Quick Start Demonstration in Home Designer 2020
Quick Start Demonstration in Home Designer 2020


Hello and welcome to the Home Designer
2020 Quick Start Demonstration. My name is Kendra and
I’ll be presenting today. We do have three Different Home
Designer software programs. I will be designing in Home Designer
Professional for today’s demonstration. And just so you guys are aware,
you can rent that software monthly. We also offer Home Designer
Architectural and Home Designer Suite. So as we go throughout
today’s demonstration, I will do my best to point out the
features that are specific to the Home Designer Professional version. So in the demonstration we’ll begin by
designing the floor plan and adjusting dimensions. We’ll then cover adding in different
floors and the foundation options, and add in a roof.
We’ll go over the stairs tools, and we’ll do some kitchen design. We’ll
touch on the electrical and the framing. We’ll show you some landscaping features,
we’ll cover the materialist, and then we’ll finish it
off with the layout sheet. So let’s go ahead and get started. I’m going to launch my Home
Designer Professional software. And this is my startup options dialogue.
So from here you can open a new plan. You can also browse through your
documents to open an existing plan. Off to the right, you’ll notice
there’s some getting started resources. These will take you over to our website
if you’d like to review any training videos or download catalogs
from the 3D library online. And then we also have this
announcement section here. So I’m going to come over under my recent
files and I’m just going to open up this template plan that I have
created for Home Designer 2020. So this is the user
interface of the software. If you look across the top of your screen, this is where you’re going to
find all of your tools. Um, we also have these parent tool
icons here and if you select this, there is a um, child tool pallet off to the left here.
Um, and then we do have a
library browser as well. This should automatically come up on
the right hand side of your screen. But if you don’t see that, you can come to the top of your
screen here and select view, and then just select library
browser and that will display. And here you can expand these folders
to find a specific library item, or you can do a search in
the search bar at the top. I’m going to go ahead and close out of
this for now and I’m going to grab this straight exterior wall tool here and I’m
going to begin drawing out my layout. So I’m just going to click and drag to
start drawing out a wall section here and notice that I’m getting that
temporary dimension that’s displaying. I’m not going to worry too much about the
dimensions right now because I’ll come back in later and clean those
up with my dimension tools. Um, but for now I’m just getting the
basic shape of my layout here. And watch as I align these
walls off to the left… I’m getting that indication
that they’re aligned, so then I can just connect those. And then I get this automatic
exterior dimension that displays. If you don’t see that, you can come up to the top of your screen
here under your dimension tools and just select auto exterior dimension.
Um, but it should display by default.
Now, let’s go ahead and take a look
at this in a 3D camera view. So at the top of my screen here,
I have my camera parent tool, if I select that I can come over here
to the child toolbar pallet off to the left. And then for your preferences
for your Home Designer software, you can also select to have
this drop-down option here. And you’ll find your preferences if
you just go to edit and then down to preferences. Um, but
under my camera tools, I’m going to grab this dollhouse
view and you can see how this room is generating in 3D. Now notice that I’m
getting this stucco wall type here. So that is defined in my defaults.
So if I come up here to edit, I can come down to default settings and
this’ll bring up my default settings options. I’m going to come down to walls and just
select this exterior wall and hit edit. And this is going to bring
up my exterior wall defaults. So here I can review the
thickness of the wall, I can make adjustments to the structure,
the roof and the foundation. Um, and then I’m going to show
you guys wall types here. Right now I’m using this Siding-6 wall
type and Home Designer will come with a list of predefined wall types
that you can select from. And this list may be different depending
on which version of the software you have. And then with Home Designer
Architectural and Professional, you can define and make adjustments to
your wall type and create custom wall types. So I’ll just show you
that dialogue really quickly. This will list out each individual
layer of the wall and you can adjust the material as well as the
thickness of that layer. So I’ll go ahead and exit out of that,
and the defaults as well, hit done. And I do want to show you guys how you
can navigate this view a little bit. So up at the top of your screen here you
have this mouse orbit camera tool and then you have some additional
navigation options there as well. So with that mouse orbit camera tool, I can just click and drag my mouse around. I can also zoom in and out with my cursor,
or if I hold that scroll bar down, I can pan around in my view. And another trick that I like to do while
I’m designing is tile my views side by side. So there’s a few
different ways you can do that. If you come up to window at
the top of your screen here, you have further control
over your window display, um, and you can either tile your
windows horizontally or vertically. What I like to do is simply grab this
tab here and pull it off to the side and then I’ll get that blue
indicator and I can let go. And then I can work in these views
side by side here. Okay, great. So the next thing I want to do is
come in and adjust the dimensions. Um, so before I begin with the dimensions, you’ll notice that I still have my
camera icon following my cursor, which means that tool is selected.
Um, so I’ll need to drop that. And there’s two ways to drop a tool. You can come up to the left
of your screen here and use this select objects tool. Or you can also use the space bar on
your keyboard as a shortcut and that will allow you to freely select objects again.
Now to work with the dimensions, what you’ll want to do is select the
wall that you’d like to move and then select the dimension that
you’d like to adjust. And this is going to bring up an input
dialogue box where you can input the accurate um, dimension. So this
wall is going to be 76 feet. Now Home Designer by default
is going to use inches. So I’ll want to select the foot
icon to be working with feet, and then I’ll hit enter on my keyboard. That will move that wall
to exactly 76 feet wide. I’m going to come around in a
clockwise direction, select a wall, select a dimension, and then input
the accurate dimension there. Great. So that completes the
exterior dimensions here. So I do want to reference these later, but for now I want to turn off the display
of the dimensions just to clean up my view for you guys. So everything in Home Designer software
is assigned to a layer and then you can turn those layers on and off while
you’re working in your plan. Um, so I’m going to come up to
the top of my screen to tools, and then display options. And this is going to bring up my
layer display options dialogue. So I’ll just click in there and
type in a “D” for dimension. This will filter to my dimensions and
I can select my automatic dimension. And then notice that there’s a
check mark here under display. And then if I just remove that check mark, it’s going to turn off the
display in my plan view. And then for Home Designer Professional, you do have some additional tools for
the properties of the selected layer. Um, but we don’t need to get into those
right now. So I’ll just select okay. And notice that that cleans
up those dimensions there. So let’s go ahead and add
in some interior walls now. So I’m going to come back up
to my Wall parent tool here, and you can see that I have got quite
a few different tools to select from: a foundation wall, pony wall and then new with Home Designer
2020 there’s a straight glass wall tool, um, that’s used for
quickly creating a glass shower. And then we have a straight
glass pony wall as well, which can be found in Home
Designer Architectural and
Home Designer Professional version 2020. But I’ll go ahead
and grab that interior wall here. And it works very similar
to the exterior walls, you just click and drag
out a wall segment. And then notice that I’m getting those
temporary dimensions, that display. And then if I select a wall here, I’ll also get a temporary
dimension that comes up. I’m going to come up to
my dimension tools here. I do have an interior dimension
that I’d like to show you guys. So if I select that I can just
click and drag out a segment. And this dimension will locate
the interior surface of the wall, and then in your default settings
for the interior dimension, you can adjust whether it locates
the surface or the framing. So that can be really helpful.
Um, but now I think we kind of understand
the basics of how the wall and the dimensions tools work.
Um, so you can continue this workflow
to complete your floorplan, but to save some time I’m
going to just open up a plan, or an iteration of this plan, that I
have created with the walls completed. Now you’ll notice in this plan that I have
this reference grid that’s displaying, um, and I had that turned
off in my first plan. But if you want to turn that on and off,
you can come up to view, select reference grid here, and you can toggle that
on and off in your plan. If I zoom in here in my dollhouse view, you’ll see that I have this wall here
between my living area and my entryway. And I want that wall to
exist in my plan view. But I just want to toggle
that to invisible. So if I
double click on that wall, under the general panel, you can come down to options and mark that
wall as invisible and select okay. Um, and then new with Home Designer 2020, we just have an invisible wall
toggle on your bottom toolbar. So we haven’t really talked
about the bottom toolbar yet, but that’s just when you have an object
selected that gives you tools to further interact with your selected object. And then I also want to come around here
and show you a room divider tool that we have.
So for my entry way here, I want to make this a separate room
from the rest of my living area, and I’ll show you why room
definition is important in a moment. But for now I’m going to come over to
my wall tools here and I’m going to grab this room divider. And it works
just like the other wall tools, you just click and drag it out.
And then if I select that room, you can see that it’s now it’s own space. And the room type brings with it a lot
of very important information about the floor structure,
how the foundation’s going to build, and the materials for
that room and so forth. So I’m going to come over here and
this is going to be my kitchen area, so I’m just going to click in that space. And what I’m going to do is
double click to open up that room. And this is going to bring up
my room specification dialogue. And right off the bat, if you’re familiar working in our
other Home Designer software programs, you’ll notice that with 2020 there’s
this new story pole preview off to the right over here. I’m going to come over under the general
panel to the room type and I’m going to change this to a kitchen space
and I’ll go ahead and select okay. And notice in my 3D view that the walls
have been adjusted to this white color, um, to reflect the default settings
that I had set up for the kitchen. I’m also going to come over
here to my garage. And again, I’m just going to adjust
this to be a garage here. And then if I come under the structure
panel with Home Designer Professional, you’re going to have some further control
over the structure and I can see that the floor structure is four inches.
And if I hit edit, I can see that it’s using concrete and
that’s because this is a garage space. So when I hit okay, I can see that I now have that
concrete slab under the garage. And then I’m also going to come under
my master bedroom here and I’m going to adjust this to be a master bedroom.
And then under the structure panel, I do want to change the
finished ceiling height here. So I’m just going to highlight that. And notice when I do that in this
story pole preview off to the right. That dimension is now red to indicate
that I have that highlighted. And I’m going to change this
to a custom height of 133 1/8. I’m going to hit tab on my keyboard and
that’ll update my story pole preview, and then I’ll select okay. So that completes the adjustments that
I’d like to make to the interior of the house. But if I come over
here, I do want to add in, um,
some exterior porches. So let’s take a look at an image of the
front of the House again to remind you guys here, and notice that we
have these two front porch areas. So back in the software. So I’m going to come grab the room
divider tool and just draw out some porch areas here and I’ll dimension these.
This one will be 12 feet and this front porch will be 8 feet.
Okay. So then I’m going to come in here and
double click on this room to open it up for specification. I’m going to
adjust the room types to be a porch. Under the structure panel, I do want to come down under ceiling
and uncheck roof over this room. That will also remove the
ceiling over this room. And then with Home Designer Professional
I can make adjustments to the floor structure.
So I’m going to go ahead and select edit. And what I want to do is just increase
the thickness of the slab to account for my terrain.
So I’m going to change that to 24 inches. Select okay. Then I’m going to come over here and
do the same thing in this porch room as well. The thickness of this room will be 20
inches because I will have a sloping terrain that we’ll review later.
All right, and select okay. So that completes the layout of the house. And now I’d like to begin
adding in doors and windows. So I’m going to come over
here to my door parent tool, and you’ll notice that I’ve got
quite a few different door options. And then new with Home Designer
2020 I have this fixed door, barn door and shower door, but I’m just going to grab this hinge
door here and I’m going to zoom in and I’ll place a door in my garage area. And notice as I move my
cursor back and forth, that’s going to adjust the
open and the hinge side here. And then if I select the
door and my bottom toolbar, I also have these toggles to adjust
the open and the hinge side as well. And then if you zoom in,
this door is editable in the
3D view. So if I select it, I have these edit handles that will allow
me to adjust the width and watch as I make this door greater
than 48 inches wide, it automatically turns into a double door. I can also double click on the door
to open it up for specification. So I get this preview
off to the right here, and I can make quite a few adjustments
to this door. So under my general panel, I have this drop-down for the door style
and I have all these different options to choose from. And then I can also browse out to the
library if I want to grab a manufacturer specific door.
Um, and then I can adjust the
size and the position. I’m going to change the width back to 38. If I come over to the left here I
have all these different panels, um, to control my casing, my
lintel, if I want to add lites, if it were like a panel door,
um, I can adjust the hardware. And then with Home Designer Professional, you have further customization
over the framing and so forth. I’m going to go ahead and select okay. And I do want to grab this door here
and just quickly dimension it out and you’ll see that these dimension tools
work very similar to what we used with the walls. Um, so I’ll select the
door, select the dimension, I get that input dialogue, I’m going to make this three foot six
inches from the wall and that will move the door accordingly.
Okay. So I’m going to go ahead and close out
of this overview camera and scroll around here because I want to take a
floor camera in my kitchen space. So I’ll come up here to my camera
tools and select this full camera. And then what you do is you just click
and you drag out in your space here. And I would like to
place a kitchen window. So I’ll come up here to my window tools. And again I have quite a few different
window options: bay, box, bow windows, but then I also have a pass-through,
and a wall niche tool. I’m just going to use a standard window. So I will click to place that in my plan. And then I’m going to double click on
it to open it up for specification. And again, here you’ll have many different
types that you can choose from. And then I do want to adjust the size. So the width is going to be 28 inches
and the height is 52 and then I have all these panels off to the left here
for further customization. Um, so I do want to come down here to the
arch and I’m going to add a broken arch here. And then I’m going to adjust
the height to be six inches. So I’ll hit tab on my keyboard and
then I can see that preview over here. I’ll go ahead and select Okay. Now I
want to make some copies of this window. So with it selected,
in my bottom toolbar, I have this copy and paste in place tool.
So I’ll select that. And that’s going to make
a copy of this window. And then I can click the edit handle
to drag it off to the side here. And then what I’d like to do is grab
that first window and I want to make another copy of it on the other side,
so I have three windows. So I’m going to come down to my bottom
toolbar and I have this copy paste tool. I’m going to select that.
And then when I do, I’ll get the option to reflect about
objects. So I will select that. And then what you need to do is just
bring your cursor over the object that you’d like to reflect the copy about,
single click, and now that third window
is placed accordingly. And this reflect about option is only
available with Home Designer Professional. So if you’re using the
other software programs, you’ll just need to create another
copy and move it into place. Okay. So I think you guys now understand
how the door and window tools work. So I’ll go ahead and close
out of this camera view. Um, and I’m going to close
out of this plan view. And then what I’m going to do is actually
open up another iteration of my plan with the doors and windows placed.
And so I’ll go ahead and select open. And now I’d like to review the
foundation and then add a second story. Um,
so as we’ve been designing, the foundation has been automatically
building just by default. So up here at the top of my screen,
um, I have this floor level. I’m currently on floor level one. I can change the floor reference
and go down to floor zero, which is where my foundation is. And then
if I come up to the top of my screen, I can just do another dollhouse view
here and then see how that foundation is building. And if I want to
make any adjustments to that, I can come up to the top of my screen
to build, and I can come down to floor, and then build foundation. And here I have three primary foundation
types that I can build in Home Designer software.
Um, so I can create walls with footings if
I’d like a crawl space or basement design. Um, I can also build with grade beams
on peers or on a monolithic slab. And then with Home Designer Professional, you have further customization for
the structure of your foundation. But I’ll go ahead and select okay. And now I’d like to move up to the
first floor and I want to build, um, a second story. So I’m
going to come up to build, come down to floor and then build.
This is going to open up a dialogue box, it’s going to ask me if I want to derive
the new second floor from the first floor plan, so matching the layout, or
if I want to make a new blank floor. I’ll go ahead and select to derive it
from the first floor and select okay. And then this is going to bring
up the second floor defaults. So this is where I can make adjustments
to the structure or the ceiling height, and so forth of my second story.
Off to the left, I also have control over the
floor moldings, and the materials. I’m going to go ahead and just select
okay and you can see that this has automatically brought me
up to the second floor. And now I’d like to tile
my views side by side. And in my plan view I’ll move
up to the second story as well. And now I want to use a tool
called the reference floor display. So this is going to allow me to
see the walls on the floor below, on the floor that I’m working on. So I’m going to come up to the top of my
screen to tools and come down to floor referenced display. And here I can
select which floor I’m referencing, but I’m just going to
select reference display. And that will automatically
reference the floor below. And then I don’t want a second story
over my garage or my master bedroom. So what I’m going to do is just take
this first wall here and extend it up to connect to the back of the house. And then I’m going to
bring this wall back, just to have the second story area here.
And then I can go ahead and delete these outlying walls over here. Okay. And
now you can see that roof plane there. This is because my roof is
automatically generating. I will go in later and make
adjustments to the roof, so I’m not going to worry
about that too much. For now what I’d like to do is go ahead
and open up another iteration of the plan that has the walls, and doors and
windows drawn in for the second story, since you guys are already
familiar with those tools. Um, so I’ll just exit out of this plan
and open my second story plan here. Okay, great. So this is
my second story here. You can see that I’ve got a bonus room,
Jack and Jill bathroom and two bedrooms. And now want to create this
loft area here with a staircase. So let me bring up an image of
the staircase for you guys. Okay, so you can see that I’ve got this L-shaped
stairway that connects the first and second floors, um, and it’s open below. And then I’ve got this loft above. So I’m going to go ahead and
get back into the software here. And what I’d like to do is come down to
my first floor and I’m going to grab a full camera and I’m just going to click
and drag towards where I’d like to place the stairway. Then I’m going to go
ahead and tile these views vertically. I’m going to come in my plan view
up here to the top of my screen, to my stair tools. And I’ve got
this draw stairs option. This is um, to create custom stair segments. Um,
then I have a straight stairs tool, this is more so for creating
stairs between short distances. Then there’s a curved option, L-shaped
stair and a U-shaped stair, and ramp. I’m going to grab this auto L-shaped
stair and it’s going to ask me if I want that to go in a clockwise or counter
clockwise direction. Clockwise is fine, so I’ll select okay.
And then watch as I get that preview here, and I bump this staircase
up against the left. It’s going to automatically adjust the
direction there and then I can just click to place that into place in my plan. Now there’s a few adjustments
that I’d like to make. I want to shorten up this stair segment, so it’s just about four
treads on that first section. I want to change the
baluster material to black. And then I’m going to remove
the railing at the wall here. So I’ll come over here and select this
stair segment and then I’m just going to grab this edit handle and pull it in
so there’s about four treads there and you’ll notice that
that automatically updates. And then what I’d like to do is just go
ahead and select this stair segment and double click on it for specification.
And then here under the general panel, this is where you can control your
tread depth and your riser heights. Um, so under advanced options if you select
lock tread depth under your stairs sections over here, that’ll give you
the option to adjust the tread depth. And then same goes for automatic heights.
If you unselect automatic heights, then you can put in some custom values. And then Home Designer Professional
also has this make best fit option. So if that’s highlighted, you can go ahead and just select it and
the software will automatically adjust the riser height and the tread depth
to make the best fit for your stair segments. I’m going to come over here to the railing
panel and under railing at wall I’m going to remove the check mark next to
the left side and then you’ll notice in my preview that that railing
at the wall has now turned off. And then under the materials panel I
do want to grab that baluster color. I can come down to select material and
this is going to open up my library browser and notice that it’s
already filtered down to
the current color that I’m using- this color white. So I can
grab a color from my library here, or if I come up to this
plan materials panel, this is going to list out all of the
materials that are currently being used in my plan and I can come down to this
color black material and apply that by selecting Okay.
Great, so that completes my staircase and I do
want to add a stairwell now to create that loft area. Um, so with that
selected, in my bottom toolbar, I have this auto stairwell tool
that I’ll just simply click. And you’ll notice here that I have that
automatic hole in the ceiling platform that was created for that stairwell. And then there’s also a railing that’s
placed. Um, if I move up a level, I can see that railing placed
on the second floor here. I do want this whole
area to be a loft area. So what I’m going to
do is in my plan view, I’m going to come up to the second story
and I’m going to make adjustments and move this railing over.
So I’ll grab that railing segment, grab this edit handle and just swing
it over and then there’s a diamond edit handled with Home Designer Professional
that will allow me to draw out another segment. And then I can select that
and just bump it into place there. And then if you don’t have that
diamond edit handled tool, um, the railing tools are up here at the top
of your screen and you can just grab a straight railing to draw that out. And then I’m going to delete these
extra railings here from the original stairwell that we no longer need. You can see now that I have this
loft area created for my entryway. All Right,
so that completes the stairway. So I’ll go ahead and close out of that
camera view there and I’ll move back down to the first floor.
And I’d like to begin drawing the roof. So I’m going to go ahead and open
up an image of the roof here. And as you can see,
I’ve got these gable roof planes here. I have this Dutch gable off to
the right and then I’ve got um, some custom porch roof planes as well. So let’s get back into the program
and we’ll start working on that here. So I’m going to take a 3D camera view
and you can see how the roof is building by default. Because remember my auto rebuild
roof option is turned on. So this is just my default
roof out of the box. If I come up here to build,
roof, and then I have the option to build roof.
I also have some different tools here. This is where you’ll find like a skylight
and you’re floating dormers and then there’s some additional tools available
for Home Designer Professional but I’ll select build roof. And if I come over
here down to the roof styles panel, this is a preview of the different
roof types that can be created in Home Designer software.
Um, so I’ll come back up to the roof panel
here and this is where you can control your pitch and your overhang and then
there’s some additional structural controls with Home Designer Professional.
Um, but notice that my auto rebuild
roofs is turned on here. And then I’m going to go ahead and just
select okay and I’d like to make these two gables first. So to do that what I’ll do is select
the wall and then in my bottom toolbar I have this change to gable wall. So you can just select that to quickly
change back and forth between a hip and a gable.
I’ll do that same thing here, and then I’m going to scroll around to
this side of the house and remember that this is that Dutch gable wall here. So to do that I’ll double click on this
wall to open it up for specification. And off to the left I have this roof
panel here and you can see that I’ve got quite a few different roof options. I’m going to select this Dutch gable wall
option and I’m going to adjust the ‘in from baseline’ height to 100,
hit tab on my keyboard. And I’m going to leave the pitch at
just the standard eight inch pitch here, and I’ll select okay and you can see that that
Dutch gable is created. So that’s just an example of some of the
automatic tools that are available in the software. Home Designer Professional
does have some manual tools for um, custom roof planes as well. And I would
like to show you an example of that. So I’ll go ahead and tile my views here
and I’d like to work in my plan view for this. So I’m going to come back
up here to the top of my screen, to my roof parent tool and I’ll
come down to this roof plane option and then I can simply click and drag
out where I’d like the roof plane. And I’m going to get this dialogue
box that’s going to come up here. This is just telling me that my
automatic roofs are turned on. Um, so I’ll need to turn them off in
order to do any custom roof planes. So I’ll select yes to turn them off and
then I’ll click to drop in that roof plane. And this is telling me that the layer
for the roof planes is not displayed. So this is asking me if
I want to turn on the um, roof planes layer and
I’m going to select yes. And I can see that custom
roof plane comes in there. So what I’d like to do is just double
click on that to open it up and I’m going to make some adjustments. So here I
can control the height and the pitch. So what I’d like to do
is change the pitch. I’m going to change that to three inches. And then what I’m going to do is actually
select the lock pitch and this will allow me to change the baseline height. I’m going to Change that to
131″ and I’ll just select okay. And you can see that that updates there.
And then in my plan view, I’m going to adjust the
dimension to be four feet deep. And then I’m going to make it
nine foot two inches wide, um, then I’m going to use this tool
called the center object tool. So with that roof plane selected, in my
bottom toolbar I have this center object. So I’ll select that, and then hover my cursor over that door
and click and then the roof plane will be centered over the door. So now I’d like to add some brackets from
my library to support this roof plane. So I’m going to come up here
to my library parent icon, it looks like three books stacked next
to each other and I’ll select that to open up my library browser. And I’m going to come down here to my
user catalog and I have this quick start webinar folder that I’ll expand.
I want to grab this bracket. And I’m going to grab that
bracket and just place it in my plan view. And then I’m going to
grab the edit handle, which is this triangle handle here and
just rotate that bracket around and then I’ll bump it into place. And then I’m going to double click on
that to open it up because as you could see in the 3D view, it was coming in quite low there and I
want it to come right up to the bottom of that roof plane. So I’m going to change the floor to
top here to be one 25 and hit Tab on my keyboard and select okay.
And I’ll bump that right into place. So then what I’ll do with that selected, I’m just going to again use that copy
reflect about tool that we used in the beginning for the kitchen windows. I’ll reflected about that front
door and my brackets are placed. So I’ll close out of my library browser. I do have that other roof segment that
I want to add off to the right over here above the porch.
But I to save time, I’m just going to go ahead and open
up another iteration of the plan. With that completed.
Hit don’t save. And then I’ll take an overview camera
so you can see what that looks like. So I have that custom roof plane created.
And then I also have these columns. These are just items that I’ve selected
from the library and placed in the plan. So I’m going to go ahead and close out
of this camera view and I am going to take a full camera in the kitchen space. So here’s my kitchen space. Now let me go ahead and open up an image
to show you guys what this is going to look like when we’re
finished. Okay, so here we go. We’re going to be dropping in cabinetry,
um, some appliances and
fixtures from the library. We’ll cover some lighting
tools and electrical. We’ll work with a custom
backsplash and shelving, and then we’ll also be placing in some
soffits to add some custom ceiling design. So let me go ahead and get back into the
software here and I’ll just tile these views like we’ve done.
Zoom in. Okay, great. And I want to go ahead and start with a
base cabinet. So at the top of my screen, I have my cabinet tools here. Um,
I have got a base cabinet, wall, full height and that soffit
tool I was referring to, which we’ll use later for
the ceiling design. Um, and then there’s some additional
tools for shelves, partitions. And then with Home Designer
Architectural and Professional, there’s a custom countertop
and a custom backsplash. But I’m going to grab that base cabinet
tool and I’ll just move my cursor along my wall here. And notice when I get into a corner Home
Designer automatically creates a corner cabinet. Um, so that’s a
nice automatic feature there, but I just want a basic um,
base cabinet. So I’ll click to place that there and
then I can edit the width of this. In my 3D view. Um, I want
that to be 36 inches wide. I can also double click to open it up and
I can make all sorts of adjustments to the cabinet in my dialogue box here. So under the general panel
I can adjust this style. Um, so there’s quite a few
different types to choose from. I can also adjust the size and position. I want to leave it at 36 by 36 and 24.
Um, I have control over the counter
tops, the back splash, a toe kick, and do bear in mind that depending
on which version of the software, some of these dialogues might
look a little different. Home Designer Professional does have more
cabinetry features than the other two software products. I’m going to come under backsplash
and I want to actually remove it. So I’m just going to put a zero in the
height value here and those are the only changes that I want to make
to this particular cabinet. So I’ll go ahead and select OK and I’ll
place in one more base cabinet here. Just click to drop that in my plan.
Double Click to open it up. So I’m going to come in here and adjust
the width to be 15 inches hit Tab on my keyboard. Again, I’m going to remove
the backsplash for this cabinet as well. And then what I’d like to do is I want
to adjust the swing side so this door opens the other way. So what I’ll do is click on that door
panel in the preview and that’s going to bring me over into my
front panel controls. And with that, um, face item selected, I can come down under here to item type
and change that to an auto right. Um, and again this dialogue might look a
little different depending on what program you’re working in.
Um, but those are the only adjustments I’ll
be making to this particular cabinet. If you want to review the other features, you know with Home Designer Professional, there’s control over the box construction.
Um, so with Professional you can specify
if a cabinet is framed or frameless, the overlay and inset and so forth. There’s also panels for
moldings and materials and um, further customization. But I’ll go ahead and select okay for
now and then I’m just going to grab that cabinet and bring it over here to bump
it up to the first cabinet and to save some time I’ve created an Architectural
block of the remaining cabinet items in my library.
So what that is, is an Architectural block is a way to
multiple select objects and group them together. And then save them to your library as
one item that you can then reference in another plan. So if for example,
you have like a custom, um, island or a vanity that you’d like
to use again in a future plan, um, you can group them together
in a block. So to do that, I’ll show you an example real quick.
With this first cabinet selected, I’ll hold down my shift key,
select the other cabinet, and then in my bottom toolbar,
I have this red and blue square, it’s called make Architectural block.
I’ll just select that. That’s going to group
those items together. If I wanted to explode that blog, I can do so with this tool
in the bottom of my screen, I also have this add to library button
that I can select and that’ll pop that into my user library.
For now, I’m going to explode that and I will go
ahead and open up my library browser and I’m going to get into my user catalog
again into that quick start webinar folder I’ve created. And I’m just going
to grab my kitchen cabinets. And this is a larger Architectural blocks. So I’m actually going to place it outside
of my kitchen space and then I will need to rotate it around here. And I’m going to use my
point to point move tool. So this is available with Home Designer
Professional and how it works is, with an item selected
in your bottom toolbar, you have this point to point move tool. So I’ll click on that and I’m going to
click on the corner of my Architectural block here and then I’m going to click
in the corner of my pantry way and that will just move that into place. And if you don’t have the
point to point move tool, I believe it’s only available
with Home Designer Professional, with the other programs you can use
this move edit handle to adjust the placement of that Architectural block.
And then with that in place, I just want to explode that. So we’ll come down to my bottom toolbar
and just hit explode Architectural block. And now you’ll notice that these
are each individual cabinet items. And then if I zoom around here, you can see that my windows are kind
of cutting into my cabinetry there. So I want to center those onto this
cabinet that’s going to hold my sink. Um, so I’m just going to hold
down my shift key to group, select these items and
then I’ll use my um, center object tool to center
them on that base cabinet. Like so. And now I’m going to come over to my
library and I’m going to grab this triple undermount sink and I’m just going to
click to place it in that cabinet there. And then if I zoom around here, you can see that Home
Designer automatically cuts
a hole in the cabinet, um, to place that fixture. And then I also want to um, go ahead and close out
of this camera view here. And I am going to take a um, orthographic camera view now of this wall
over here because I’m going to add in the range and the hood and then
I’m going to do that custom, um, backsplash that you saw there. So I’m going to come up to the top of my
screen and I’m going to grab this wall elevation camera and I’m just going
to click and drag to create that wall elevation. And then I’m going to come over to my
user catalog and grab the this old world range and hood. These items can
be found in the core catalogs. And then I’m just going to click in my
plan view to place that and then I’m going to select that Architectural block
and just explod it so that those are individual items once more. And the next thing I want to
do is add in that backsplash. So I’m going to come up to my cabinet
tools and under my cabinet parent tool I have this custom backsplash tool.
This is available with Home Designer, Architectural and Professional.
If I select that tool, you can click and drag out
a custom backsplash shape. And then if you select that, you’ll notice that there’s some different
edit capabilities just like any other polyline in the software.
So for example, there’s a break line tool that
I can use to add a break, um, to add an extra edit handle and
then I can adjust the shape. I’m going to go ahead and delete that
custom backsplash and select my custom backsplash tool once more. And then I’m going to simply click above
my cabinets and Home Designer is going to automatically place a custom
backsplash behind the cabinets. So if I get back into my floor plan here, I can take a floor camera and we can see what that backsplash looks like. And then I want to go ahead and
add in that wall niche here. So I’m going to come up to my window
tools and come down to the wall niche, and I’m just going to click
to place that on the wall. And then I’m going to double click on
it to open it up for specification. I’m going to leave the width that 32 but
I do want to change the height to be 20 and then I’m going to adjust the floor
to bottom to be 40 and just like I did with my kitchen windows,
I’m going to add an arch. So I’m going to select the broken arch
again and just change that to a six inch height. And one more change I’d like
to make is to the materials. So the backing right now for this wall
niche is using a drywall material. I’m going to hit select material and
I know that I’m looking for a material called parchment. So I’ll just type that into the search
bar and then filter down to the material I’m looking for and select
Okay. Great. So the tile sizing is coming in a
little large here on my um, backing. So what I’d like to do is
adjust the material definition. At the top of my screen I
have this adjusted material
definition tool that looks like a kinda like a rainbow.
If you select that, you can click on the material
you’d like to make adjustments to. And this will give you the material
name, the colors, it’s using, the pattern scaling and so forth. I’d like to come over here to the texture
panel on the left and under the scale I’m going to adjust it to decrease the
size of the texture to reflect a smaller brick size.
And I’m going to change this to 20. And because the retain
aspect ratio is turned on, it’s going to automatically
adjust the y scale as well. Um, and then I’m just going to
go ahead and select okay. And I can see now that that
reflects a smaller brick size. So while we’re talking about materials, I do want to show you guys another
tool that I use quite frequently. I’m going to grab just a base cabinet
and drop that in my plan here to kind of give you guys an example.
Okay. So I’m going to come over here to my
library browser and I’m going to grab a color.
And when I do that, you’ll notice that my cursor adjusts
and I now have this spray can icon following my cursor. And then on my bottom left
toolbar you’ll see that I have um, different components. So this is a material painter and this
is going to allow me to replace like materials either on a component, for an entire objects,
replace all like materials in a room, on the floor or for the plan.
So for this particular cabinet here, if I select to replace all like
materials on the component, you’ll see that that
door panel is adjusted. I’ll also do the toe kick
here just as an example. If I switch over to object
mode and I select the cabinet, it replaces all like
materials on the objects. If I do the room, you’ll notice it replaces all of
that cabinet material in the room. I’ll go ahead and select undo and
I will delete that cabinet there, close out of my library browser.
And what I’d like to do is just load the material from this
wall cabinet or excuse me, this full height cabinet and
apply it to my pantry walls. So at the top of my screen
I can select this material, eyedropper tool and it will
allow me to load that material. Notice I get the spray can
again and then I can apply it, um, to these walls. Right now
remember I’m in the room mode, so I want to make sure to go back to
component, can zoom out and around here, and apply it to each individual
wall in component mode. Um, so that’s just some tools that you
can use for, to adjust your materials. So let’s go ahead and
add in those shelves now. So I’m going to tile my views again,
the plan view here and I’m going to come up to my cabinet tools, grab this shelf and I’m just going
to place that over this base cabinet. And I’m going to double click on
it to open it for specification, the width I’m going to change
to 30 the height to 1.5, I’ll leave the depth at 12. I am an
adjust the floor to bottom to be 83, and then under the materials
panel I’ll select that material. And I’m going to do a
search here for Hickory. And I’m just going to grab
this naughty hickory option. Select Okay,
and okay. So I’ll move that over a little ways
here and then I’m make some copies of it. So in my bottom toolbar, with
Home Designer Professional,
I have this transform, replicate object tool.
I’ll go ahead and select that. And here I can select to make a copy. I’m going to change this and make two
copies and then I can move those copies in the X Delta,
the Y Delta or the Z Delta. So the X Delta is going to be
left and right on your plan view. The Y Delta is up and
down in your plan view. And then the Z Delta is the
height value in your 3D view. So I want to move them down. So I’m
going to do the height value, so Z Delta. And I’m going to move them down so I need to add in a negative and
then I’m going to go 16 inches. Then I’ll select okay. And you can
see those copies come in there. So then I’m just going to hold down my
shift key to select all three of those. And I’m going to use that same copy
paste and then reflect about objects tool and just reflect them
about this range like so. All Right, so that completes
the backsplash and the shelving. I do want to add in the soffit
here for my custom ceiling now, so I’ll grab my soffit tool up here at
the top of my screen and I’ll click to place that. Now I’m leaving
it. I’m letting it overhang
that full high cabinet, a little ways there to account for the um, molding profile at the top.
And I’ll do that on both sides there. You can dimension that out if
you’d like to be more accurate, but I’m just going to go ahead and
drag that out across the top of all my cabinets there. And then I’m going to open this
soffit up for specification. And I’m going to leave the width as it is. I will adjust the height
to be nine inches. And then I’m going to mark to place
this under the ceiling and that will automatically adjust the floor to top
and floor to bottom heights for me. Then I’m going to come over here to the
molding panel and I’m going to select to add a new molding profile, and I’ll browse through my
library to my crown moldings. If I select this folder, I get a preview of all of its
contents off to the right. I’m just going to grab this
CA16 profile and select okay. And then I want to change it to be
three by three inches and select okay, great. So that’s how you
can play soffits. Um, the rest of my custom ceiling design
is done with the same soffit tool. So I’m just going to go ahead and open
up my library browser to where I’ve saved a,
um, Architectural block and I’ll place
that in and move that into place. And then I can just explode that block and I have my ceiling placed. While I’m in my user library, I’m just going to grab my butcher block
island here and I’ll click to place it in my plan and then I’m just going to
select it and center it on this soffit. Then I’ll close out of my library
browser and I’ll pan around here in my 3D camera view. And what I’d like to do next is add
in some lighting and electrical. So I’m going to come up here
to the top of my screen, to my electrical parent tools and you’ll
see that I’ve got quite a few different options here. I’m going to select just a standard can
light and I’ll click to place that in my plan here. And what I’d like to do
is dimension that now. So I’m going to come up to the top
of my screen and grab this end to end dimension. And I’m going to go from the
light to the wall on either side. And I’m just going to select that light, select a dimension and make it five foot, two inches from either wall. Then I can come in here and delete these
dimension lines just by selecting them and hitting delete on my keyboard. I’ll grab that light and I’m going to
use that transform replicate object tool one more time.
So I’ll select to make a copy. I’ll make two copies.
I’m going to move them. First I’ll move them left on my plan view,
so in the x Delta, a negative 64 inches.
Hit okay. With those two copies selected, I’ll hold down my shift key and grab
that original light. Use that transform, replicate object tool once more. I’ll create two more copies of all three
of these lites and move them in the y Delta,
negative 50 inches, and select Okay.
Great. And then I have this extra light that
comes in up here on my ceiling that I don’t need because I have that pendant. So I’ll go ahead and just
delete that can light. And then I’m going to place a few
more can lites above my shelving here. And then also one more above the sink. And notice when I drop that in it is
automatically placed in the soffit. I’m also going to open up my
library and grab a pendant, this glass jar pendant. And I’m just going to place two of these
on either side of the sink as well. Um, I’ll close back out of my library
browser. And if I zoom in here, I want to show you guys
how you can use the um, switches and the connect electrical tools. So I’ll come up to the top of my screen
and grab a switch here and I’m just going to place two switches and then I’m
going to come back up to my electrical tools
and grab this connect electrical. And if I scroll in here, I can select a switch and just click and
drag to connect that to this pendant. And this pendant. And then this other switch I’m going to
connect to the can light over the sink. So that’s how the electrical
works there for the switches. If you wanted to place in outlets,
you have these um, outlet tools here. And then I also had this auto place
outlet option. If I select that, you’ll notice my cursor changes to an
outlet icon and this will allow me to just click in any room and that’s going to
automatically place outlets for that room. Now because this room is
defined as a kitchen space, Home Designer is going to automatically
place the correct number of GfCI outlets in the room.
All Right, so that completes our kitchen
design and the electrical. I’m going to go ahead and close
out of this kitchen camera here and let’s reviewed the framing tools.
Um, so with Home Designer
Suite and Architectural, the framing is automatically
generated and there is this um, framing overview camera that
you can use to see the framing. With Home Designer Professional, if you
come up to build and down to framing, you have all these additional
tools to specify your framing. So if I select build framing, I can select automatically
build floor and ceiling framing, then I have control over the sub-flooring,
um, for each individual floor. I can also select to automatically
build the wall framing, um, and I can control the openings.
Um, and then the roof I could automatically
build the roof framing and so forth. I’m going to go ahead and select, okay.
We’ll take a framing overview camera here and take a look at how
that’s building in 3D. Um, and then if I get in and
select each individual item, those are editable in Home
Designer Professional. And you can also come up to the top of
your screen, if you’re in a plan view, we’ll go ahead and close
out of that elevation, and there’s additional
controls for your joists, your roof framing and then if you wanted
to add any post or beams and so forth. So there’s really a lot of control
for your framing with Home Designer Professional. Not going to get into
this in too much detail right now, we do have additional,
um, training videos on our website that I
definitely recommend checking out for. Now let’s go ahead and dive into
some of the landscaping features. I’m going to go ahead and pull open an
image to remind you guys of what the terrain is going to look like.
Okay, so you can see that we have
a driveway and sidewalk. Um, I’ve created some steps up to the
porches and using a brick, um, material. Have you actually used the soffit tool
over here to create these pillars and this raised garden bed.
Um, and then there’s also some plants
from the library and a backdrop. So I’ll show you a
couple of these features. I’m not going to go into too much
detail. We do have another terrain, um, training webinar that you can
definitely go check out. Um, but let’s just get back into the software
here and I’ll show you a couple things. So if you come up to
the top of your screen, you can come down to terrain and
then create terrain perimeter. And this is going to drop
in a terrain perimeter. Um, this is the boundary line for all of your
terrain items and how they generate in 3D. So let’s go ahead and close out of
that roof view and take just a standard perspective,
full overview here. And we can see that
terrain perimeter there. I’ll tile my views side by side again.
And if I select that, this is editable like any
other polyline-based object. So I can adjust the dimensions,
let’s say 150 feet wide and I can grab that edit
handle and move it into place. And then again there’s some break line
tools and you can adjust the shape. You can also come up here to file and
down to import and then import your own terrain data and a or a gps data file. And if you wanted to add in any
elevation information to your terrain, you can come up to the terrain
and come down to elevation data. And here you can add in
individual elevation points, elevation lines, full
elevation region. Um, there’s also these modifiers if you’d
like to add a raised region or a hill, a flat region and so forth. Then you can also come down here
to a garden bed or a water feature, stepping stones,
roadways and sidewalks. And a lot of these tools work very
similar as far as editing goes. So I’m just going to go
ahead and grab a garden bed. I’ll grab this polyline garden bed and
show you guys how that works in the software.
So I’m going to scroll in over here and I’m just going to draw
out a garden bed in this area. And then I’m going to grab that garden
bed and select this break line tool in my bottom toolbar. I’ll add a break here for an extra
edit handle and then I can select that, drag it across. And if we zoom in here
in my 3D camera view, you can see that garden bed come in there.
I do want to add one more break. And then I’m going to grab this corner
edit handle and just adjust the shape there a little bit. Now if you open
this garden bed up for specification, you can adjust the height
off of the terrain, um, as well as the thickness
of the garden bed. You can also come down here to
this distributed plant panel, and then here you can select a plant
from the library to distribute throughout the garden bed. You can also grab plants from the
library and place them individually. So I’ll go ahead and select
okay here to close out of that. And in Home Designer software,
there’s a plant chooser tool. So if you come up to the top
of your screen to terrain, you can come down here to plant
and then to plant chooser. And then this will allow you to come
in and do a search through all of the plants in the library by the
common name or the scientific name, and then all sorts of other
characteristics of the plant
that you’re looking for. So that’s a great way to filter
through the library for some plants. I’m going to go ahead
and close out of this. And that’s all I’m going to cover
on the terrain. Um, like I said, a lot of the features
will work very similar, but the next thing that I’d like to
cover is going to be the material list in the software. So I’m going to go ahead and
close out of this 3D camera view, and I can come up to the top of my screen
to tools and down some material list. And I’m going to select to
calculate a material for all floors. You can also calculate the materials
in a particular room or in a particular area. And then Home Designer Professional has
some additional tools to manage your material list, but I’ll select
calculate materials for all floors. And this is going to bring up my material
list here and you’ll notice that this is a very comprehensive list of everything
that’s used in the plan here. Um, and then you can also add in your
pricing information. So for example, for this concrete, I can adjust the price to
be like $90 per cubic yard. Hit tab on my keyboard and that’s
going to update my total cost um, throughout the materialist.
With Home Designer Professional, you can come up here to the top of your
screen and specify whether or not you want it to list the linear length, a
cut list, buy list or mixed reporting. Um, and you can also export the
material list. So if you come to file, you can come down to export material list.
Um, all of the programs can export a text
file and then Home Designer Professional can also export to an excel file. So I’m going to go ahead and close
out of this material list here, I don’t need to save it. And I’m
actually going to open up a new plan here called my final plan. And I’ll use this final plan
to create the layout sheet. So we’ll go ahead and close out of
that roof plan. Don’t need to save it. And with Home Designer Professional, you have a separate file type called a
layout sheet where you can send different views from your plan to the layout sheet. So I’m going to go ahead and open one up. Open layout, and then I have this layout template
file that I’m going to go ahead and open and you’ll notice that that
opens as a new tab here. And off to the right there’s all
this text information for your um, title block for your layout. So you can
zoom in here, you can add in a date, you can add in the title of your plan, the designer and so forth.
You can import an image for your logo. There’s really a lot you can do here. You’ll find the text tools
at the top of your screen. If you’d like to add in any custom
text it’s up here to the left. Um, I’m going to go ahead and show you guys
how you can actually get content onto your layout sheets. I’m going to come back into my plan
view and I have these cameras that I’ve saved here, so I’m going to just open up this
elevation camera that I’ve created. And you’ll see that there is some
dimension information off to the left. I’ll show you how you can do that. If you
just come up to the top of your screen, I’ve just used an end
to end dimension here. I’ll select that and I just came from
the roof plane down to the top of the foundation. You can then select that
dimension line and there’s an edit handle. If I zoom in here, and you can pull
it off to the side of your elevation. So that’s how easy it is to add
dimension information to your elevation. And you’ll notice that this elevation
camera does have a rendering technique applied to it. So at the top of my screen
here, I have these rendering techniques. I can select standard, there’s also a vector view,
a glass house, technical illustration and a watercolor.
I’ve used the technical illustration. Um, the physically based rendering technique
is new with Home Designer 2020. This is going to be available in
an interior 3D camera view. Um, so that’s why you’ll
see it grayed out there. But I’m just using a standard
technical illustration here. So to get this elevation
to my layout sheets, I’m going to come up to the top of my
screen and I have this send to lay out option. So if I select that it’s
going to bring up this dialogue, and then I can choose,
um, whether or not I want to send the
entire plan view, the current screen, or the current screen as an image.
If I send it as an image, it’s going to lose its
scaling information. I’m going to go ahead and
select current screen. So just what’s being
displayed in my screen here. And then I’m going to come down to the
scaling and I’m going to adjust it to be one eighth inch equals one foot.
And I’m going to select okay. And then you’ll see this come in
on my layout. I can select that. And this dialogue box is editable and
only what is displayed within the box will display on your layout sheet. And I’m just going to go ahead
and move that elevation up. Um, and then you’ll notice I have further
control in my bottom toolbar to edit this. But I’m going to come back into my plan
view because now I would like to add in this layout here. Um, so one
thing that I do want to do, before I send this view to my layout
is to turn off my camera layers. So I’m going to come up to
my layer display options. Um, if you have Home Designer Professional, there’s this parent tool at the
top of your screen. But if not, you can just go to tools
and then display options. And I’m going to type in C for camera
and then I’m going to filter down to my cameras and turn those off
and then I’ll select okay. All right, now I’m going to go ahead
and select sends to lay out. And again I’ll do the current screen
and I’ll just adjust it to one eighth equals one foot, select Okay.
And again to save some time, I’m just going to come up here
and close out of this layout and I’m going to go ahead and open up
a finished layout file just so you guys can kind of see what that’ll look like.
And there we are. I have the front elevation and then
the first floor layout with dimension information as well as the
second floor layout. Great. So that is a super fast overview of how
the layout sheet works in Home Designer Professional. We do have additional training
resources on our website if you guys are interested, so please jump
over there and check those out. But this does conclude
today’s demonstration. So thank you all so much for attending. We do have a free trial version for
each of our individual products at www.homedesignersoftware.com. We also have a 30 day
satisfaction guarantee on all
new purchases or upgrades. Um,
if you’re an existing customer of ours, make sure to check out our
upgrade discounts. And again, we have hundreds of training videos and
how to articles in our knowledge base to assist you guys with getting started. There’s also that home talk user forum
if you want to interact with other users of Home Designer software.

0 thoughts on “Quick Start Demonstration in Home Designer 2020”

  1. Chief Architect Software says:

    Thank you for watching! How do you use Home Designer software for your DIY projects?

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