Creating an Elevation View of Wall Framing in Home Designer Pro

Reference Number: KB-01188
Last Modified: July 1, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional


I need to create elevation views that show just wall framing. How can I do this?

Elevation of wall framing consisting of wall studs, bottom and top plates, and headers.


This article will walk you through creating elevations of just your wall framing to be used in your layout.

To build wall framing

  1. Navigate to Build> Framing> Build Framing from the menu.

  2. On the Wall panel of the Build Framing dialog that opens, check Build Wall Framing or Automatically Build Wall Framing, then click OK.

    Wall panel of the Build Framing dialog where wall framing can be created

  3. Navigate to 3D> Create Orthographic View> Cross Section/Elevation   and create a section view pointing at the wall you'd like to see.

    The Wall Elevation tool is not recommended for this purpose as the framing components won't be visible beyond the walls surface layer.

    Creating a cross section view of a wall

  4. Once the view has generated, navigate to Tools> Display Options , click the Select All button, then uncheck the Display box.

    Turning the display of all layers off within the Layer Display Options dialog

  5. Staying in the Layer Display Options dialog, locate the Framing, Wall layer, as well as the Framing, Headers layer and check the Display box or place a check in the Disp column for each.

    Setting the Framing, Wall layer to display

  6. This view is now ready to be sent to a layout.

    Elevation view of framing

    Note: Once this view is sent to a layout, you may want to navigate back into the Layer Display Options dialog and turn on the display of layers that you'd like to see when creating new elevation views. 

To use an alternate method

  1. Create a Cross Section/Elevation of the wall you'd like to see wall framing of.

  2. Navigate to Tools> Display Options and place a check in the Display box or Disp column for both the Framing, Wall and Framing, Headers layers.

  3. Use the Delete Surfaces tool and proceed to click on the surfaces you want to hide or delete temporarily.

    It's important to be aware that if the view is refreshed, the surfaces that were once deleted will regenerate.