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I would like to create a custom shaped countertop for a kitchen island. How can I accomplish this?
Creating a Custom Countertop in almost any shape is easy to accomplish in the Home Designer Architectural and Home Designer Pro versions of the software.
Cabinets generate their own countertop as defined in the Cabinet Specification dialog. When a Custom Countertop covers any portion of a base cabinet, it overrides the default countertop. If there are multiple cabinets below, the Custom Countertop uses the specifications for the cabinet with the greatest overall height.
If there is no base cabinet below where you want to place your Custom Countertop, keep in mind that its initial material, height, and thickness are based on the base cabinet defaults, but can also be edited once the Custom Countertop has been created.
If a sink or built-in appliance is added to the cabinet, a hole for the fixture is automatically cut into the Custom Countertop.
Custom Countertops can be drawn in any view except cross section/elevation views, and while they initially are drawn in as a rectangle, they can be edited into almost any shape once placed.
Now that the countertop has been created, it can be selected in 2D and 3D views and edited using the edit handles, the edit toolbar, and their specification dialogs.
To make the Custom Countertop easier to see and to allow for seeing the cabinets below it for more efficient editing, we will apply a Fill to the Custom Countertop.
After we have specified a Fill Style for the Custom Countertop, we are ready to begin editing it. Recall that a Custom Countertop is like other closed polyline based objects, and can be edited in the same fashion.
When you select an object, the edit toolbar displays. By default, it is located at the upper left side of the program window, just above the status bar. The toolbar buttons that display can be used to edit the selected object(s). Which buttons display depends on the type of object selected, the current view, and how you selected the object.
The edit toolbar buttons are the same as the options in the contextual menu when you right-click on an object.
If you are unfamiliar with the functions of these edit handles within your software, select the Help menu button at the top of the program and click on Launch Help.
If you happen to place more breaks than are necessary for your Custom Countertop, you can easily remove them by selecting the diamond edit handle at the break and dragging it over to the next diamond edit handle. Repeat this procedure until you only have the the right number of breaks in your Custom Countertop.
Dimensions can be used to move or reshape Custom Countertops, or they can also be edited via their specification dialogs. See your software's Help menu on the Move Object Using Dimensions tool and the Selected Line/Arc tab for additional information on these processes.
In Home Designer Pro, you can further customize the appearance of your Custom Countertops by applying moldings to create a rounded edge.