Placing a Fence on a Terrain Wall

Reference Number: KB-00996
Last Modified: April 7, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite


I need to create a fence that has a solid bottom and fence on the top. How can I accomplish this in Home Designer?


You can easily create a wall with fence panels over it using the Terrain Wall and Fencing tools.


To draw a terrain wall

  1. Launch Home Designer and Open the plan in which you want to create a fence above a solid wall.

  2. Select Terrain> Terrain Wall and Curb> Straight Terrain Wall , then click and drag in a straight line to draw the solid lower section of the wall.

    If the Straight Terrain Wall tool is grayed out, then you may not have a Terrain Perimeter established. To create a terrain perimeter, select the Terrain menu button and choose the Create Terrain Perimeter option. 

  3. Once you have the solid section drawn, use the Select Objects tool to select it, and click the Open Object edit button to display the Terrain Path Specification dialog.

  4. On the General panel, set the appropriate Height for the solid section.

    • For the purposes of this example, we set the Height value at 36".

  5. Next, select the Materials panel, click on the Terrain Path option, and then choose the Select Material button to open the Select Material dialog.

    • Choose an appropriate material for the bottom solid section of this fence.

    • For the purposes of this example, we selected Home Designer Core Catalogs> Materials> Masonry & Stone> Stone> Stacked Stone.

  6. Once you have chosen a material, click OK to close the dialogs and apply your changes.

To place a fence over the terrain wall

Now that we have the first section drawn, we are ready to draw in the fence on top of it.

  1. Select Build> Fencing> Straight Fencing , then click and drag to draw the fence parallel to and near the Terrain Wall.

  2. Click the Select Objects button, then click on the fence to select it and use the edit handles to move it so that it is centered within the Terrain Wall.

    Make sure that the fence is completely contained within the Terrain Wall. If it touches or goes past any terrain wall edge, the fence will drop down to the terrain rather than staying on top of it. If you are having trouble precisely placing the fence, try holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard while moving the fence to allow for full control temporarily

  3. Now, with the fence still selected, click the Open Object edit button to display the Fencing Specification dialog.

  4. On the Rail Style panel, select Panels under the Specify Railing section. Place a checkmark in the Step Terrain box under the Build From section.
    Place a checkmark in the Step Terrain box if in Home Designer Pro.  In Architectural and Suite, use the Railing Height and Newel Height (see below) to raise the fence up above the top of the wall.

  5. On the Newels/Balusters panel, click on the Library button under Panels to the right of Type to display the Select Library Object dialog.

    • Choose an appropriate fence style for the top of this fence, and click OK.

    • For the purposes of this example, we chose the Architectural> Fences & Railings> Decorator> Acapulco fence panel.

  6. When you return to the Newels/Balusters panel of the Fencing Specification dialog, specify the desired Railing Height, Newel Width, Height and Spacing.

  7. Next, select the Materials panel to choose the appropriate materials for this section of the fence, and click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.

To place caps on the fence posts

  1. Select View> Library Browser from the menu to open the Library Browser window if it is not already open.

  2. Next, browse to Home Designer Core Catalogs> Architectural> Millwork> Finials and Caps> Caps, select a Cap symbol, and click in your 2D floor plan view to place it at that location.

  3. Use the Select Objects tool to select the Cap, and click the Open Object tool to display the Millwork Specification dialog.

  4. Set the Floor to Bottom Height value to the appropriate value so that it rests on top of the Newel, and make any appropriate changes to the Height, Width and Depth values.

    • For the purposes of our example, we set the Floor to Bottom value to 72".  In Home Designer Pro, place the cap in place, then lower it to 36".

  5. Select the Materials panel to set the appropriate material to match our Newels and Terrain Wall, then click the OK button to apply these changes.

  6. Position the cap appropriately over the end Newel of the Fence Railing.

  7. Take a Camera view to see the results.