Customizing an Accessible Bathroom

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Last Modified: July 23, 2021

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I would like to create an accessible bathroom, with elements such as a countertop without any cabinets below it, and half height walls.  How can I create these in Home Designer?



There are many elements to consider when modeling a bathroom.  For the purposes of this article, we will describe how to create a countertop without cabinetry beneath it, add corbels, and adjust the position of the sink.  We will also look at how to create half walls, also known as partial height walls, for creating an enclosed shower space "room" which allows for adjusting the rooms materials for the shower separate from the rest of the room.


To create a countertop

  1. First, launch Home Designer and choose to Open  the plan in which you want to create the bathroom, or start a New Plan .

  2. Next, select Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet , and click in the drawing area of your plan to place a single Base Cabinet.

    Note: Both Home Designer Architectural, and Home Designer Pro have the Custom Countertop tool, which are drawn and edited just like other closed-polyline based objects, and can be selected and edited independent of the cabinets beneath.

    For more information, you should review the Creating a Custom Shaped Countertop article linked in the Related Articles Section.

  3. Using the Select Objects  tool, click on the Base Cabinet to select it, then select the Open Object  edit tool to display the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.

  4. On the General panel:

    • Change the Special Type drop down to Pen Radius

    • Set the Height to 9"

    • Set the Width to 78"

    • Set the Depth to 24"

    • Set the Floor to Bottom value to 32"

    • Set the Toe Kick Height to 0"

    • You can then click on the drawers and click the delete button to remove them and then click ok.

  5. On the Materials panel, you can change the material for the Countertop and remainder of the cabinet.

  6. Once you have completed making changes, click OK to apply them.

To add corbels

  1. Next, select Library Browser  which allows you to add content to your drawings.

  2. For the purposes of our example, browse to Home Designer Core Catalogs> Architectural> Millwork> Corbels, then select and place two Ogee corbel objects in the drawing area beneath the countertop for support.

    • You can either raise the corbels while in a Camera view, or use the Select Objects  tool to select them and click on the Open Object  edit tool to display the Millwork Specification dialog, which allows you to set the Floor to Bottom value.

    • Choose to add a sink from the Library Browser by navigating to Home Designer Core Catalogs> Architectural> Fixtures> Sinks> Bathroom Sinks

In Home Designer Architectural, and Home Designer Pro, you can adjust the location of a sink after it has been placed by using the Select Objects tool to select the countertop, then click on the Next edit button, or Tab key on your keyboard to select the Sink, and use   its edit handle to adjust its location so that it is off centered.

In the less advanced versions of the software, you can use multiple cabinets to create this same effect.

To create a half wall, or partial height wall

  1. Select Build> Wall> Straight Half Wall  or Curved Half Wall  then click and drag out the half wall(s) in your plan.

    In Home Designer Essentials 10, and all version 9.0 and prior programs, use a standard Railing defined as Solid to create a half, or partial height wall.

  2. Once you have placed a half wall, or solid railing, use the Select Objects  tool to select it, and click on the Open Object  edit tool to display theRailing Specification dialog.

  3. On the Newels/Balusters panel, specify the Railing Height that you want your half wall to be.

  4. On the Materials panel, you can specify the Interior and Exterior surfaces of the half wall, as well as adjust the Rail.


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