Cathedral, Tray and Coffered Ceiling Design

Cathedral, Tray and Coffered Ceiling Design


In Home Designer, creating different
ceiling styles can be very quick and easy. In this video, I’ll show you how to create
a cathedral ceiling, a tray ceiling, and a coffered ceiling using this
simple plan with a gable roof. Creating a cathedral ceiling
simply involves removing
the ceiling platform from a room. To do this, select a room and open
it for specification by
clicking on the open object button on the edit toolbar.
On the structure panel, uncheck the flat ceiling over this room
checkbox and click OK. When you do this, Home Designer removes a ceiling platform
and draws the ceiling finish on the bottom of the roof planes. If I want
to change the pitch of the ceiling, I need to change the pitch of my roof.
To do this, I can go to the build menu, roof, and click on build roof. I’ll change my pitch from
8 and 12 to 6 and 12. Since they have auto
rebuild roofs checked, the roof will automatically update once
I click OK and since Home Designer puts the ceiling finish on the bottom of the
roof planes, as I adjust my roof pitch, the ceiling will adjust to
match the same pitch as well. You can create a tray ceiling
very simply by using soffits. The soffit tool can be found
under the cabinets’ parent tool. Once you have the soffit tool active, you can move your mouse around to
where you want the soffit to be placed. In this case, I’ll move it against
this wall. Notice as I do this, the little arrow points
away from the wall. This arrow is the face indicator for
this soffit indicating which face is the front face of the soffit. With a
soffit facing the correct direction, I will simply click to place
the soffit in the plan. I can then click on the edit handle in
the middle of each edge of the soffit and drag it out until the
soffit snaps to the wall. I can also grab the edit handle in 3D
views and adjust the depth of the soffit to my desired depth as well. Notice that the soffit takes on the
molding properties for the room once it connects to the wall. Now that I’ve placed one soffit that
is the exact size I want it to be, instead of placing a new
soffit and resizing it, I’ll make a copy of the existing
soffit and move it into a new position. I’ll select the soffit, click on the
copy paste button on the edit toolbar, and then drag a copy from one
side of the room to the other. Notice when I did that, the face indicator is facing into the
wall and not into the room. While, not necessary in this
application of soffits, it’s sometimes necessary
in other situations to have
the soffit facing into the room, so it’s a good practice to have the
soffit front always facing into the room. So, I will use the rotate edit handle to
rotate the soffit front to be facing into the room. I’ll make another copy of the soffit
and click to place it in the plan. I’ll then use the middle edit handles on
the edges to resize the soffit until it snaps to the inside edge of the wall. I’ll use the move edit handle to move it
into position and as I did previously, I’ll make a copy of this soffit, drag
it to the other side of the room, and then rotate it so the
front is facing into the room. Once my soffits are placed,
I can use the material, eye dropper to have the color of my
soffits match the color of my walls. I’ll click on the material eyedropper
in my toolbar and click on the wall to load that material into the material
painter. Once I’ve done that, I’ll change the scope of the material
painter from component mode to room mode. This will make it so all of the drywall
in the room will change all at once instead of having to click
on each soffit individually. Now that I’ve changed the scope, I’ll simply click on one soffit and all
of the soffits will update at the same time. To make a coffered ceiling, I’ll do a similar process as
the tray ceiling. However, instead of editing the
soffit after I’ve placed it, I’ll use my plan defaults to set different
values for my soffits before I place them in the plan. Before
I adjust my defaults, I’ll open the room for specification and
change the ceiling height value to 114 inches. I’ll want to pay special attention to
the finished ceiling value. In this case, it’s 112 and a half inches. We’ll use that value when we’re
setting our soffit defaults. Now that I’ve adjusted the
ceiling height for this room, I’ll go to the wrench icon in my
toolbar to open my default settings. I’ll expand cabinets, select
soffits, and click the edit button. We’re going to use four by four boards
to make our coffers for our ceiling. I’ll set the height to be three and a
half inches and the depth to be three and a half inches. I want to place my soffits right
against the surface of the ceiling, so I’ll change the floor to top value
to 112 and a half inches to match the finished ceiling value of our
room. On the materials panel, I’ll change the material to the same
color as the ceiling in our room. I’ll do a search for color dash white, select it, and click OK. Now that all of my soffit
defaults have been set, I’ll click OK and then I’ll click done. I’ll select my soffit tool and
click to place it in the plan. I’ll click on the middle edit handle, on one of the edges and
drag it out to the wall. I’ll do the same thing
on the opposite edge. Now that I have my soffit running
for the length of the room, I want to place it exactly four feet
from the wall. With the soffit selected, I’ll click on the temporary dimension
running between the wall and the soffit. I’ll change the value to exactly four
feet and press enter on my keyboard. When I do that, the soffit will move
to exactly four feet from the wall. Since I’ve got this soffit
exactly as I want it, just as with the tray ceiling previously, I’ll click on the copy paste button and
drag a copy of this soffit to the other side of the room. Again, using temporary
dimensions with the soffit selected, I’ll click on the number and set it
to exactly four feet from the wall, I’ll then place another soffit
and rotate it 90 degrees. To create the full coffered ceiling, I’ll stretch it out to meet the walls
and then use the temporary dimension to set it to be six feet from the wall. I’ll repeat the copy and drag process. I’ll also set the soffit to
be six feet in from the wall. As you can see, Home Designer has many tools to create
a variety of different ceiling styles.


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