How to Insert Doors into Elevation Wall

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to insert and reposition doors within a wall in AutoCAD Architecture.

At the bottom of this tutorial you can find a video screencast showing you how to insert and reposition your doors.

How to Insert Three Patio Doors in the Kitchen-Dining Room

You can start to place the doors and windows into the external wall with the patio doors of the top wall of the Kitchen-Dining room. Three doors are symmetrically placed in the wall, one is in the center, and the other two are 1360-1360 mm far from its both sides.

  1. Go to the Doors palette of the Tool palettes and look for the Hinged – Double – Full Lite door style icon.

    Click on the icon to start inserting such a door style.

  2. AutoCAD Architectur Hinged-Double-Full Lite

  3. Before selecting the host wall, go to the Properties palette and set carefully the following parameters.

    You did not find suitable sizes on the Standard sizes, so override the value of the Width to 1600 mm [5’-3”], and the Height value to 2400 mm [8’-0”].

    Set the Position along wall parameter to Offset/Center value, if it is not on it.

    Check if the Vertical Alignment is on Threshold.

    The Threshold height parameter value is 0.

  4. AutoCAD Architecture Properties Palette

  5. Go back to the drawing area and select the top wall.

    AutoCAD Architecture Select the Top Wall

    NOTE: You would like to insert the door into the center of the whole wall segment, but it is not possible now, because the small wall segment is joined to the external wall, which divided the external wall in two parts. It means you can insert the door in the center of the right wall segment or the left wall segment.

    It does not matter in which wall segment door will be inserted, but now you insert it in the right wall segment, and then you change anchor of the door compared to the wall.

  6. The door placing starts. Move the cursor that the patio door gets stuck in the center of the wall segment by the Wall centered constrained and press the left mouse button to click it to its place. Finally exit the command with ENTER.
  7. AutoCAD Architecture - The Door Placing Starts

  8. Select the new inserted door, and on the Properties palette click on the Anchor label to open the panel.
  9. AutoCAD Architecture Anchor Label

  10. On displaying Anchor panel set in the Position Along (X) field From: option to Midpoint of wall and the Distance value to 0, and then with OK close the panel.
  11. AutoCAD Architecture Anchor Panel - Midpoint of Wall

  12. At still selected door start the Add Selected command from the Ribbon. The next and the same door insertion start immediately. Before inserting the next door, set the Automatic Offset value to 1050 mm [3’-2 1/2”].

    Move the crosshair to the left to see 1050 mm [3’-2 1/2”] wall segment from the left wall and click this door down, as well.

    NOTE: If the swing direction is not correct, do not care about it, it will be aligned later.

  13. AutoCAD Architecture Note

  14. Move the crosshair to the right of the middle door, and pay attention of the label of 1050 mm [3’-2 1/2”] distance from the right wall segment and click down this door, as well.
  15. AutoCAD Architecture - Pay Attention of the Label of 1050 mm

  16. Throw away the door selection by pressing ESC.

    For practicing change the display configuration from Medium Detail to High Detail.

  17. Click on the Medium Detail button shown in the right bottom corner of the drawing area, and from the displaying Display Configuration drop-up menu select the High Detail option.

    AutoCAD Architecture High Detail Option

    The change option will cause walls to look like the following.

  18. AutoCAD Architecture Change Option

  19. Save the drawing with the Save AutoCAD Save Command Icon command.

How to Reposition Patio Doors within a Wall

The frame thickness of the patio door will be changed, and the patio doors have to be moved along the wall thickness that the exterior face of their frames and the internal face of the insulation have to fall in line.

  1. First be sure that the Dynamic Input (DYN) is turned on in the status bar.
  2. AutoCAD Architecture Dynamic Input DYN

  3. Select one of the patio doors, and then start the Edit Style command from the Door Contextual tab of the Ribbon.

    NOTE: It does not matter which was chosen, because they have the same style.

  4. AutoCAD Architecture Edit Style

  5. On the displaying Door Style Properties panel go to the Dimensions tab and turn off the Auto-Adjust to Width of the Wall, and if the B-Depth value is not correct, override it to 100 mm [4”], and then close the panel by pressing OK.
  6. AutoCAD Architecture Door Style Properties Dimensions

  7. Select all three patio doors, and then Right-Click.

    NOTE: From the 2014 version the adjustment of the doors and windows can be used within the wall. However this option can be chosen only at positioning. Additionally in the course of adjustment we can only position the door and the window to 3 different points of the wall, – Left, Center, Right – namely one side or the other and the center of the wall.

    More information on the new features since AutoCAD Architecture version 2014 can be found on the link.

    From the drop-up menu start the Reposition Within Wall command.

    AutoCAD Architecture Reposition Within Wall

  8. At the same time a red line appears displaying the prompt “Select position on the opening”. Depending on where you move the cursor, the red line will jump between the center of the frame, the interior face of the frame or exterior face of the frame.

    NOTE: If it is needed make a zoom in on the doors to see it better.

  9. Left-Click firmly above one of the doors to specify its exterior face as the insertion face.
  10. AutoCAD Architecture Left Click Above One of the Doors

  11. Then the program asks you to select a reference point. With the PERpendicular (or the ENDpoint) (what program can find faster) and with Left-Click select the endpoint of the interior face of the insulation as the reference point.

    In the meantime you should see in the dimension input the vertical distance between the exterior face of the door and the reference point.

    AutoCAD Architecture Input the Vertical Distance

  12. For the command “Enter the new distance between the selected points <0>“ type 0 (zero) and press ENTER.
  13. AutoCAD Architecture Type 0

  14. Finishing the command the originally selected 3 patio doors move in along the wall thickness, and fall in line with the internal face of the insulation.
  15. AutoCAD Architecture Finish

I hope you enjoyed this part of the AutoCAD Architecture video tutorials series. In the next article I’ll show you how to Create Opening Endcap and Move Doors Along the Wall Length. If you liked this tutorial make sure you subscribe for more in the upper right corner (where you can also download the first chapters of my AutoCAD Architecture eBook free) and also subscribe to my YouTube channel.

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