Creating an Arched or Transom Doorway

Reference Number: KB-00310
Last Modified: July 23, 2021

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Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or HomeDesigner Suite


How do I add an arched or transom doorway to my plan?


An arched or transom doorway can be added to a plan in Home Designer by using the Doorway Library.

Adding an arched or transom doorway from the library

  1. If you do not see the Library Browser, select View> Library Browser to turn on its display.

  2. Navigate to Architectural> Doors & Doorways> Entryways.

    Arched transom doorway in the library browser

  3. From the list, choose an appropriate opening.

  4. Lastly, click a wall on the plan. The arched or transom doorway will be added to the plan.

Creating an arched or transom doorway

  1. Select File> Open Plan  from the menu to open a plan in which you would like to create a mulled window unit, or select File> New Plan  to open a new, blank plan.   

  2. Before windows can be created, walls must be in place. Select Build> Walls> Exterior Walls  from the menu to draw the exterior walls of your plan.

  3. In floor plan view, select Build> Door> Hinged Door Hinged door tool icon from the menu, then click on an exterior wall to place a door at that location.

  4. While still in your floor plan, go to Build> Door> Fixed Door Fixed Door tool icon to place side lites on each side of the door.

    Adding fixed doors next to the door in floor plan view

  5. Go to Build> Window> Window Window tool icon from the menu, then place a window off to the side. This will become the transom above the door.

    Adding a window to the side of the door and side lites

  6. To see the door, side lites, and window in 3D, select 3D> Create Camera View> Full Camera  from the menu, then click and drag a camera arrow on the exterior of your floor plan, facing the door created in step 3.

    In Home Designer Pro, navigate to 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Camera  instead.

  7. Click on each side lite to select it and use the Move  edit handle to move it so that it bumps against the door.

    Moving the side lites to bump into the door 

  8. Click on the window off to the side to select it click the Open Object  edit button.  In the Window Specification dialog: 

    • On the General panel, change the Window Type to Fixed Glass and set the Width and the Height so that it spans the two side lites and doors. 

    • Click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes to this window.

  9. Click on the window to select it, then use the Move  edit handle to move the window above the side lites and door.  Leave a space between the windows and release.

    To move an object such as this window through obstructions such as the ceiling in this plan, press the Ctrl key on your keyboard, then move the object with the Move edit handle.

  10. Finally, use the Move  edit handle to drag the window down so it bumps the top of the site lites and door.  

    Moving the window to be above the door