Changing Wall Heights


Reference Number: KB-02969
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 or Home Designer Essentials


QUESTION

How can I change the height of walls in my plan?


ANSWER

There are several different methods for adjusting the height of walls in your plan, depending on what it is that you want to achieve.


In this article, you will learn about:

  • Setting the default Ceiling Height
  • Changing the height of all walls in a single room
  • Changing the height of a single wall to create a half wall
  • Creating a room, such as a closet or shower, with shorter walls that the rest of the room


There is a Floor Defaults dialog for each floor in a plan, and ideally the defaults for Floor 1 should be set before you start drawing. The defaults for the current floor can be accessed and modified by following the steps below.



To set the default Ceiling Height

  1. With Floor 1 active in your 2D plan view, select Edit> Default Settings , click on the word Floor to highlight it, then click on the Edit button.


  2. In the Floor 1 Defaults dialog:



  • Under Relative Heights, set the Finished Ceiling height value of the tallest standard room in your plan.

    If you have a loft or grand entry area, you will use an Open Below room to create this instead of a raised ceiling. To learn more, see the Related Articles section below.

    For the purposes of this example, set the Finished Ceiling (F) value to 107 5/8.

  • Click OK.


  • Once you have set your default Finished Ceiling Height for Floor 1, you can always modify an individual room's Ceiling Height in its Room Specification dialog to be a different value.



  • To change the height of all walls in a room

    1. Using the Select Objects  tool, click inside of the room you want to have a different value than the Floor Defaults value, and click on the Open Object  edit button to display its Specification dialog.


    2. On the Structure panel of the Room Specification dialog:



    • Set the Finished Ceiling height value, and notice that the checkmark in the Default box to the right automatically unchecks to reflect that this value is no longer set to the default.
      For the purposes of this example, we will set the Finished Ceiling value of the Bath to 96 7/8".

    • Click OK to apply this change.


  • Repeat this process for any other remaining rooms in your plan that need to be set to a lowered ceiling height.

    A more detailed description of this dialog and settings can be located in the "Controlling Floor and Ceiling Heights" article linked in the Related Articles section below.

  • To change the height of a single wall

    1. If you have already drawn these walls using the Wall tool, delete them and instead use Build> Wall> Straight Half Wall , then click and drag to create new half walls at the appropriate locations.

      In Home Designer Essentials, which does not have the Half Wall tool, instead use Build> Railing> Straight Railing .


    2. Select one of the newly created Half Walls, and click on the Open Object  edit button to display its Specification dialog.


    3. On the Newels/Balusters panel, set the Railing Height.



      For the purposes of this example, where we are creating a tub deck around a bathtub, we will use a value of 22".

      In Home Designer Essentials, the Railing Height is set on the Rail Style panel, where you will also need to set the Railing Type to Solid to create a half wall in this version.


    4. Go to the Materials panel to set the materials for the Interior Wall Surface, Exterior Wall Surface, and top Rail, then click OK to apply the changes.


    5. Repeat this process to any other Half Walls in the plan.



      For this example, we will include the half wall railings that are using Panels, specified on the Rail Style panel, with a Glass Panel, specified on the Newels/Balusters panel, for shower walls.  These will have the Railing Height is set to 84".


    6. To learn more about creating half walls, see the "Creating a Half Height Wall" Knowledge Base article in the Related Articles section below.


    To create a room with a shorter ceiling

    1. As covered in the last section, you will want to create the walls making up this closet using the Half Wall  tool, and set their Railing Height appropriately.

      For the purposes of this closet example, the Railing Height is set to 84".


    2. Next, select Build> Cabinet> Shelf  and click in the closet to place a shelf, which will become the closet ceiling, and reposition the shelf so that it sits inside of the interior walls of the closet


    3. Using the Select Objects  tool, select the newly placed shelf and click on the Open Object  edit tool to display the Shelf Specification dialog.

      On the Materials panel, set the Shelf to have the appropriate material for the ceiling of the closet room.

      On the General panel:



    • Set the Height, Width, Depth and Floor to Bottom values.
      For the purposes of this example, the Height is set to 3/4", the Width to 55 1/16", the Depth to 31 7/16" and the Floor to Bottom value is set to 83 1/4".

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


  • Next, select Build> Door> Doorway , then click to place the door in to the railing.  Next, select the doorway and click on the Open Object  edit tool to display its Specification dialog.



    On the General panel:

    • Change the Door Style to Louvered.

    • Set the Door Type to Bifold.

    • Set the Width and Height.
      Notice that there will be a gap above the door 

    • If needed, adjust the Panel Frame Options for Width and Bottom.

    • Click OK to apply the changes and close the dialog


  • To fill in the gap above the door, select Build> Cabinet> Soffit , and click in front of the door to place a soffit at that location.  



    Next, hold down the Control key on your keyboard to allow for unrestricted movement, then use the center edit handle to move the Soffit in to place above the door, and finally use the edit handles to resize it to the width of the closet, as shown in the image above.


  • Next, open the Soffit Specification dialog:

    • On the Materials panel, set the Soffit to match that of your interior walls which make up the closet space.

    • On the General panel, set the Height and Floor to Bottom values.

    • Click OK to apply the changes.


  • Finally, take a Full Camera  view to verify the results.



    To learn more, see "Creating a Plant Shelf Closet" in the Related Articles section below.

  • Home Designer Pro also allows you to manually adjust wall heights in camera views, such as to create a stepped foundation with pony walls. To learn more, see "Creating a Stepped Foundation" in the Related Articles section below.