In this Video-Tutorial we show you how you can enter and define doors with the 3D CAD house planning software cadvilla.

The basic workflow:

  • In the first step we start to enter the interior doors. Therefore we select “Building” – “Door” – “Door” – “Free positioning”. After it we press the right mouse button in the 2D-view – “Properties”. The door dialogue appears and here, at the point “Selection”, we can select a door. We select an interior door, to take a look at the door in the preview window we click in the button “3D”. In the door dialogue we can also define the opening dimensions and the door dimensions. At the point “Frame” we can choose a frame for the door or we display the door without a frame. We can also change the dimensions of the frame. After we have defined the properties we can press “ESC”.
  • We can position the door now. To change the reference point of the door we press the key combination “CTRL+W”. The opening direction of the door gets displayed as an arrow when we position the door. To change the opening direction we move the cursor inside the wall thickness. To position the door more precise we can also use the constructional support. Therefore we press the right mouse button (when the door is already selected) – “Constructional support” – and for example “Point with distance from” or the shortcut “a”. Now we select a start point and a direction for this function. A dialogue window appears and here we enter the distance. Of course we can also select and move a door which is already positioned – Selection Menu – “Move with reference point” or the shortcut “r”. We can also use the help of guidelines when we position doors (“2D & Layout” – “2D-Guidelines”).
  • To change the opening hinge of a door, we select the door – right mouse button – “Change opening hinge”. To change the opening direction we also select the door – right mouse button – “Change opening direction”.
  • To change the depth of a door inside a wall, we select the door – right mouse button – “Properties”. At the point “Opening” – “Depth” we can define the depth of the wall.
  • To texturize a door, we select “3D Functions” – “Edit material”. We select the material of the door, the material editor opens and here we can edit the colour, texture, highlights, etc. … of the door. After it we press “OK”. To transfer the texture to other parts of the door, or to other doors we select “3D Functions” – “Transfer material”. We select the material which we want to transfer and we transfer it to the target object.
  • To enter an exterior door is pretty much the same as to enter an interior door. Therefore we select again “Building” – “Door” – “Door” – “Free positioning”. Now we press the right mouse button in the 2D-view – “Properties”. We select at the point “Selection” one of the exterior doors and after it we define the opening- and door-dimensions. Of course we can also define the opening hinge. After it we press “OK”. We place the exterior door, for example with help of the constructional support, and now we texturize the door for example with a texture out of the catalogue. Therefore we select “Catalogue” – “Textures” and for example “Colours”, we select a colour. Afert it, we press and hold the left mouse button and we drag the texture into the 3D-view. Of course we can edit the texture with the function “Edit material”.
  • To create a manual door radius we enter in the first step the dimensions with the help of guidelines (“2D & Layout” – “2D-Guidelines”). After it we select “2D & Layout” – “Arch” – “Centre, radius, one point”. We enter the arch and in the next step we select “Line” – “Between two points” to define the lines of the door radius.

The zooming function used in this video works up to cadvilla 5.x.x.x slightly different.
The adapted video (changings in zoom) you can find here.

The hints in the following three articles also apply to the doors:
How to position 3D objects (3D doors, 3D windows, window-constructions,…)
Verschieben von Fenstern innerhalb einer Wand
How to move windows and doors with dx / dy

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