In this series we will be exploring Home Designer Architectural; you will learn how to navigate the programs interface, use CAD, text, and dimension tools, draw walls and define rooms, automatically generate roofing, place and modify cabinets, and create terrain and landscaping features.
An overview of what can be accomplished using Home Designer Architectural software
Take time to become familiar with Home Designers Toolbars and Menus, Library browser and much more.
You can use several different tools to zoom in and out in your plan as well as panning your view.
Multiple views can be opened and torn off the main window and placed on multiple monitors.
Learn about the library browser functions, adding new items, searching and viewing library symbols.
See how your library browser works when you have multiple main windows open.
Add additional content to your Home Designer library.
With multiple windows opened you will have toolbars available in all of your main windows
Learn how to modify Home Designer's global settings.
Adjust your default settings first to save time later.
Already know the style and materials you will be using for a plan? Create a template!
Manage your files efficiently so you can find them later.
Perspective and Orthographic views allow for a variety of different render techniques.
Modify camera settings like textures, reflections, shadows using Camera View Options toggles or Camera Defaults.
Copy and Paste cameras, between rooms or even between plans.
How to change the angle and position of a camera to get that perfect shot.
Walk a camera through multiple floors adjusting camera angle, rotation, speed in key areas.
Saving cameras allows you to quickly create a set of useful views that you can return to throughout the design process.
You can use your own photos or captured images as backdrops for your camera views.
Use these settings to customize the look of your physically based render scenes.
You can create 360° panorama camera views of your plan and export them to be viewed on our website.
Control the displayed layers of your plan to simplify your view.
Learn how to draw, modify and move walls, adjust wall type definitions and create pony walls.
Walls can be drawn at any angle using these two techniques.
You can control the thickness and materials that are used in your wall makup
Specify what items dimension lines will locate, the unit of measurement, and font for your dimensions.
Make a complete set of exterior dimension lines for each room with the Automatic Exterior Dimension tool.
Make a set of interior dimensions for a single room or an entire floor.
Learn how to use the Manual, End to end, Interior, Auto Exterior and Tape Measure dimension tools.
Define rooms and specify moldings, ceiling height and other attributes.
The Space Planning Assistant makes it easy to create a preliminary room-by-room design.
How to change a door or window's swing angle, hinge and type.
Use the Wall Niche tool to create a recessed area within a wall.
The Build New Floor tool makes it easy to add additional levels to your plan.
The reference display allows you to see what is on the floor one while working on floor two.
Home Designer makes it easy to model a variety of basement styles.
Easily create a sloped lot for a walkout basement.
Easily adjust the building's height relative to the terrain with the pad elevation setting.
Use the automatic build roof tools to create hip, half-hip, gable, Dutch gable, offset gable or saltbox , shed, gambrel, gull wing, and mansard roof styles.
Place a gable over a door or window without breaking the wall into sections.
Set up your structure to accept a dormer without error.
Build a variety of dormers by modifying these settings.
Automatically generate three different types of roof return: Gable, Hip or Full Returns.
Get just the right ceiling for that grand room by using soffits.
Create a closet with a plant shelf ceiling that is lower in height than the containing room.
Stairs are easy with our stair tools: straight and curved stairs, landings, flair and starter treads.
Straight or curved, following ADA standards or not, Ramps are easy with Home Designer.
See a birds-eye framing overview of your entire model, including rafters, studs, plates, headers, sills and cripples.
Create corner cabinets, radius ends, peninsula ends, angled front cabinets, and more.
Create a countertop of any shape and size.
Create a backsplash using the Cabinet Specification or the Custom Backsplash tool.
Put an edge molding around countertops, add crown moldings to the top, even have multiple moldings on a single cabinet.
Cabinet feet can be placed by raising the cabinet up off the floor and placing cabinet feet symbols from the library
How to find and place items from the Library Browser.
Blinds, curtains and valances help to complete the look of your room.
Want to add a personal touch? Add pictures to frames to place in your plan.
The Object Eyedropper can be used to take the properties of one object and apply them to another.
Group objects together for easier placement and movement.
If you can't find a symbol in the library, watch this video to learn how to import additional symbols.
Creating, modifying and deleting terrain perimeters.
Use the Elevation Data tools to slope your lot.
Terrain walls, curbs and stepping stones follow the slope of your terrain for easy landscaping.
Terrain features are useful for creating landscaping details like paths and garden beds.
Import terrain elevation data to quickly create the topography of your site.
Easily design a sprinkler system with sprinkler lines, splines and heads.
Use the Plant Chooser tool to select plants of the right variety and hardiness for your garden beds and landscaping designs.
Learn how to specify a patio room type and apply materials, thickness to the patio floor, and use the slab tool to create custom steps.
This video covers single and multiple level decks, as well as using the polygon shaped deck tool.
Use the Stair tools or shaped slabs to get the look you want on that deck.
Draw roads, sidewalks, and driveways with Home Designer's Road tools.
Use a picture of your house as a backdrop for your landscaping plan.
Learn how to use the Text, Text with Arrow, and Arrow tools.
Learn how to control the display and style of dimensions and labels using Text Styles.
Use the CAD Tools to add 2D details for your designs.
Use the CAD tools, dimensions, and text to add detail to Cross Section/Elevation views.
Create electrical objects using the Electrical tools or place them from the Library. Specify light sources and connect lights to switches.
Wall coverings can be used in addition to a wall's surface material to create accents like wallpaper borders or wainscoting.
Apply materials with the Material Painter, the Material tab of the specification dialogs, and learn how to paint individual walls.
Use the Color Chooser to create custom materials using colors from your own photos, manufacturer websites, or any window that displays on your computer.
Home Designer comes with over 1500 materials, but if you can't find what you need then you can use your digital photographs to make new texture materials.
Estimate project costs by using the Materials List tools.
Learn about using the Print and Print Image dialogs to specify page size & scaling.
Learn about molding types we can apply to rooms: Base, Chair and Crown. Manage multiple moldings and specifying their height and other settings.
This Kitchen Design webinar will demonstrate how to create a kitchen layout with custom cabinets, appliances, an island, and lighting. We will also use tools to create a custom ceiling, apron sink and floating shelves to finalize the design.
Learn how to create ceiling beams using soffit tools.
This webinar will focus on Home Designer's automatic roof tools, and will go through the basic concepts behind designing a roof in Home Designer Software, and how to create simple roof styles, such as hip, gable, gambrel, and shed roofs.
The Quick Start webinar is a quick and easy way to get started or learn about our software. We will take you through a home design from drawing walls all the way through construction documents. In addition, you will learn about design defaults and more.
This Bathroom Design webinar will focus on creating a bathroom including a custom double vanity and glass shower. We will also demonstrate how to customize lighting, materials, and molding using smart design tools to visualize our project.