Converting a plan created in Suite 2018 to Post and Beam framing and finishing roof design

Recommended Posts

I created the attached plan in 2018. Found out that CA Premier was the only version that could do post and beam framing. Wondering if it's possible for one of you CA Premier users to convert my plan to post and beam. I'm also having issues creating an offset gable roof. Trying to get a single roof plane over entire structure but plan keeps generating one roof over the first floor and another over the second. My goal is to create a hybrid using post and beam for the first floor and standard wall framing for the second in an attempt to save money. Ideally, exposed timber trusses would support the roof over the first floor. The entire second story floor would be supported by I joists boxed in to look like beams or possibly 8x8 beams. I'm located in Northern Michigan.

2017 new home layout 10.dxf

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

You would need to post the .plan file here while HD is closed , the .dxf is not so useful , unless using Autocad , eg the Engineer may use it.





Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Just an FYI....there is no "convert to post & beam" tool. The plan will need some re-working most likely.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in

Sign In Now

  • Member Statistics

    Total Members
    Most Online
    Newest Member
  • Similar Content

    • By ChiefArchitect
      The living room offers a peek to the upstairs living area via the stairway. The glass panel railings and open concept design create a mechanism for the big windows on the first floor and the high shed windows on the 2nd floor to collaborate on the sharing of light and air between floors.
    • By ChiefArchitect
      This modern take on a cabin pairs lots of open space and large-pane glass windows with traditionally rustic exterior colors and materials. The shed roof cozies up with a steep gable further pairing the styles.
      Chief Architect's Roof Beam tools are an easy way to add beams to a project. They are smart objects that recognize roof planes in the proximity and can be updated to fit the roof as the design adapts and changes, as they are prone to do.
    • By Ramblin-Wreck
      I am looking hire someone to convert house drawings into a Chief Architect project.
      If interested please e-mail me at
      Thank you!
    • By happyanca
      Hello! I am looking for someone to translate my house drawings from paper to Chief Architect. I can give you the original drawings (plans, elevations and sections) and you can also come on site to supplement the drawings if needed (we live in Massachusetts) in order to create an accurate 3D representation of our house. We are planning on making some design changes and I would like to test out my ideas via Chief Architect but this is too tough for me to draw the whole thing on my own. I am just not that good unfortunately. I only need the shell done, I can add cabinetry and fixtures myself. I have attached a couple of photos just to give you a better sense as to what I have  (I have more drawings of course).
      if you are interested in doing this could you please give me a price and time estimate? I am not in a huge rush or anything but I am really excited to start designing.
      BTW, I am a graphic designer so if you'd like to swap services I'm open to that too. Just in case anyone is interested... 
      Thanks very much!

    • By Skubacb
      Going nuts.  Have my terrain perimeter drawn as per online instructions. (GA9)
      But when I go to Convert Polyline there is only one option  - Spline.
      I cannot find anyway to have any other dialog show up.  Been trying to get this looking on line etc for the last 4 hours.  
      Would appreciate any help.