Creating a Transom and Side Lites for a Door


Reference Number: KB-01262
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional

QUESTION

I would like to add a transom and side lites to a door in my plan.  How do I do this?


ANSWER

In Home Designer, a selection of entryways with transoms and side lites can be found in the Library Browser under Home Designer Core Catalogs> Architectural> Doors and Doorways> Entryways.

However, if you do not find a doorway that suits your needs in the library, you can create one yourself using the Door and Window Tools.

To create a door with side lites

  1. Open the Home Designer plan in which you would like to create an doorway with side lites and a transom.

  2. Select Build> Door> Hinged Door  from the menu, then click once on the entry wall to place a door at that location.


  3. Click on the door to select it, then click the Open Object  edit button to open the Door Specification dialog. 

     

    • On the General panel of the Door Specification dialog, specify the Width and Height that you would like your entry door to be.

    • On the Materials panel, specify the materials that you would like this door to display.

    • Make any other changes that you would like, such as Door Style, then click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.


  4. Select Build> Window> Window  and click once on the wall of your entry to create a window at that location.  This window will become a side lite.



  • If you are not able to place the window on the entry wall because the area is too constricted, temporarily move the door to one side.

  • If there is still too little room, place the window in another wall where there is enough room, make the window smaller, then copy and paste it onto the entry wall.


  • Click on this window to select it, then click the Open Object  edit button to open the Window Specification dialog.


  • Make any necessary changes in the Window Specification dialog.

    For this example, set the following:

    • On the General panel, set the Window Type to Fixed Glass, and the Width to 12" and Height to 42", and make sure that the window's Floor to Top height is the same as the door's Height.



    •  On the Casing panel, set the Interior casing Width and Overlap Frame to match the Exterior.



    • On the Sill panel, uncheck Use Exterior Sill and uncheck Use Interior Sill.

    • Make any other necessary changes then click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.


  • Click on the window to select it, then click the Copy/Paste  edit button.  Click once on the other side of the door to place an exact copy of the window at that location.


  • If necessary, click on each window and use the Move edit handle that displays at its center to slide it until it bumps into the door.


  • To see the results so far, select 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Camera  from the menu and click and drag a camera arrow in the direction of the entry door and side lites. 


     

    Using default settings, the window may bump too close to the door and push beyond the door casing.

    If this happens, select Edit> Default Settings, select Window and press Edit. On the General panel, set the Minimum Separation from 2" to 4" and press OK and press Done.

    You may need to pull the window out and bump it back against the door for this to take effect.

     
  • To create a transom

    When a window is placed above one or more windows or doors to form a transom, it's helpful to take advantage of Chief Architect's window levels.

    1. Select Build> Window> Window  and click once on a wall near your entry to create a window at that location.  This window will become the transom and will be moved into position, so its location at this time is not important.


       
    • If there is too little room on the entry wall to place this window, place it  in another wall where there is enough room, edit it as described below, then copy and paste it onto the entry wall.


  • Click on this window to select it, then click the Open Object  edit button to open the Window Specification dialog.


  • In the Window Specification dialog, specify the following:

    • On the General panel, specify the Width, Height, and Floor to Top Height that you would like the transom window to be.

      For this example, set the Window Type to Fixed Glass, Width of 68" and Height of 12", and Floor to Top at 96".



      The exact size and height aren't important now, but you do want this window to be high and narrow enough that it will fit between the ceiling of the room inside the door and the top edge of the door and side lites.
        
    • On the Options panel, specify the Vertical Stacking as 1.

    • On the Sill panel, remove the checkmark from Use Exterior Sill and Use Interior Sill.

    • Click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.


  • Click on the window to select it, then click the Copy/Paste  edit button. 

    • Click to place a copy of this window above the door.



    • With the transom window still selected, click the Center Object  edit button, then click once on the middle of the door to center it on the door.


  • Select 3D> Create Orthographic View> Cross Section/Elevation from the menu, then click and drag a camera arrow directly toward the entryway.


  • Click on the transom window to select it and using the edit handles that display, make any needed adjustments to its size or its position over the door and side lites.

    • If you find you are unable to enlarge the window using the edit handles, you may try temporarily disabling Bumping and Pushing by selecting Edit> Snap Settings> Bumping/Pushing.

    • Make any necessary adjustments to the size and position of your lites and transom window.

    • Once satisfied, close the Cross Section view.


  • Select 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Camera from the menu and click and drag a camera arrow in the direction of the entryway to see the results.


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