eDesign U 3.0

Chief Architect for Beginners

by Annilee Waterman

  • Go at your own pace

  • Learn to draft & 3d model and produce technical drawings & renderings.

  • Chief Architect Premier, Interiors & Home Designer Pro

Chief Architect for Beginners

Course Summary: In this course you will to learn how to get started and complete a project (shown above) using Chief Architect software. 


Course Time: 10 hours 42 minutes, Self paced in 32 modules


Who is this course for?

  • You’re a Residential or Light Commercial Designer wanting a professional design tool that uses smart building technology.
  • You want learn to draft and model architecture using BIM software.
  • You want to create your own high-level, detailed construction drawings for your renovations or new construction projects.
  • You want to create 3d models that you can share with homeowners, engineers and builders.
  • You want provide 3d sketches and renderings as part of your services.


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. 


I work  in 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.


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.


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


Prerequisite: There is no prerequisite for this course.  


Capstone Evaluation: If you would like to be evaluated for your Capstone, please contact me.



Chief Architect Premier X12, Chief Architect Interiors X12, Home Designer Pro 2021

I use the most current versions, but if you have an older version, this course will still work for you.



Annilee Waterman

     Annilee is a Certified Chief Architect Professional, a Certified Professional Building Designer and Registered Interior Designer.     


    Annilee Waterman has 30 years of art & design experience, with the past 16 years working virtually.


    Building on her Fine Arts and Interior Design degrees,  years of experience on Film & Television sets, & nearly 20 years as an Interior Designer, Annilee offers Rendering, Design Consulting, Custom Home Plans & Training for clients globally. She has utilized 3d modeling and rendering extensively and works daily on designs for  clients, as well as drafting, modeling and rendering for architects and designers. Over the years, she has become proficient using various programs, and understanding their integrations.

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