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This book is fully updated for the release of Chief Architect X10 Premium. The step by step tutorials are fun and easy to grasp as they guide you through the design process, from setting up your drawing, drawing walls, doors, windows, foundation, roof, to creating finished construction documents. By the time you have finished the book tutorials you will have drawn a beautiful modern 2-story residence, complete with a walk-out basement, decks, and landscaping. You will also become proficient with CA X10's new and enhanced features including the ability to specify a water table or cap for a pony walls, pony walls can now have a railing as the upper wall, new physically based rendering technique models reflections on non-mirror surfaces. The book is loaded with concise explanations with step by step tutorials that will give you a hands on experience in developing a real home design project from start to finish. Other new features that are covered by this book include new light sets that allow you to control which lights are used in each camera view, backdrops can now be specified on a per camera basis as well as for each rendering technique, layout view boxes now give you the ability to edit into any shape, wall headers can now display in floor plan views and have improved label functionality, the default fill style for joists, rafters, general framing, and headers in floor plan view can now be specified, and many other new enhancements and tools that will make your home design work more proficient and professional. Coverage includes:
  • Finding your way around the Chief Architect interface
  • Managing your drawing projects
  • Creating the building shell
  • Develop a quick start vacation cabin plan
  • Developing and working with stairs, roofs, decks, and bath and kitchen design
  • Framing
  • Adding a stepped foundation and applying a monolithic slab to the garage
  • Dormers
  • Adding electrical and lighting

  • Interior Design
  • Developing elevations and cross sections
  • Creating a site plan and developing the terrain
  • Working Drawings
  • Applying different materials
  • Printing
  • Color Renderings
  • Walkthroughs
  • Ray Tracing
  • Layers
  • Annotation Sets
  • Schedules
  • Dimensioning and Text
  • Text Styles
Working files and bonus chapters are included and can be downloaded from this page (see below) or the Home page.

You Will Create This Home Using the Tutorials in the Book to Include Framing, Interior Design, Electrical, Stepped Foundation (part crawl space, part full basement), Dormers, Decks and Balconies, Site Plan and Landscaping, Schedules, Construction Drawings, and More!

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