Creating a Built-in Barbecue

Reference Number: KB-02693
Last Modified: July 16, 2015


The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite


How can I create a built-in barbecue in Home Designer?



You can use Home Designer to create a great backyard barbecue.

Start by opening a brand new plan using the Default Template


To set plan defaults

  1. From the menu, select Edit> Default Settings , to display the Defaults dialog.

  2. Navigate to Cabinets> Base Cabinet, then click the Edit button

  3.  On the General panel Set the Overhang to 0".


  4. On the Materials panel navigate to Base Cabinet> Cabinet, then click on Library Material to browse for a new material. We used stacked stone.

  5. On the Materials panel, navigate to Base Cabinet> Countertop, then click on Library Material to browse for a new material. For this example, we used Buff-Stone.

  6. Once the defaults have been set, click OK to close the defaults dialog, and then click Done.

To place the cabinets for the barbecue

  1. Next use the cabinet tool to place your cabinets by selecting Build> Cabinets> Base Cabinet  and click in the plan to place the cabinets

  2. Some cabinets are a different width than other cabinets. To change the width, select the cabinet, click on the Open Object  edit button to open the cabinet for specification and increase the width on the General panel.

  3. Here is a picture of how the cabinets were placed in this plan



To modify the cabinets

  1. Select one of the cabinets and click on Open Object  to display the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.

  2. Select the Front panel, click on the drawer in the cabinet preview on the right.


    • Click the Delete button to remove the drawer.

    • Repeat the process for the door on the cabinet

    • Once the door and drawer have been removed from the cabinet, click on the open area and change the Item Type from Opening to Blank Area.


To place the barbecue

  1. Select Library> Library Browser , then find the barbecue grill in the library by doing a search for BBQ.

    In this example the BBQ (built-in, gas) was used.

  2. Once you have found the barbecue, select it and then click on the cabinet to place it in the plan 

  3. Now you are ready to continue customizing your barbeque area using additional cabinetry and items from the Library Browser.