Completing a Kitchen Design Plan Using Computer Software

Today we’re happy to continue on our series of articles chronicling our our journey through the wonderful world of computer aided design as we put together our new kitchen. We’ve been living in the same home for many years now, and while we love it, after visiting a few friends who had much newer, more modern homes, the kitchens in particular, really made us start dreaming of doing some serious upgrades. The problem was, at first we didn’t know where to start. And then, once we were shown a few options by some of our friends and professional acquaintances, we were overwhelmed with the options, and were scared into non-action for fear of ending up with something we didn’t really like. That’s why we were so happy when they introduced us to the option of using CAD like Cheif Architect to try out a variety of options before committing to any permanent changes. And the beauty o fit is, it didn’t take us very long to get comfortable with the process and really start having fun with it.

Chief Architect softwareFor example, you can also open up individual arch’s and specify the radius if you’d like as well. You can move these elements like this, and again if you want to create the different shapes just simply come in here and you can create that shape that you’re after. Smooth that out just a little bit and while it may not be exact, let’s go ahead and convert this using the convert tool down here in the lower left.

Chief Architect softwareConvert it to a countertop and again we’ll specify the height at 42” and the thickness at 3”, take a 3D overview and then we’ll change the material to the same orange material that we have. Let’s go ahead and use our material eyedropper, select that and apply that color. That’s how you go through and create that style of cabinet countertop, let me close this 3D view down.

The next step is I’m going to go ahead and delete that countertop that isn’t quite perfect, and we’ll move in the other countertop that has the exact dimensions and I’m just going to use a point to point move, and we’ll just snap that over here.

The next step to support this countertop is to use standoffs. A standoff is another CAD tool that we’ll use, and I’m just going to create a cylinder. Let’s go ahead and open up this cylinder and I want the radius to be 1.5 or 3” in diameter, and also to have a height of 3”, and finally the Z value which is floor to bottom we’ll set that to 36”.

Let’s go ahead and position that approximately where we want, and finally I’m going to use a multiple copy. I’m going to set that to be every 16” and we’ll create a copy of that standoff, and one more set the other way using the multiple copy tool and I’ve got my standoffs.

Let’s go back to our 3D view here and see if we can zoom in, with the remove surface tool we can simply remove the surface on that and you can see those standoffs. If I want to use our material eyedropper we’ll grab the stainless off of the faucet, make sure that it’s in room mode and I’ll apply that to all of our standoffs so they’re all now a stainless material. Add the countertop surface back and now we have our supported custom countertop.