Use the roof directives to automatically generate hip, gable, shed, gambrel, gull wing, half hip, or dutch gable conditions. Create a story and a half structure and place automatic dormers. Manually draw in custom roof planes and join them together, allowing the program to do the math for you.
Control how the roof builds over a bay, box or bow window by using the settings in the specification dialog.
Learn how to create roofs in Chief Architect using the automatic build roof tool and how to use the manual roof tools to create and edit roof planes, change the wall properties for gable and hip roofs, learn about gambrel, shed and other roof styles.
Create a gable roof by choosing the Gable Wall setting within the Wall Specification and then building the roof.
Use the High Shed Gable Wall setting in addition to Full Gable Walls to create a stand alone shed roof or just the Full Gable Wall setting to create a lean-to style shed roof.
Use the Upper pitch setting in the Wall Specification to set upper and lower pitch options to create a gambrel style roof.
Use the Upper pitch setting in the Wall Specification with the pitches opposite that of a gambrel roof to create a gull wing roof.
Using the Upper Pitch setting on a gable wall allows you to create a half hip or clipped gable style.
Use the Dutch Gable Roof setting in the wall specification to create this kind of roof automatically.
Use the Ignore Top Floor setting in the Build Roof dialog to have the roof sit down on the first story walls.
Generate a roof on the top of the second floor as well as over the single level garage.
The Auto Dormer tool has different requirements than the Auto Floating Dormer tool.
You can do significant modifications to dormers you create with the one click dormer tools by exploding them and editing all of the individual components of the dormer.
Maintain manually edited roof planes while automatically rebuilding the roof.
Check the Architectural Preference to Automatically Place Roof Intersection Points in order to have the program generate temporary CAD points that correspond to roof plane intersection points.
Create a gable roof that sits on top of another roof plane using the Manual Roof Plane tool.
The Automatic Dormer tools are a quick technique to creating these design elements.
Frieze moldings, also known as frieze boards, are mounted below the eaves of roof planes and can be generated automatically using the Build Roof dialog.
Use the automatic roof tools to create an intersecting gable roof over an L-shaped structure.
Check Extend Slope Downward to extend the roof plane downward over a bumpout, instead of creating additional roof planes.
Any alcove with both a depth and width less than the Minimum Alcove value is treated as though the exterior wall continues straight across.
Curve a roof plane or create a barrel roof by using the Curved setting in the Roof Plane Specification.
Curve roof planes to create a domed roof over a round structure.
Create flared eaves by copying the roof plan and using the curve roof settings.
Create a compound curve by using multiple roof planes and curving them in opposite directions.
Before drawing roof planes, you should set your roof defaults so that the 3D attributes of your roof planes are correct.
Adjust settings for the soffits and gutter on the Options tab of the Build Roof dialog.
The Gable/Roof Line tool can be used to automatically generate a gable above the bearing wall of a hip roof plane. It is best used only in situations where roof directives in walls are not possible.
Use the automatic roof generation tools to create a story and a half structure where the roof bears on the first floor walls.
Use the automatic roof generation tools to create a story and a half structure with dormers where the roof bears on the second floor walls.
Group select roof planes and use the Transform/Replicate edit tool to adjust their height along the Z axis.
Roofs can be one of the more complex components of a house – designing them should not be. We’ll review how Chief Architect’s roof tools can create any style of roof. If you are adjusting or manually creating roofs, especially for remodel projects, projecting the roof intersection points can save you a lot of time. In this session, we will look at the tips and techniques to save time to create the perfect roof.
The pitch direction and initial height of any roof plane, manual or automatic, is determined by its Baseline.
A Dutch hip roof, sometimes called a Dutch gable roof, is a combination of hip and gable roof styles in which a gable is located at the end of the ridge, at the top of a hip roof plane.
In many circumstances you may want to create your own dormers manually. Here are tips on how to complete them.
You can create a decorative dormer manually as well as by using the Auto Floating Dormer tools.
Any roof plane can be turned into a curved roof plane in the Roof Plane Specification dialog.
Use the floor framing and truss tool to create a flat roof and a shallow second story for parapet style walls.
Edit the size and shape of skylights, and skylight shafts.
The program treats different Roof Groups as separate buildings for the purpose of automatic roof generation, preventing their roofs from influencing one another.
Several new framing features have been added including rafter tails, sub fascia and sheathing.