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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 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.
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.
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.
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.