Creating a Screen Porch

Reference Number: KB-00748
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


I would like to add a screened-in porch to my plan.  How can I do this?


Screened panels can be created by applying a custom material to the glass in a window and then using copies of this window to form a porch.

To create a screen porch

  1. Select Build> Window> Window  and place a window into one of the walls of your porch.

  2. Select 3D> Create Camera View> Elevation  and take an elevation of the screen porch wall. If you have Home Designer Interiors, you can use the Full Camera  tool instead.

  3. In the new camera view, select your window and using the move handles:

    • Adjust the top height of the window to match the top of your wall

    • Adjust the bottom height of the window to the height where you want the bottom of your screen to start.

    • When you are satisfied with the appearance of the window, select File> Close View to close the camera view and return to floor plan view. 

  4. In floor plan view click on your window to select it and click the Open Object  edit button.

  5. In the Window Specification dialog:

    • On the General panel, change the Window Type to Fixed Glass.

    • Go to the Lites panel and make sure Lites Across and Lites Vertical both equal 1.

    • Go to the Materials panel, select Glass and click the Select Materials button.

    • In the Select Material dialog, navigate to to Materials> Fabric & Wall Coverings> Sheers & Shades> Screen> Screen, and then click OK. 

      Click OK in the Window Specification dialog to close this dialog and apply your changes.

  6. To create a second screen panel, click on the window to select it, then click the Copy/Paste  edit button and click once on an empty area of a wall to create a copy of this customized window.

  7. In either floor plan view or a 3D view, use the edit handles to adjust your windows' sizes as needed.

  8. To join or mull two screen windows in a corner, select one of the windows:

    • Hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard or if you are working on a Mac computer hold down the Command key

    • While holding down the Ctrl/Command key, move the window as into the corner of the porch as far as it will go.

    • Repeat this for the other window and in 2D view it should look like the windows are joined. 

  9. Use the Full Camera  tools to view your screen porch.