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Location: 08a Doors

The interior door.


Type: Solid, French, or Cased Opening. (The 'Cased Opening' door will be phased out soon.)

Single/Double: One leaf or two. When you change this setting, the Fix Width parameter appears. If you turn that on, it will intelligently convert the width of the door to either double or half the original width.

Operation: Swing, Pocket, Barn, Bifold, or Double-Acting. (Haha, the spell checker thinks bifold should be 'befouled'.)

For the French door there's Horizontal and Vertical Divisions.

Niceness: The standard level-of-detail control for the trimwork. 'Auto' is usually best.

Finish Floor Adjustment: Distance the door is raised above its own zero point. Remember that typical doors are placed at zero relative to their walls and/or stories, and this parameter handles the finish floor thickness.

Frame: Usually on unless you're doing something unusual. The Thickness can also be left alone. Model Threshold fills in the door's 'floor' so it will clean up with finish floor slabs on either side. Jamb Panels are optional panels within the frame of a door in a very thick wall. Turn this on and you can set the dimensions of the panel casing and choose the surround moulding.


Leaf Style provides many common panel arrangements. Leaf Thickness does what it says. All the Rail and Stile widths can be set, but the defaults are pretty good. With Auto Panel Dims on, the door will automatically set the panel proportions depending on the Leaf Style. Uncheck this if you want to change the panel dimensions. Different panel parameters will be offered for different Leaf Styles. Panel Thickness does what it says. 3D Open Angle opens the door in 3D. The door will only appear open in the 3D window, not in section/elevation, and this angle is independent of the 2D symbol's open angle. For pocket and barn doors, the parameter is 3D Open Percentage instead.


Round, Lever, or none. The Plate option is for the Double-Acting door. Elevation from the bottom of the leaf. With a double door, the handle on the passive leaf is optional.


Turn it on by setting the Height to greater than zero. This height applies to the frame; the sash is smaller. The transom has its own lite division parameters. If the door is french and the horizontal divisions are zero, the transom divisions will match the door. The Mull Width refers to the casing of the transom bar. If the Stile Width is zero, it will match the door, otherwise it is what it is. The Rail Width is what it is.


The casing settings for the Swing side and the Opposite side are independent, but you can set the opposite side to 'Match', which means the swing side settings are used for both.

You can choose the Casing Shape from the list, or set it to Custom and set the Width and Thickness manually. The head casing can Match the jambs, or it can be its own shape, or it can be independently custom with its own width and thickness. Head Overhang does the arts and crafts thing. The head casing can have a Crown at the top and a Bead at the bottom. The Plinth shape can be 5/4x_, custom, or none, with whatever Height. The Plinth Reveal is the dimension the plinth extends beyond the jamb width. Transom Panel is a panel above the door where a transom would be. Turn it on by setting the Height to greater than zero, and set the Panel Thickness and Mull Casing parameters.

Again, the opposite side casing can Match the swing side, or you set it up separately.


All of the Materials are here. The Detail Lines switch controls whether the fine lines are drawn on the trim profiles at large scales. If they are, they use the Detail Line Pen. The Horizontal and Vertical Wood Fills are used in section at large scales. The 3D door is drawn with the 2D symbol pen, unless Model Pen is non-zero. Cut Jambs lets you stretch and miter each side of the casing using the plan nodes, see below.


You can Show Casing or not. You can show a Nodes at the edge of the casing to help with placing baseboards. If you turn on Cut Jambs under the Model heading (see above), the nodes become editable and you can use them to cut the casing back. In order the get the miter editing nodes, Show Casing needs to be on. Casing Reveal Nodes can help line up panel holes. You can show the Frame in plan or not; this is independent of the 'real' frame switch above.

You can modify the 2D Open Angle, but don't: Move it in plan instead.

The Threshold Lines and Fill are both optional. If the fill is on, you have the option of using a local Fill Origin to move and rotate the fill pattern, just like a real fill. If you turn the origin on, you get two additional editing nodes, one for the origin and one for the angle. There's no visible 'handle' so you have to figure out which node is which. The origin node is in the middle of the door to start. Use the origin when you have a complex floor fill on the threshold and you need it to blend in with the adjacent finish floor fills. (This is the only new feature of this revision. Everything else is fixing and polishing.)

RO Dimension expands the door's size in plan using the RO Width Adjustment parameter in the Schedule Data heading, see below. This way, you can dimension the rough opening. (In most cases, I think it is better to dimension to the door's centerline.) In order to do this trick, it draws a little piece of fill on each side of the door, using the RO Fill, which should usually be 'Empty Fill'.

The Swing Pen should be fine; use #161. The doors and windows should use the 160 row of pens.

Schedule Data

Lots of schedule fields get generated automatically. These don't, so if you want to use them you need to fill them in manually. Location is usually a room. You would leave this blank unless the door is unique or you are using unique IDs across the board. The RO Adjustments are added to the width and height to generate the RO dimensions for the schedule (if desired) and the plan as described above. If the frame has Jamb Panels on, their thickness is added to the RO automatically, so you don't need to account for it here. Material/Finish is where you would put 'Painted Wood' or whatever. (You might ignore this field and put such info in the specs instead.) Note will show up in the Note column of the schedule.

Schedule Output

These parameters are read-only; they are generated from other settings and aren't directly modifiable. There's the Type, Size, Lites (divisions for French doors), and the Rough Opening in either inches or feet and inches.