This series explores the features of Home Designer Suite. Here you will familiarize yourself with the interface and learn the basics, such as how to place and manipulate objects, creating 2D and 3D views, and drawing and dimensioning walls to define room areas.
An overview of what can be accomplished using Home Designer Suite software
Multiple views can be opened and torn off the main window and placed on multiple monitors.
With multiple windows opened you will have toolbars available in all of your main windows
Learn about the library browser functions, adding new items, searching and viewing library symbols.
Control the displayed layers of your plan to simplify your view.
How to change the angle and position of a camera to get that perfect shot.
The Space Planning Assistant makes it easy to create a preliminary room-by-room design.
Define rooms and specify moldings, ceiling height and other attributes.
The Build New Floor tool makes it easy to add additional levels to your plan.
Stairs are easy with our stair tools: straight and curved stairs, landings, flair and starter treads.
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.
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.
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.
You can use your own photos or captured images as backdrops for your camera views.
Saving cameras allows you to quickly create a set of useful views that you can return to throughout the design process.
Already know the style and materials you will be using for a plan? Create a template!
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.
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.
See a birds-eye framing overview of your entire model, including rafters, studs, plates, headers, sills and cripples.
Put an edge molding around countertops, add crown moldings to the top, even have multiple moldings on a single cabinet.
The Object Eyedropper can be used to take the properties of one object and apply them to another.
If you can't find a symbol in the library, watch this video to learn how to import additional symbols.
Terrain features are useful for creating landscaping details like paths and garden beds.
Terrain walls, curbs and stepping stones follow the slope of your terrain for easy landscaping.
Use the Elevation Data tools to slope your lot.
Import terrain elevation data to quickly create the topography of your site.
Use the Plant Chooser tool to select plants of the right variety and hardiness for your garden beds and landscaping designs.
This video covers single and multiple level decks, as well as using the polygon shaped deck tool.
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 control the display and style of dimensions and labels using Text Styles.
Learn about molding types we can apply to rooms: Base, Chair and Crown. Manage multiple moldings and specifying their height and other settings.
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.
Learn about using the Print and Print Image dialogs to specify page size & scaling.
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.
See how your library browser works when you have multiple main windows open.
Add additional content to your Home Designer library.
Use preset defaults for common architectural themes to get started quickly on your design.
Walk a camera through multiple floors adjusting camera angle, rotation, speed in key areas.
Create corner cabinets, radius ends, peninsula ends, angled front cabinets, and more.
Want to add a personal touch? Add pictures to frames to place in your plan.
Create electrical objects using the Electrical tools or place them from the Library. Specify light sources and connect lights to switches.
Apply materials with the Material Painter, the Material tab of the specification dialogs, and learn how to paint individual walls.
Learn how to draw, modify and move walls, adjust wall type definitions and create pony walls.
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.
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.