Aligning Walls Between Floors


Reference Number: KB-00312
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 or Home Designer Landscape & Deck


QUESTION

I have a multiple floor structure and would like to know how to align the walls from one floor to another. How is this accomplished in Home Designer?



ANSWER

Wall alignment refers to the way wall segments line up with one another, either on the same floor or on the floor above or below. Walls may need to be aligned in a variety of situations.

On a plan created using Home Designer, the walls on one floor can be aligned with the walls on a second floor. This article will describe how to check wall alignment, and how to align walls between floors.


To align walls between floors

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, click on the wall that you want to align.


  2. When two walls between floors are close to being aligned, the Align with Wall Above  and Align with Wall Below  edit tools can be used to align those walls along their main layers.

If the walls are already aligned, or if the distance between the two walls is too great, then these edit tools will not display, and you may need to turn on the Reference Display to verify which of these two conditions exists.



To turn the Reference Display on

  1. From the menu select Tools> Reference Floors> Change Floor Reference to display the Change Floor Reference dialog.




  2. On the left panel, click the desired Current Floor to select it.

    For the purposes of our example, we will select the 2nd Floor.

    This is the floor that will display in floor plan view, and can be edited.


  3. On the right panel, click to select the desired Reference Floor.

    For the purposes of our example, we will select the 1st Floor.

    This is the floor that will be compared to the Current Floor, and will appear as a red outline.

  4. Once you have made your selections, click the OK button.


  5. To see the reference floor, from the menu select Tools> Reference Floors> Reference Floor Display , or by pressing F9 on your keyboard.



    The Reference Floor will be superimposed in red on the Plan view of the Current Floor.

 

To align walls between floors

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, click a wall on the Current Floor once to select it.

  2. Next, click and drag the edit handle at the center of a wall to reposition it to overlap a wall on the Reference Floor.


  3. The wall will automatically snap to the Reference Display, however you can also hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard to allow for unrestricted movement to manually align the walls.

    If you are using a Mac keyboard hold down the Command key instead to allow for unrestricted movement.