Chief Architect for Beginners

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Chief Architect for Beginners

I based this course on my own workflow, and how I work with Chief Architect every day in my business to design homes, create 3d models for rendering, and create Construction Documents.

This course is meant for those of you just starting out with Chief Architect Premier, Interiors or Home Designer Pro.  I will show you the general overview of the tools, and help you get organized to start your projects.  We will build a small house, including the kitchen the bathroom.  Through the process of building the house, you’ll learn about drafting in 2d and 3d and how to create 3d models and construction plans, including details like custom millwork and vaulted ceilings. After we build the 3d model,  I’ll show you how to create a presentation/construction document and various ways to create renderings.

This course is produced using Premier X12, but will also have Interiors and HD pro open and working. I will be pointing out the differences in the programs, and suggesting work arounds where there’s limited functions in Interiors and HD Pro.  All of the lessons here will work with newer versions.

Even though I had this project pre-planned, I build it live from start to finish to show you the process. I just talk you through it, as if we were together or doing a screen share as I work through the design and documentation. I’m not perfect, I make mistakes and work through fixing them.  I tried to find ways to incorporate all the basic skills through various design choices in the project.

This course will show you the general function of the tools.  More advanced lessons are available by contacting Annilee.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Topics Covered
  • Organization
  • User Interface Overview
  • How does Chief Work?
  • Drawing the Floor Plan
  • Room Setup
  • Doors & Windows
  • Roofs
  • Ceilings
  • Trims & Moldings
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry/Mud Room
  • Fireplaces
  • Porches & Decks
  • Garage & Terrain
  • Second Floor & Stairs
  • Electrical
  • Reflected Ceiling Plan
  • Elevations
  • Plan Views
  • Models
  • Decorating
  • Materials
  • Custom Cabinetry
  • Annotations
  • Schedules & Material Lists
  • Rendering
  • Sharing your files
  • Exporting to .DWG
  • Creating Documents
  • Creating Templates

Course Content


  • Course Resources

Getting Organized

User Interface

How Does Chief Think?

Import Plans to Trace

Drawing a Floor Plan

Room Definitions

Doors & Windows



Trims & Moldings



Laundry & Mud Rooms

Custom Cabinets

Custom Sink Base

Fireplaces & Chimneys

Porches & Decks

Garages, Terrains, Sidewalks & Driveways

Second Floor & Stairs


Reflected Ceiling Plan

Elevations & Sections

Plan View Sets

Product Models





Exporting to DWG

Sharing Your Chief Files with Others

Creating Documents

Creating Templates


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