Understanding Wall Heights in a Doll House View

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Last Modified: July 23, 2021

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Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or HomeDesigner Suite


When I create a Doll House View or Floor Camera view of one of the floors in my plan, the walls aren't all at the same height. Why is this?


In this article, we will discuss why you may be seeing differing wall heights in Doll House or Floor Camera views. If you are looking for information on changing wall heights, please see the Related Articles section below.

The Doll House View allows you to create a view of the current floor with the ceiling removed, and all floors beneath it visible.  This type of floor overview is an effective tool for illustrating traffic flow and the relationships between spaces.  It will display the wall tops of a floor as cut off by the ceiling or roof planes, however, it will not show Attic Walls from the floor above.

To create a doll house camera view

  1. In Home Designer Architectural and less advanced versions, select 3D> Create Camera View> Doll House View .

    In Home Designer Pro, select 3D> Create Perspective View> Doll House View .

  2. To see a different floor, select Tools> Reference Floors> Up One Floor  or Down One Floor .

    In Home Designer Pro, you specify in the Camera Defaults dialog that only the current floor be included in Floor Overviews.

While in the Doll House View, you may notice that not all of the walls are at the same height. The reason for this is that the rooms themselves likely have differing ceiling heights from the rooms surrounding them. This may have occurred from modifying the Ceiling Height in the Room Specification previously, or in editing the Ceiling Height in a 3D Camera view. In Home Designer Pro, you may have also selected individual wall heights in camera views to raise them up or down separately from the rest of the room.

To check ceiling heights

  1. In either your 2D floor plan view, or in the 3D Doll House Camera view, use the Select Objects  tool to select the room, then click on the Open Object  edit button to display the Room Specification dialog.

  2. On the Structure panel, observe the Finished Ceiling (F) value.

  • In this example, we can see that there is no checkmark in the dynamic Default check box next to the Finished Ceiling (F) value. This is a good indicator that other rooms are likely using the Default originally set in your Floor Defaults dialog, which explains why the height differs.

    To learn more about Floor Defaults, see the appropriate link in the Related Articles section below.

  • If the Default check box was selected, then you will know that this particular room is using the default Finished Ceiling height as set in the Floor Defaults dialog, which means that one of the other rooms surrounding this wall likely has a higher or lower Finished Ceiling Height value.

  • If the Finished Ceiling Height value is greyed out and inactive and you see a message in the dialog that states the ceiling values cannot be changed, it means that multiple rooms with differing floor heights are present on the Floor directly above this room.

  • Click Cancel to close out of the dialog without making any changes.

  • If needed, follow these same steps to double check the Finished Ceiling Height values or any other rooms with walls of differing heights.

  • If the Ceiling Heights are set correctly, understand why this means that the wall height in the Doll House View will also reflect the difference and you do not need to make any changes.

    If, however, you do not want differing ceiling heights, you can quickly restore them back to their defaults without having to modify each room individually.

    To reset all floor and ceiling heights back to the default values

    1. Select Edit> Reset to Defaults.

      If you have already completed your roof, and do not want the new ceiling heights to be used to rebuild it, first exit out of Reset to Defaults, go to the Build Roof dialog, and uncheck Auto Rebuild Roofs before continuing.

    2. In the Reset to Defaults dialog:

    • Set the Reset Scope to All Floors.

    • Check the boxes beside both Floor Heights and Ceiling Heights.

    • In Home Designer Pro, also select Wall Top Heights and Wall Bottom Heights

    • Click OK to apply this change and reset all of these values back to their defaults