Generating Framing in Home Designer Pro

Reference Number: KB-00462
Last Modified: August 7, 2019

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
  • Preparing an existing plan for new framing

Before you begin drawing your plan or generating framing, it is recommended you set up your framing defaults as well as your floor and ceiling heights to reflect the way you want the structure to be built. Changing these values 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 check boxes, at this time.

    In an empty plan, checking those boxes will have no effect. However, it's important to be aware of these check boxes 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.

  4.  Before drawing on each floor select Edit> Default Settings , select Floors and Rooms> Floor Levels, the floor level you'd like to modify, and then click Edit.

  5. In the Floor Defaults dialog on the Structure panel, specify the desired floor and ceiling heights to be used as the default for that floor and then click OK and Done to save these changes.

    Note: You may wish for one or more rooms on a floor to have different floor or ceiling height values than the floor's default. You can modify an individual room's floor or ceiling height by selecting the room and clicking the Open Object edit button to open the Room Specification dialog. You can modify the room's floor and ceiling height on the structure panel of the Room Specification dialog. 

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.

    Choosing what framing to build within the Build Framing dialog 

    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 checked 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.

    • Select the post, click the Open Object  edit button to open the Post Specification dialog, edit the post to meet your needs, then click OK.

    • To move the post into position in a wall, hold down the Ctrl/Command 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. All framing members can be deleted before new framing defaults are set and new framing members are generated.

Preparing an existing plan for new framing

  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.

    • Select Edit> Delete Objects .

    • Click the radio button beside All Floors.

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

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

      Choosing framing elements to delete within the Delete Object dialog

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

    • To raise the roof planes enough to accommodate changes, hold Shift and click on each roof plane that needs to be modified, 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. It may be beneficial to reset your floor and ceiling heights back to their default values.

    • Select Edit> Reset to Defaults.

    • Click the radio button next to All Floors.

    • Check Floor Heights and Ceiling Heights, and then click OK to reset the floor and ceiling heights for the rooms on all of your floors back to their floor's default values.

  4. 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.

  5. When your structural changes are complete, you can now rebuild your framing and, if necessary, your roof.