Creating a Dog Kennel

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Last Modified: July 23, 2021

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Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or HomeDesigner Suite


I would like to model a dog kennel or dog run.  How can I do that?


Creating an enclosed kennel area, or dog run, is easy to accomplish in Home Designer.


To create a chain link enclosure

  1. Select Build> Railing and Deck> Straight Railing , then click and drag out a basic rectangular enclosed area.

  2. Use the Select Objects tool to select the enclosed room created by the railings, and click on the Open Object edit tool to display the Room Specification dialog.

  3. On the General panel, use the drop down menu to change the Room Type to Slab, which will create a concrete floor.

  4. On the Structure panel, uncheck Ceiling Over this Room.


    • In the Ceiling Finish (J) value box, insert a value of 0".

    • Specify an appropriate Ceiling (B) Height. For the purposes of this example, we chose a value of 105".

    • You can also remove the checkmark next to Roof Over this Room if you prefer to not have a roof on the kennel.

  5. Click OK to apply these changes and close the Room Specification dialog.

  6. Next, select Build> Roof> Build Roof to display the Build Roof dialog, set a Pitch of 1/4", and click OK.

    • On the Materials panel, you can change each roof component to your desired material. 

  7. Use the Select Objects tool to select one of the railings, and click on the Open Object edit tool to display the Railing Specification dialog.

  8. On the General panel of the Railing Specification dialog, decrease the Thickness to 2".

  9. On the Rail Style panel, change the Railing Type to Panels.

    • Uncheck the Raise Bottom Rail/Panel option if enabled. 

  10. Set the Railing Height and Newel Height so that they will meet the roof generated above it.

    • For the purposes of this example, we set the Railing Height to 108" and the Newel Height to 112".

    Note: In Home Designer Suite, Architectural, and Pro, Railing Height and Newel Height can be changed on the Newels/Balusters panel.

  11. On the Materials panel, select Panel and then click Select Material to open the Select Material dialog.

  12. From the Wire and Lattice Materials bonus catalog, select the Chain Link material and click OK.

    Note: If you have not downloaded and imported the Wire and Lattice Materials catalog, click here to download the catalog. For steps to import this catalog in to Home Designer, please see the related article section at the bottom of this page .

  13. Once you have completed making changes in this dialog, click OK to apply them and close the dialog, then follow the same procedure for the remaining railings.


To place and create a door

  1. Select Build> Door> Hinged Door  and click at the location on the Railing that you want this to be placed.

  2. Use the Select Objects  tool to select the door, and click on the Open Object  edit tool to display the Door Specification dialog.

  3. On the General panel, change the Door Style to Glass using the drop down menu, and set the Door Type to Hinged.

    • Placing a Hinged Door into a railing will automatically convert it to a doorway thus we must manually make this change. 

    • Set the appropriate Width, Height, and Thickness values for your door. 

    • Set the Panel Frame Width and Bottom to 2".

  4. Choose the Casing panel and uncheck the check boxes for both the Interior and Exterior casing.

  5. Next, on the Hardware panel, set the appropriate handle, lock, and hinges, if necessary.

  6. On the Materials panel, set the Door Glass to the same Chain Link material that was used for the railing panels. 

  7. Once you have finished making these changes, click OK to apply them and close the dialog.

  8. Take a Camera  view to see the results. 

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