saved plan view for the purpose of generating a reflected ceiling plan. [NKBA .1 CEU]

Video No. 10258


1:42:09 Wall Framing

Wall Framing

Wall framing can be done automatically or manually. Framing defaults and openings for doors and windows help guide the program as it generates the framing. Manual framing tools are available for adding or customizing your framing. Once the framing is completed, you can generate a materials list to assist with purchasing or cost estimating. Learn about these wall framing techniques in this session. [NKBA .1 CEU]

Video No. 10260


1:18:17 Floor & Roof Framing

Floor & Roof Framing

This session will cover floor and roof framing. The majority of the time will focus on floor framing – reviewing platform thickness, a hung floor platform, placing beams, joist types and direction. The roof framing segment will cover the process for stick framing and a few special conditions for exposed rafters. [NKBA .1 CEU]

Video No. 10261


1:16:47 Elevations & Cross Sections

Elevations & Cross Sections

This session will cover exterior elevations, story pole dimensions, cross-section views, key notes, and construction lines. Learn about the tools and settings that streamline workflow and improve efficiencies when creating elevations and cross-sections. [NKBA .1 CEU]

Video No. 10262


51:09 Kitchen Design Part 1 - Floor Plan & Cabinet Layout

Kitchen Design Part 1 - Floor Plan & Cabinet Layout

Kitchen design typically begins with the floor plan and dimensions followed by the cabinet layout. In this session, the floor plan will be dimensioned using the automatic tools and then modified using the manual tools. Key appliances will be initially placed so the cabinets can be positioned around these anchor points. Custom backsplashes will be added including a frame backsplash above the cook range. Learn techniques to efficiently begin the kitchen design in this session. [NKBA .1 CEU]

Video No. 10263


1:30:01 Kitchen Design Part 2 - Elevations, Dimensions & Islands

Kitchen Design Part 2 - Elevations, Dimensions & Islands

Part 2 of the kitchen design session will place two islands and add the details typically required for a plan set. For a wall elevation, dimensions will be automatically added and modified to follow NKBA standards along with annotations for notes and other details. This kitchen will have two islands that will be placed, customized and dimensioned. Learn how to efficiently create details for kitchen designs in this session. [NKBA .1 CEU]

Video No. 10264


1:22:57 Bath Design

Bath Design

Bath design can be particularly challenging for a clean set of dimensions when it involves small spaces with additional rooms like showers and water closets. In this session, we’ll review tips on how to create a clean set of dimensions for the plan and elevations. And then, we will cover materials, finishes, schedules, and key notes. [NKBA .1 CEU]

Video No. 10265


57:20 Remodeling / As-Built Overlays

Remodeling / As-Built Overlays

How can you show what a new remodel project will look like to the client or building department? In this session, we will cover the process of how to overlay an as-built floor plan over a remodel floor plan and how to do the same overlay in 3D and elevation views. If you can help the homeowner see what the remodel will look like, the decision process can be streamlined and reduce stress for your clients. [NKBA .1 CEU]

Video No. 10266

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