Generating Framing in Home Designer Pro

Reference Number: KB-00462
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional


What is the best way to approach framing in Home Designer Pro?


There are some common practices that can be employed when building framing in Home Designer Pro, those outlined in this article are:

  • Setting framing defaults
  • Generating automatic framing
  • Manually building and editing framing
  • Changing framing defaults in an existing plan

Before you begin drawing your plan, it is recommended that you set up your framing defaults to reflect the way you want the structure to be built. Changing these defaults after the structure is complete may require you to re-do work and lower your productivity.

The Build Framing dialog serves as both the default, and the build dialog, for automatic and manual framing.

To set framing defaults

  1. Select Build> Framing> Build Framing  from the menu.

  2. In the Build Framing dialog, visit each panel and specify the spacing, framing member size, framing member type, and other information.

    While all framing default settings are important to your structure, the floor framing will be the most time-consuming to change after your plan is complete.

    Do not check any Build boxes, such as the Build Wall Framing, or Automatically Build Floor and Ceiling Framing checkboxes, at this time.

    In an empty plan, they will have no effect; however it's important to be aware of these checkboxes and only use them when you actually want to generate new framing, or have the framing automatically update when you make adjustments to the plan.

  3. When you have set all framing defaults to your satisfaction, click the OK button to close the dialog and apply your default settings to the structure that you will be drawing.

    Floor and ceiling height, which determine wall heights, are set in the Floor Defaults dialog for each floor in your plan, and in the Room Specification dialog for individual rooms.

    Before drawing on each new floor, be sure to specify these values as well.

You can build framing at any time, however any structural changes made will not update the framing unless automatic framing is enabled or the framing is manually rebuilt each time. Additionally, any customized framing will need to be re-drawn each time the framing is rebuilt. As such, it may be best to wait until you are confident that your plan is in its final state before framing is generated.

To generate framing

  1. Select Build> Framing> Build Framing  from the menu.

  2. In the Build Framing dialog, visit each panel and verify that the default information is correct.

  3. For each type of framing that you would like to generate, check the appropriate Build box.

    Floor framing for a particular floor in your plan is accessed on the floor below. Floor 1 floor framing, for example, is built on the Foundation panel, and is also displayed on Floor 0 in floor plan view.

    Ceiling framing for a particular floor in your plan is accessed on that floor.

    • You can choose to generate all framing in your plan at once, or just a portion at a time, depending on your needs.

    • When you have selected all framing types that you wish to build, click OK.

It is common to use a combination of both automatic and manual framing in a single Home Designer Pro plan.

To manually build or edit framing

  1. Floor, ceiling and roof framing members can be selected and edited in floor plan view.

  2. Rafters, trusses, joists and wall framing can be created using the various Framing Tools, accessible from the Build> Framing menu.

  3. To create custom wall studs, select Build> Framing> Post  from the menu, then click an empty space away from your plan to place a post.

    • Delete the footing that is created, then open the Post Specification dialog and edit the post to meet your needs.

    • To move the post into position in a wall, hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard, then use the Move edit handle to drag the post to the desired location.

Sometimes, it is necessary to make structural changes to a plan that has already been drawn.

To change framing defaults in an existing plan

  1. Before making changes that will affect floor, ceiling and/or roof plane heights, it is recommended that you first delete your framing - including wall framing.

    • Navigate to Edit> Delete Objects .

    • Click the radio button beside All Floors.

    • Check the boxes beside Floor/Ceiling Framing, Roof Framing, Roof Trusses and Wall Framing.

    • Click Delete delete the specified framing objects in your plan.

  2. It is also necessary to either raise or delete the existing roof planes.

    • To raise the roof planes enough to accommodate changes, Shift + select all roof planes and then click the Transform/Replicate Object  edit button.

    • In the Transform/Replicate Object dialog, check the box beside Move and specify the desired distance to raise or lower the roof planes along the Z Delta.

    • If you would rather delete the roof completely to start over, select Build> Roof> Delete Roof Planes  from the menu.

  3. Make the needed changes to your plan's structure.

    • Begin on the lowest floor and work upwards towards the attic.

    • Remember that changes made to the Framing and Floor Defaults will not affect any rooms that are not using the default values.

      For example, rooms with sunken floors should be examined individually and their heights adjusted as needed.

  4. When your structural changes are complete and you have moved or deleted your roof in step 1, you can now rebuild your framing and, if necessary, your roof.