Applying Exterior Decorative Details

Reference Number: KB-00902
Last Modified: March 22, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors


I would like to create a Tudorbethan style structure, also know as Mock Tudor or Tudor Revival, in which decorative half-timbering is used on the structure's exterior. How can I create this effect in my Home Designer plan?


Creating exterior decorative timbering such as in a Mock Tudor style house is easy to create using the various tools available in Home Designer. Some tools that you can use to create this type of effect include the following.


For simple vertical or horizontal timber members, consider using the Soffit tool, which can be located under Build> Cabinet> Soffit  and clicking in your plan to place it.

  • After placing the soffit, use the Select Objects tool to select the soffit, and then click the Open Object edit tool to display the Soffit Specification dialog to be able to adjust the Height, Width, Depth as well as the Material applied to the soffit.

  • You may also find it helpful to adjust the size of a soffit in a Camera  view.

  • Once you have one soffit (or a Closed box shape) with the appropriate dimensions, use th e Copy and Paste edit tools to simply make duplicates of the object.

    Starting in Home Designer 8.0, you can select the Sticky edit tool thus allowing you to remain in paste mode to paste multiple copies of the same soffit. 

Angled timber members can also be created in the Home Designer Architectural and Home Designer Pro versions by using a sloped soffit.

  1. To specify a soffit as sloped, use the Select Objects tool to select the soffit, and then click the Open Object edit tool to display the Soffit Specification dialog.

  2. On the General panel, place a checkmark in the Sloped Soffit option and notice how the dialog updates to reflect this change.

    • Width is measured left to right across the soffit.
    • Horizontal Length is measured from back to front in floor plan view. Since the soffit is    sloped, this measurement is not the actual length of the soffit. It    cannot, for example, be used to determine the length of a sloped beam.
    • Height at Back is measured from the finished floor to the lowest point at the back of the soffit.

    • Height at Front is measured from the finished floor to the underside of the soffit at the upper end.

      Note: Both the Height at Back and Height at Front values of a sloped soffit must be defined. 

  3. Click OK to apply these changes.

Also, available in Home Designer Architectural and Home Designer Pro is the option to apply a molding to a soffit in its specification dialog, which allows you to further customize its appearance.


Corner boards can be placed by selecting Build> Trim> Corner Boards  and clicking on the exterior corner of the structure in either 2D floor plan view, or a 3D camera view.

Note: Home Designer Interiors does not have the Trim tools.

Corner boards will extend from the top plate down to   the bottom of the floor platform of the floor on which it is placed. They will  not extend to other floors, so you must add corner   boards to all of  the floors in a building that you want these to be   placed.


Items from the Millwork section of the Library Browser such as corbels, and even fencing panels, can be placed as objects directly    into the plan to add further decorative    touches.


To access the geometric shapes to further customize the exterior of the structure, select View> Library Browser  to display the Library Browser and locate the Shapes folder.

In prior versions you could toggle the library browser by selecting Library> Library Browser from the menu.

Click on the arrow  sign to expand out the Shapes category and see the shapes that can be placed     as objects into the plan, and then resized to suit your needs.