Creating Waterfall Countertops


Reference Number: KB-02937
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors


QUESTION

I would like to create a waterfall style countertop what is the easiest way to do this in Home Designer? 



ANSWER

Waterfall countertops with breakfast bar seating can be created using a shelf and partition from the Cabinet tools.

To create the island

  1. From the Menu select Build> Cabinet> Base Cabinet then click one in the plan to place a base cabinet.


  2. With the Select Objects tool select the base cabinet and then click Open Object .


  3. In the Base Cabinet Specification dialog set:



    • The Height to 40 1/2".

    • The Width to 30".

    • The Countertop Thickness to 0".

    • Click OK to accept the changes and close the dialog.


  4. With the cabinet selected, click the Copy/Paste edit tool, then click the Sticky Mode edit tool.


  5. Click 5 times in the plan so that you have a total of 6 cabinets then click the Select Objects  tool.


  6. Arrange the cabinets like so:




  7. Using the Edit handle on the front side of the base cabinet, resize the 3 cabinets on the Breakfast Bar side of the island to be 12" deep



To add the custom countertop

  1. From the Menu select Build> Cabinet> Shelf and then click once in a blank spot on the plan to place a shelf.

    Note: Home Designer Professional and Architectural users can simply select Build> Cabinet> Custom Countertop, then draw a countertop the same size and shape of the counters.


  2. With the Select Objects  tool, select the shelf and then click Open Object .


  3. On the General panel of the Shelf Specification dialog:



    • Set the Height to the thickness of the countertop that is going to be used: 1 1/2". 

    • Set the Width to the total width of the island: 90".

    • Set the Depth to be: 49".

    • Set the Floor to Bottom to the height of the cabinets: 40 1/2".


  4. On the Materials panel, select the desired material for the countertop and then click OK to accept these settings and close the dialog.


  5. With the Shelf selected use the middle edit handle to move the shelf on top of the cabinets.




To create the waterfall panels

  1. Now  select Build> Cabinet> Partition  and click once in a blank spot on the plan to place a partition.


  2. With the Select Objects  tool, select the partition and then click Open Object .


  3. In the Partition Specification dialog:



    • Set the Height to the height of the cabinets plus the thickness of the countertop: 42".

    • Set the Width to the width of the countertop: 1 1/2".

    • Set the Depth to match the countertop: 49".

    • Verify that Floor to Bottom is set to 0.


  4. On the Materials panel, select the same material as was chosen for the countertop and then click OK to accept these settings and close the dialog.


  5. With the Select Objects  tool, select the partition and place it next to the island.




  6. Repeat steps 5-7 to create the waterfall panel on the opposing side.