Creating a Custom Enclosure for a Drop-in Bathtub

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QUESTION

I’d like to use a specific undermount or drop-in bathtub in my plan, but it doesn’t appear to have an enclosure. How can I create a custom enclosure for this object?

Bathtub with an enclosure

ANSWER 

Many objects are ready to use as stand-alone objects, however, some objects like drop-in bathtubs are meant to be enclosed. A custom enclosure, or surround, can be created in Home Designer by using the Base Cabinet tool.

In this article, we will be using a bathtub object from the Kohler® Manufacturer catalog, which can be downloaded for free from the Chief Architect 3D Library,

To create a bathtub enclosure

  1. Access the Library Browser , locate a drop-in bathtub that you would like to use in your plan, select it, and place it in your plan.

    In this example, the K-1946 Archer 5′ Bath symbol from the Kohler® Manufacturer catalog is used.

  2. Using the Select Objects tool, select the bathtub, and click the Open Object edit button.
  3. On the General panel of the Fixture Specification dialog that displays:

    General panel of the Fixture Specification dialog

    • Make a note of the symbol’s Width, Height, and Depth. This is also a good time to change these values if you wish.
    • Make any other desired changes, such as the material of the tub by accessing the Materials panel.
    • Click OK to confirm the changes and close the dialog.
  4. Next, navigate to Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet from the menu, then click to place a single base cabinet in the plan.
  5. Using the Select Objects tool, click on the cabinet to select it and select the Open Object edit button.
  6. On the General panel of the Base Cabinet Specification dialog:

    General panel of the Base Cabinet Specification dialog

    • Specify the cabinet’s Width, Height, and Depth, and Floor to Top/Bottom values.

      The width and height should be close to the width and height of the tub symbol, while the depth will serve as the depth of the surround. In this example, the Width is set to 60″, the Height is set to 17 1/2″, the Depth is set to 6″, and the Floor to Bottom is set to 0″.

    • Specify the Countertop Thickness, along with the Overhang.

      In this example, the Thickness is set to 1 1/2″ and the Overhang is 1/8″.

      Home Designer Pro also has the ability to change the Corner Treatment and Corner Width of the countertop. For example, corners can be Clipped or Rounded, and the Width value can be changed.

    • If the bathtub and surround will be positioned against a wall, you may want to define the Backsplash Height, Thickness, and other options as well.
  7. On the Front panel:
  8. With the cabinet selected, use its Move  edit handle to position it alongside the bathtub symbol.

    Moving the custom cabinet up against the tub

  9. With the cabinet still selected, make three more copies of it that you can use to form the other sides of the tub enclosure:
    • Click the Copy/Paste edit button;
    • Click the Sticky Mode secondary edit button;
    • Click three times in an empty
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Designing a Custom Drop-in Tub Enclosure

The information in this article applies to:

QUESTION

I need to create a tub deck surround for a drop-in tub. How can I achieve this?

Drop-in tub located in bathroom

ANSWER

In Chief Architect, we have a number of Drop-In Tub symbols that can be placed in plans, and a number of tools to create a surround. In this article, we will create an enclosure using Half-Walls and a Custom Countertop.

To place a drop-in tub

  1. Navigate to View> Library Browser  if the library isn’t already open, and browse to Chief Architect Core Catalogs> Architectural> Fixtures> Bathtubs> Drop-In Tubs.
  2. Select one of the drop-in tubs, then click once in the plan to place the selected tub.

    Plan view of a tub placed in the room

  3. Keeping the tub selected, click the Open Object edit tool, and in the Fixture Specification dialog that displays, take note of the size and elevation of the tub, then click OK.

    This would also be a good time to make changes to the size and elevation of the tub if different values are desired.

    General panel of the Fixture Specification dialog

    In this example, we are using the Standard Tub from the library and will be using the default values.

To create the enclosure

  1. Navigate to Build> Wall> Straight Half-Wall  from the menu, then draw an interior rectangle that will serve as the supportive enclosure for the tub.

    Half walls drawn surrounding the tub

    Note: If you have difficulty drawing half-walls directly beside other walls, try drawing them in a separate area of the room, away from other walls, then move them into place using their Move edit handles.

    Moving walls using the move edit handle

  2. Using the Select Objects tool, select one of the half-walls, click the Open Object edit tool, and in the Railing Specification dialog that displays:

    Newels/Balusters panel where the height of the half-wall can be set

  3. Perform this same procedure for the three remaining walls.
  4. We are now ready to construct the top surface of the enclosure. Select Build> Cabinet> Custom Countertop from the menu, then click and drag to create a rectangle that encompasses the tub and the four half-walls.

    Creating a custom countertop

  5. Once the countertop is placed, select it using the Select Objects tool, click the Open Object edit tool, and in the Custom Countertop Specification dialog that displays:

    Set the thickness, height, and position of the countertop

    • On the General panel, uncheck Set Thickness From Cabinet and specify a desired Thickness.

      In this example, a Thickness of 1 1/2″ is set.

    • Uncheck Set Height From Cabinet and specify the Finished Floor to Top/Bottom value.

      In this example, the Elevation Reference is set to From Finished Floor, and the Finished Floor to Bottom value is set to 15 3/4″.

    • Change the material of the countertop on the Materials panel.
    • Click OK to confirm the changes and close the dialog.
  6. Navigate to Build> Cabinet> Custom Counter Hole  and create a hole that spans the width and depth of the tub.

    Creating a custom counter hole

  7. Lastly, add a faucet, along with any additional fixtures and accessories from the Library Browser , then take a Camera view to see the results.

    Camera view of a custom tub enclosure

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