Billnap

Frustrated trying to place chair rails only on specific walls

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I'm using Home Designer Suite 2017, and I can't figure out how to place a chair rail only on certain walls of a room. I searched the Q&A's here and found a couple of topics on this subject, but I'm so new I can't really understand the work-arounds suggested.

 

Apparently there are two methods, "No Room Defined" or "creating virtual rooms". 

I can't find any menu option or any mention of either one of those possibilities in the pdf user guide found here:

https://cloud-hd.chiefarchitect.com/1/pdf/documentation/home-designer-suite-2017-users-guide.pdf

 

Please help a newbie out and point me to where I can learn about both of these concepts, or tell me the steps of placing/removing chair rails from specific walls (not the entire room).

 

Any help is greatly appreciated!

 

- Billnap

 

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1) Please fill out your Signature -- see below.

 

2) You may attach moldings to a soffit -- at least I think Suite has that ability.

 

Create a very thin soffit, placing it against the walls where needed. Open it and add the molding of your choice.

 

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It helps if we know what title (Suite, Pro etc) and version (2014, 2015 etc) you are using. You can add this info to your signature by clicking on your user name at the top right of the page, click Account Settings, then Signature on the left. Doing so makes it always available, and this info is often key to providing a good suggestion

 

Resources for self help:

 

The built in Help System (always a good place to start)

 

 

 

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Use the room divider tool to create a room, then click on it to open it's specification box, then click moldings and uncheck "use floor defaults" click

add new and click chair rail.

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Thanks Solver! Your approach seems like a good one. (I've also updated my signature.)

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LawB10, I think you misunderstood my question. Thanks for the your time though.

 

UPDATE: LawB10, I typed that statement earlier, but now I'm thinking you may understand my question, but I'm such a newbie I don't understand your answer. :-) Please elaborate if you have time, I'd really like to know your approach to this problem.

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Well, apparently with Home Designer Suite 2017, there is no ability to attach a molding to a soffit. I also couldn't make sense out of other posts recommending other methods like "No Room Defined" or "Creating Virtual Rooms". As a last ditch effort I tried various combinations of random stuff and came up with something that might just work. I say "might" work, because although I can now trick the software to not display a chair rail on a specific wall or walls, I have no idea what kind of problems this could lead to later in the project!

 

Anyway, here is my potential solution:

(You should already have a room created)

Start  by creating a straight interior wall, in front of the existing room wall you don't want the chair railing on

Edit the straight interior wall you just created (not the actual room wall) and change the following general values:

Thickness = .125"

Select the checkbox for invisible

Wall type = Room Divider-1

 

View your room and the chair rail should be gone from that one wall. For some reason though, only the chair railing is gone, which in this instance is what I'm looking for, but sometimes that may not always be the case. I added a crown molding to the room walls just see what would happen and the invisible wall also blocked it from displaying on the wall. Strangely, the base molding does not get blocked when using my invisible wall trick. Possibly, the sequence in which you choose these options may change the behavior? I have no idea and to test all the possibilities would be more work than I have time for right now.

 

I really hope someone has a better work around than what I've come up with, but if there is one, I can't find it in this forum or anywhere else on the WWW. Better yet, ChiefArchitect should add this feature! At the VERY least, when you break a wall, the broken section of the wall should respect changes to the moldings, just as it does for color and textures, etc . . . 

molding_on_select_walls.jpg

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FYI, if you're looking for more information about this topic, you might also read these posts:

At this point and time, I may be too new to the software to understand what they're suggesting. 

 

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Better yet   this may help!!!!    The top molding is Crown and the lower molding is Chair.

 

I forgot add after you click "add new" then you click  Core catalog>architectural>molding>chair rail

 

 

example.jpgexample.plan

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Here's a crazy thought.

Open a 'new' plan using the mediterranean influence style.   Hopefully, a kitchen base cabinet will have the ca-29 chair rail molding on the countertop.   Open the cabinet dbx and delete the toe kick.   Use the settings shown in the pic, and also change the countertop material.   Add the molding to your library.   Open your existing plan and get the molding piece from the library.  Depending on what style template your plan is,  you might need to delete a newly formed backsplash from the molding.

cabinet molding.JPG

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Suite 2017 comes with 3 Chair rail moldings..CA - 13, CA - 25 and CA - 29 also the WindsorOne catalog has Chair rail moldings

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