Creating a Two Story Entry

Reference Number: KB-00502
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials or Home Designer Landscape & Deck


What is the best way to draw a two-story grand entry, or foyer?


In Home Designer, a two story entry can easily be created using a couple of different techniques. 



To create a two-story covered entry

  1. Open the Home Designer plan in which you would like to create a two-story entry area.

    • In this example, the entry door is located in a shallow bumpout.

  2. Select Build> Wall> Straight Railing  from the menu, then click and drag to enclose a stoop area outside of the front door.

  3. Click the Select Objects  button, then select one of the railings and click the Open Object  edit button.

    • On the General panel of the Railing Specification, check the box beside Invisible and click OK.

    • Repeat this process with the other railings to make them all Invisible.

  4. If you would like a gable roof over your entry, select the front Invisible railing and check the box beside Full Gable Wall on the Roof panel of the Railing Specification dialog.

  5. Click in the room defined by the Invisible railings and click the Open Object  edit button to open the Room Specification dialog.

    • On the General panel, select "Slab" from the Room Type drop-down list.

    • On the Structure panel, increase the Ceiling height. In this example, the same Ceiling height as used by rooms on Floor 2 of the plan is used.

    • Also on the Structure panel, specify a lowered Floor height. In this example, -12" is used.

    • Click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.

  6. Select Build> Roof> Build Roof from the menu and in the Build Roof dialog:

    • Specify the desired Pitch and any other roof characteristics you want.

    • Click OK to close the dialog and generate a roof.

  7. The roof can be supported by columns from the library. Select View> Library Browser from the menu, and type the word 'column' in the Search field.

    In Home Designer 2014 and earlier versions, select Library> Library Browser.

    • You can also browse to a selection of columns in Core Catalogs> Architectural> Millwork.

    • In this example, two Round Columns are used.

  8. Click to place a column near the front corners of the stoop area, then select each of them one at a time and move them into position in the corners.

  9. Select 3D> Create Camera View> Camera , and then click and drag a camera arrow towards the front of your structure to see the results.

  10. Select each of the columns and use their edit handles to increase their height until they meet the roof.


If the roof over your entry area does not appear to merge perfectly with the main roof, try adjusting the Ceiling height of the Slab room slightly and rebuilding the roof.

A different approach to creating a two story space can be applied on the inside of the structure.

To create a two story foyer

  1. Select File> Close to return to floor plan view, then click the Select Objects  button.

  2. Click on the staircase near the entry to select it, then click the Auto Stairwell  edit button.

  3. Go Up One Floor  to the floor above the room with the front door and notice that a Stairwell room has been created over the stairs.

    • Stairwell rooms use the "Open Below" room type and do not have floor platforms.

  4. Select Tools> Reference Floors> Reference Display  from the menu.

    • With the Reference Display turned on, the position of walls on the floor below can be seen.

    • You can control what floor is shown in the Reference Display by selecting Tools> Reference Floors> Change Floor/Reference from the menu.

  5. Select Build> Wall> Interior Wall  from the menu, then click and drag to draw walls to define the upper part of two-story foyer space.

    • Home Designer Landscape and Deck does not have an Interior Wall tool, but you can specify the walls as an interior type on the General panel of the Wall Specification dialog.

  6. If you would like a balcony, draw one or more of the walls defining the foyer area using Railings  rather than Walls.

  7. Walls drawn over other walls shown in the Reference Display will snap into position and be aligned with the reference walls. To confirm that they are aligned:

    • Select each wall on Floor 2 and look for the Align With Wall Below  button on the edit toolbar.

    • If the button is available, click it; if it is not, then the wall is already aligned.

  8. When you are finished, you can select Tools> Reference Floors> Reference Display again to turn the Reference Display off.

  9. Select and resize or delete the railings defining the original Stairwell room, as needed, to define the foyer area that you want to be two stories tall.

  10. Click the Select Objects button, then click in the room defining the foyer area to select it and click the Open Object  edit button.

  11. On the General panel of the Room Specification dialog, select "Open Below" from the Room Type drop-down list and click OK.

  12. Create a Camera  view of the interior to see the results.