Specifying the Inset Depth of a Window

Reference Number: KB-00419
Last Modified: August 26, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional


A home that employs very thick walls, such as a straw bale, rammed earth, or log home structure may have very deep windows. How can I change the placement of the window within the wall?


Using the Window Specification dialog, it is possible to recess the window so it is close to the inside surface of the wall or have it placed closer to the outside of the wall. You can change the exact location of a window by adjusting the Inset values for that window.  

To specify the inset for a window's frame and sash

  1. Open  the Home Designer plan in which you would like to change the inset of a window.

  2. Using the Select Objects  tool, select a window, then click on the Open Object  edit button.

  3. On the Frame panel of the Window Specification dialog:

    Frame panel of the Window Specification dialog

    • Uncheck the Fit Frame to Wall box.

    • Specify a custom value in the Inset field. The sash will automatically move with the frame when a value is specified.

      In this example, the value has been changed to 6".

  4. If you would like to adjust the sash separately from the frame, select the Sash panel, then change the Inset value to your liking.

    In this example, the value is unchanged.

    Note: The Sash panel is not available in the Wall Niche Specification dialog, and the settings on this panel are not applicable to Pass-Throughs.

    Sash panel of the Window Specification dialog

  5. When you are satisfied with the Inset values, click OK.