Setting the Height of the Terrain

Reference Number: KB-00322
Last Modified: July 21, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or HomeDesigner Suite


How do I raise or lower my terrain in relation to my structure?  

Structure with a terrain


The terrain can be raised or lowered by adjusting the Subfloor Height Above Terrain value located in the Terrain Specification dialog.  

To adjust the height of the Terrain

  1. Using the Select Objects tool, select the Terrain Perimeter and click on the Open Object edit button.

    Note: In Home Designer Pro, you can also navigate to Terrain> Terrain Specification from the menu. 

  2. On the General panel of the Terrain Specification dialog that displays, uncheck the Automatic checkbox.

  3. In the Subfloor Height Above Terrain field, enter your desired value, then click OK.

    Adjust the distance between the building and the terrain by opening the Terrain Specification

    This field represents the distance between the subfloor of Floor 1 and the terrain at the building footprint center, as such:

    • A positive value in this field will make the house rise relative to the terrain.

    • A negative value will make the house sink down towards, or into the terrain.

  4. Select 3D> Create Camera View> Perspective Full Overview to see the changes that you have applied.