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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 and objects available in Home Designer. Soffits, corner boards, quoins, millwork objects, and shapes can all be placed in your plans.
Additional exterior objects can be found in the "Exteriors and Landscaping" and "Millwork" categories located within the 3D Library. Please refer to the "Downloading Library Catalogs" resource in the Related Articles section to learn more.
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.
Angled timber members can also be created in the Home Designer Architectural and Home Designer Pro products by using a sloped soffit.
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 corner of a structure in any view.
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.
Quoins can also be placed by selecting Build> Trim> Quoins and clicking on the corner of a structure in any view.
Home Designer Architectural and Home Designer Pro also have the ability to place corner boards and quoins automatically using the Auto Place Corner Boards and Auto Place Quoins tools.
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 geometric shapes to further customize the exterior of the structure, access the Library Browser , then expand the Shapes folder to locate a variety of different shapes that can be placed and resized to suit your needs.