Creating a Breezeway

Reference Number: KB-02087
Last Modified: January 17, 2023

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Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or HomeDesigner Suite


I would like to create a covered breezeway between two separate structures in my plan. How can I model this in Home Designer?

A house with a breezeway to an indoor pool room


Creating a breezeway with a roof covering is easy to accomplish in Home Designer by defining a separate room using railings or invisible walls.

To create the breezeway room

  1. First, launch Home Designer and Open the plan in which you want to connect the two structures with a breezeway.

  2. Navigate to the floor that the breezeway room should be created on and Zoom In on this area of the plan.

  3. Next, select Build> Railing and Deck> Straight Deck Railing , then click and drag out the railings to create the area that you want to be covered with a breezeway.

    Two buildings with railings to make a room connecting them

    Use room dividers (Build> Wall> Room Divider) instead of railings if you would like to manually place columns from the Millwork section of the Library Browser to hold up the breezeway area roof.

  4. Once the breezeway room is enclosed, use the Select Objects tool to click inside of the room, then select the Open Object edit tool.

  5. In the Room Specification dialog:

    Room Specification dialog showing the Slab room type and changed room name

    • On the General panel, use the drop-down menu to change the Room Type to Slab.

    • Type in "Breezeway" for the Room Name.

    • On the Structure panel, check the Roof Over This Room setting, uncheck Flat Ceiling Over this Room, and check Use Soffit Surface for Ceiling.

    • Once you have finished making these changes, click OK to apply them and close the dialog.

Once you have the room defined, you are ready to modify the railings so that they are just posts.

To adjust the railings

  1. Using the Select Objects tool, click on one of the deck railings to select it, then click on the Open Object edit button.

  2. In the Railing Specification dialog, switch to the Rail Style panel:

    Railing Specification showing the modifications in the Rail Style panel

    • Change the Railing Type to Open.

    • Under Newels/Posts, select Post to Beam.

    • Uncheck Include Top Rail and Include Bottom Rail

  3. On the Newels/Balusters panel, set the Spacing for the Newels/Posts.

    For the purposes of this example, we will set this to 84".

    Railing Specification showing the Newels/Balusters panel with the Newel Spacing changed to 84 inches

  4. Click OK when you have finished making these changes to apply them and close the dialog.

  5. Repeat this process for the remaining railings in your plan that make up the breezeway.

  6. Finally, take a Camera  view to see the results of your covered breezeway.

    Note: If noticeable wall segments generate above the beams, click to select them and delete them from the plan. Upon doing so, you may be presented with a Question dialog mentioning that the operation modifies one or more automatically generated walls. Click Yes to continue with the operation.

    Camera view showing the breezeway