Placing a Fence on a Terrain Wall

Reference Number: KB-00996
Last Modified: October 4, 2021

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Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or HomeDesigner Suite


I need to place a fence on top of a solid wall on my lot. How can I accomplish this in Home Designer?

Fence on a Terrain Wall


You can easily create a wall with fence panels 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.

  4. On the General panel of the Terrain Path Specification dialog, set the appropriate Terrain to Top and Thickness for the solid section.

    For the purposes of this example, we set the both of these values to 36".

    Setting the Terrain to Top and Thickness values in the Terrain Path Specification dialog

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

    Choosing the Terrain Wall material in 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 and Stone> Stacked Stone.

    • Click OK once your desired material has been selected.

  6. Click OK to close the dialog.

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

To place a fence over the terrain wall

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

  2. Using the Select Objects tool, click on the fence to select it, then use the Move  edit handle to move it so that it is centered within the terrain wall.

    Fence on top of the terrain wall in plan view

    Make sure that the fence is completely contained within the terrain wall. If it touches or extends past any terrain wall edge, the fence will drop down to the terrain rather than staying on top of it.

    If you're having trouble precisely placing the fence, try holding down the Ctrl/Command key on your keyboard while moving the fence to allow for full temporary control.

  3. Now, with the fence still selected, click the Open Object edit button.

  4. On the Rail Style panel of the Fencing Specification dialog, select Panels under the Railing Type/Specify Railing section.

    In Home Designer Pro, place a checkmark in the Step Terrain box under the Build From section.

    In Home Designer Architectural and Home Designer Suite, adjust the Railing Height and Newel Height (see step 6 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 the Type drop-down menu to display the Select Library Object dialog.

    • Navigate to Home Designer Core Catalogs> Architectural> Fences and Railings and choose an appropriate fence style.

    • Click OK once your desired fence style has been selected.

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

  7. Select the Materials panel to choose the appropriate materials for this section of the fence, then click OK to close the dialog.

To place caps on the fence posts

  1. If the Library Browser is not already open, navigate to View> Library Browser .

  2. Browse to Home Designer Core Catalogs> Architectural> Millwork> Finials & 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, then click the Open Object edit button.

  4. On the General panel of the Millwork Specification dialog that displays:

    • set the Floor to Bottom value so that it rests on top of the newel.

    • Make any other appropriate changes to the Width, Height, and Depth.

  5. Select the Materials panel to set the appropriate material to match the newels and terrain wall, then click OK.

  6. Position the cap appropriately over the end newel of the fence railing, then replicate the cap, as needed.

  7. Take a Camera  view to see the results.