Stacking Appliances in Cabinets


Reference Number: KB-00141
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

 

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials


QUESTION

I need to place stacked appliances in a Full Height cabinet, however, in Home Designer 2012 and older, the message says I can only have one appliance per cabinet.  How can I model this in an older version of  Home Designer?


Note:   This process has been greatly simplified in the Home Designer Pro 2014 and 2015 programs, which allow you to quickly and easily place multiple appliances in one single Full Height cabinet directly using its Specification dialog. Visit the article on Placing Multiple Appliances in a Single Cabinet in Home Designer Pro article linked in the Related Articles section.

ANSWER

Some stacked appliances, such as stacked wall ovens, can already be located in the Library Browser. In new versions of Home Designer, many appliances can be placed in a single cabinet.  In this article, however, we will discuss what to do when you want to place two separate appliance symbols, and give them the appearance of being in a single Full Height Cabinet, using an old version of Home Designer.

We will create each one with the appropriate dimensions, and then stack them together to create the appearance of a single Full Height cabinet with all three appliances in it.


To create the full height cabinet for the microwave

  1. First, launch Home Designer and select File> New Plan .

    For the purposes of this example, we will use the Arts & Crafts Style Template.


  2. Next, select Build> Cabinet> Full Height Cabinet , click in the plan to place it, and once placed, select the cabinet, and click on the Open Object  edit button.


  3. In the Full Height Cabinet Specification dialog on the General tab



    • Set the Height to 33"
    • Set the Width to 33"
    • Leave the Depth at 24"
    • Set the Floor to Bottom value at 57"
    • Click OK to apply these changes.


  4. Next, select Library> Library Browser  and browse to the appropriate appliance that you want to place in the uppermost part of the cabinet.

    For the purposes of this example, we will browse to Architectural> Appliances> Microwave Ovens> Standard Built-In Microwave.


  5. Once you have the appropriate item in the Library Browser selected, click on the Full Height Cabinet to place the built-in appliance in it.

    Note: If you had not already increased the Width of this cabinet, you would  receive a warning that the cabinet is not large enough to hold the  fixture/appliance

  6. After the microwave is placed in the Full Height Cabinet, we will use the Select Objects  tool to select the Full Height Cabinet, and click on the Open Object  edit button again.


  7. Once you have returned to the Full Height Cabinet Specification dialog



    • On the preview of the cabinet that displays on the right of the dialog, click on the doors above the microwave to select them, which will take you to the Front tab, and set the Item Height to 8"

    • Next, select the microwave Appliance, and select Move Down so that it is at the bottom of the cabinet.


  8. Click OK to apply the changes, and we have now completed the topmost of the three cabinets we will be stacking together.


To create the base cabinet for the wall oven

  1. Select Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet then click off to the side of your existing Full Height cabinet to place it in floor plan view.


  1. Once placed, select the cabinet, click on the Open Object  edit button to display the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.


  2. On the General tab



    • Set the Height to 29 3/4"
    • Set the Width to 33"
    • Leave the Depth set at 24"
    • Set the Floor to Bottom value at 27 1/4"


  3. Next, select the countertop in the preview of the cabinet that displays in the right of the dialog to go to the Front tab.



    • Once the countertop is selected, click on the Delete button to remove it.

    • Next, select the Toe Kick at the bottom of the cabinet preview, and Delete it as well.

    • Click OK to apply these changes to the cabinet.

  4. Select Library> Library Browser  and browse to the appropriate appliance that you want to place in the uppermost part of the cabinet.

    For the purposes of this example, we will browse to Architectural> Appliances> Wall Ovens> Standard Single Oven.


  5. Once you have the appropriate item in the Library Browser selected,  click on the Base Height Cabinet to place the built-in appliance in it.

    We have now completed the middle of the three cabinets we will be stacking together.


To create the base cabinet for the warming drawer

  1. Select Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet then click off to the side the previously based Base Cabinet which contains the wall oven.

  1. Once placed, select the cabinet, click on the Open Object edit button to display the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.


  2. On the General tab



    • Set the Height to 27 1/4"
    • Set the Width to 33"
    • Leave the Depth set at 24"
    • Leave the Floor to Bottom value set at 0"


  3. Next, select the countertop in the preview of the cabinet that displays in the right of the dialog to go to the Front tab and Delete it.



    • Once the countertop is selected, click on the Delete button to remove it.

    • Click OK to apply these changes to the cabinet.


  4. Select Library> Library Browser and browse to the appropriate appliance that you want to place in the uppermost part of the cabinet.

    For the purposes of this example, we will browse to Architectural> Appliances> Wall Ovens> ChefSeries Warming Drawer.


  5. Once you have the appropriate item in the Library Browser selected, click on the Base Height Cabinet to place the built-in appliance in it.


  6. After the warming drawer is placed in the Base Cabinet, we will use the Select Objects  tool to select the Base Cabinet, and click on the Open Object  edit button again.


  7. Once you have returned to the Base Cabinet Specification dialog



    • On the preview of the cabinet that displays on the right of the  dialog, click on the warming drawer appliance to select it, which  will take you to the Front tab.

    • Next, select the warming drawer Appliance, and select Move Up so that it is at the top of the cabinet.


  8. Click OK to apply the changes, and we have now completed the bottom and final cabinet of the three we will be stacking together.


Now that you have created all of your cabinets and placed the appliances in them, you are ready to stack these cabinets.


To stack the cabinets

  1. Select 3D> Create Camera View> Cross Section/Elevation then click and drag a view towards the front of the cabinetry.


  2. Now, select the middle cabinet, click and drag it over the top of the bottom cabinet.




  3. Next, move the topmost cabinet above the two other cabinets, so that you create the appearance of a single 90" tall Full Height cabinet with three appliances in it.




     While in floor plan view, you can hold down the Shift key  on your keyboard, then click and drag a marquee around all three of  these cabinets, and move them together as a single unit to precisely  position them in a plan.


    Now you can take the knowledge you have gained in this article and apply it to the stacked appliances in your own designs.