Message: Ceiling values may not be changed as the floor above this room has varying heights.


Reference Number: KB-02989
Last Modified: August 7, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite



QUESTION

When I attempt to change the Ceiling Height for one of my rooms, the field is greyed out and states:

"Ceiling values may not be changed as the floor above this room has varying heights."

Why is this, and how can I change the Ceiling Height?


ANSWER

In the Room Specification dialog, if the Ceiling value is grayed out, indicating that it is inactive, and this information message displays in the dialog, it means that multiple rooms with differing floor heights are present directly above so the field will display “No Change.”

Room Specification dialog stating that ceiling values may not be changed

It is recommended that  you setup the floor and ceiling height defaults for all of your floors to reflect the most common values for the rooms on each floor. Then, start on the lowest floor and work your way up in order to modify floor and ceiling heights for rooms that do not adhere to the specified defaults.


To setup your floor and ceiling height defaults

  1. Select Edit> Default Settings  to open the Default Settings dialog.


  2. Expand the Floors and Rooms category, expand Floor Levels, select the floor level you'd like to change the floor and ceiling height for, and then click Edit.


  3. Make sure that the most common values for the rooms on this floor are entered, then click OK.


  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for all other floors in the plan.

Once the correct defaults have been specified for each floor, it is time to reset all floors to use the default floor and ceiling heights.


To reset floor and ceiling heights to the default values

  1. Select Edit> Reset to Defaults.


  2. Under Reset Scope, select All Floors.


  3. Under Default, place a check next to Floor Heights and Ceiling Heights, then click OK.

Lastly, starting with the lowest floor in the plan and working up, modify the floor and ceiling height values for rooms that do not adhere to the specified defaults.