Generating Framing in Home Designer Pro

Reference Number: KB-00462
Last Modified: October 13, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional


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

Framing generated in Home Designer Pro


There are some common practices that can be employed when building framing in Home Designer Pro, specifically:

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

To set framing defaults

  1. Select Edit> Default Settings from the menu, select the Framing category, then click Edit.

    Framing category selected in the Default Settings dialog

  2. In the Framing Defaults dialog, visit each panel and specify the spacing, framing member size, framing member type, and other information to your liking, then click OK.

    Note: 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.

  3.  Remaining in the Default Settings, expand Floors and Rooms> Floor Levels, select a floor level, and then click Edit.

  4. On the Structure panel of the Floor Defaults dialog, specify the desired floor and ceiling heights to be used as the default for that floor, then click OK.

    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.

  5. Also located under the Floors and Rooms default category is the Floor/Ceiling Platform option. Click Edit to make any changes to the floor/ceiling finish and structure, as necessary, then click OK.

  6. Edit the Roof defaults to your liking, particularly the options located on the Structure panel, then click OK.

  7. If you need to adjust your wall type framing layers, expand the Walls default category, select a Wall tool, click Edit, then select the Define button located on the Wall Types panel to open the Wall Type Definitions dialog. After making any desired changes, click OK.

    For more information on modifying wall types, please see the appropriate resource located in the Related Articles section below.

  8. Expand the Doors default category, Edit each of the Door tools, and access the Framing panel to modify the associated properties. Perform the same procedure for the Window defaults.

  9. Once all desired changes have been to the defaults, click Done.

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 rebuilt. 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 automatic framing

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

  2. In the Build Framing dialog box, visit each panel and check the appropriate Build box.

    If you would like the framing to always update based upon changes that are made to the plan, check the Automatically Build Framing box instead.

    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 a 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.

To prepare 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.

      Choosing framing elements to delete within the Delete Object dialog

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

  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, 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.

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