How to Create Custom Backsplashes

How to Create Custom Backsplashes

In this video segment, we’re gonna take a look at how to create
custom backsplashes using Home Designer Architectural and Home Designer Pro. First let’s take a look at how to
create backsplashes using the cabinets themselves. On this wall cabinet,
there’s an option for the backsplash to go to the base
below and as you can see in the 3D view, that generates the backsplash all the
way down to the base cabinet below. You’ll find the same setting
in the base cabinet. Under the backsplash section, there’s a height information,
and you can type in a value in this case. Those are two easy ways
to create a backsplash. I’m going to go ahead and undo that and
I’m also going to delete this cabinet. I want to show you how to use the custom
backsplash tool built into the program. You’ll find this tool underneath your
cabinet tool and there is a custom backsplash tool. When you use
this, you can click on the wall, it will generate the backsplash
using the default material, and this is something you can easily edit. It’s also a smart object in that if you
were to pull it over the top of that window, notice it automatically
cuts out for that window. Let me undo that. I also want to show you how to shape
this backsplash and the easiest way to do that is actually in an elevation view. Let’s switch back over to our floor
plan view. To create an elevation view, you’ll find this tool underneath
your camera tool called Elevation. In Home Designer Pro, you will also
see another tool called Wall Elevation. Both of these tools will work.
The wall elevation will just isolate it. If you happen to have more walls
in the area or different rooms, it will isolate it just to that room. I’m going to use this elevation tool and
I’m just going to click and drag right through the wall area that I’m interested
in. When the elevation generates, you can click on the backsplash
and you can use these diamonds. This is a polyline and you can easily
reshape and resize this backsplash to any shape you want. If you watched
the custom countertop video, this is called a polyline and a
polyline can be edited in many ways. One of the things you can do
is while this edge is selected, notice the edges highlighted
with a red selection color. You can use the curve tool and
that will curve that segment. You can use the same tool and
convert it back to a line. While that edge is still selected,
you’ll find a break tool. You can use this break tool
to click along this segment. It will generate a new intersection
point. Again, with the red area selected, I’ll convert that to an arc.
Select the lower portion, convert it to an arc, and you can use these edit handles and
reshape and resize this in any way that you want. Now the backsplash tool can also be
used in a fashion of just and drag as opposed to clicking on the wall and it
tries to do its best to fill the wall space in. While this click and
drag generates a backsplash, let me use the material eyedropper to
pick up the material from the backsplash over here. I’ll apply it so you can
easily see it. Now in this case, I’m going to go ahead and double click
on this backsplash and set the thickness. Notice that my default material
thickness is it a half inch. I’m going to go ahead and change this
thickness to be three eighths of an inch and then that way I can actually pull
that behind the other back splash, so I’m just going to go
ahead and pull this around, pull it underneath the other back splash,
pull it over to this area, pull it up to the top and notice that
I don’t have to be very careful in that area, although I could shape
it if I wanted to be exact
to get that information. Let’s go back into the camera view and
you can see the effects of this custom backsplash in the 3D
view a little bit better. You can double click and
open up a backsplash. You’ll find a polyline panel that gives
you the area of calculation just like we looked at in the custom countertop. You can use this information to
calculate your materials or your costs. It will also show up
in your materials list. Selected line gives you the length of
the line. Notice that my red selection, the line length is located right here, and then the line style is nothing
more than in your elevation view. You can control the way that looks.
And finally on the structure panel, we already look at the material layers
where you can set the thickness of the backsplash as well as the materials.
You can also click on the help function. This will open up the help file
directly into the backsplash area, and you can read more about the
components that make up the backsplash.

One Comments

  • Steve Tucker

    June 10, 2019

    Good video – so much easier to digest than text writeups! There’s an article I wrote that’s pretty relevant: Full disclosure; I work for the company hosting it, however I think it’s useful here, so with your permission I’d like to share!
    Feel free to remove this comment if you feel it’s not appropriate 🙂


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