Modifying a Wall Type

Reference Number: KB-00382
Last Modified: July 14, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural


We will be finishing an unfinished basement and I would  like to make some changes to a foundation wall type in my plan, adding interior continuous insulation, framing and drywall. How can I do this?


You can customize a wall type to suit your needs. In this example, a concrete foundation wall type is modified to include a layer of rigid insulation, fir framing and drywall.


To copy the wall type

  1. Click Build> Wall> Define Wall Types .

  2. At the top of the Wall Type Definitions dialog there is a drop-down menu which allows you to choose from different preset Wall Types available in this plan.

    Wall Types Definition Dialog, 8" Concrete Stem wall chosen

  3. For this example, select the 8" Concrete Stem Wall.

    Wall Types Definition Dialog, Editing 8" Concrete Stem Wall

  4. This assembly has one, thick concrete layer, with a thickness of 8 inches, as shown above, by layer 1.

  5. Click the Copy button to create a copy of the wall type. Notice that the name changes to "8" Concrete Stem Wall, Copy". Rename it to something that represents the assembly you're creating, such as an 8" Finished Concrete.


To add layers

  1. You should see three wall layer sections. The Exterior Layers, Main Layers, and Interior Layers. Since layers are going to be added to the interior side, it is necessary to first click on Interior Layers.

    Wall Type Definitions Panel, Interior Layers section selected

  2. Click the Insert Below button to the right of the wall layers to create a new interior layer.

    You now see that we have a wall with two layers with a total thickness of 10" – one, the original 8" concrete layer, and the other, a 2" insulation air gap layer which we've just created.

  3. Insert layers for rigid foam insulation, furring and drywall.

  4. The thickness of a layer can be modified by clicking in the text field of the layer's Thickness column.

    For this example the following thicknesses are used:

    • 8"
    • 3/4"
    • 3 1/2"
    • 1/2"

To assign materials to the layers

  1. Select a layer with a material you wish to change, and then click on the Texture column of that layer to open the Select Material dialog, and navigate to the material that you would like to use.

    Wall Types Definition Dialog, three layers added to the Interior Layers section with the Add Layer button

  2. Once you have chosen an appropriate material, click OK and a preview of the material is shown in the Layer Material section of the dialog.

    For the purposes of our example, the materials for each of the layers are as follows:

    • 8" Concrete
    • 3/4" Insulation Rigid
    • 3 1/2" Fir Framing 2
    • 1/2" Drywall

To change the fill style

  1. Select a layer with a fill style you wish to change.

  2. Click the Fill column of that layer and specify the desired fill style for that layer using the Fill Pattern drop down menu and click OK.

    In this example:

    • 8" Concrete - Default Concrete fill style
    • 3/4" Insulation Rigid - Angle Cross Hatch fill style
    • 3 1/2" Fir Framing 2 - Solid Yellow fill style
    • 1/2" Drywall - No fill style

To change walls in the plan to the new wall type

  1. With the Select Objects  tool, select the wall that needs to be changed and then click Open Object .

  2. In the Wall Specification dialog, on the Wall Types panel, use the drop-down menu to select the newly created 8" Finished Concrete wall type and click OK.

    This drop down menu will be located on the General panel in Home Designer Architectural and Suite.

    Wall Specification Dialog, Wall Types Panel, 8" Finished Concrete chosen

    You can hold the Shift key on the keyboard while you click on walls to group select multiple walls to change the wall types all at once.