Custom Deck Railings (Creating various types)


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Hello HomeTalk Community! I am the owner/ operator of a custom deck building co. in Northern Colorado. I need to be able to customize deck railing styles to show clients and potential clients various railing options. I've pretty much exhausted my YouTube searches as well as calling the company for assistance...They suggested I reach out to you all for help...HELP!!!:D Is Home Designer Pro the best option for me for this scenario. I love the program otherwise...It is a joy to work with! Anyway...Thanks HomeTalk Community for any help you might be able to glean onto me. Respectfully...

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*** I see you mentioned Pro ***

 

Answers often depend on which title (Suite, Pro etc) and version (2018, 2019 etc) you are using.

 

You can help everyone by adding that info to your signature (see below for how to turn them on) by clicking on your user name at the top right of the page, click Account Settings, then Signature on the left.

 

Doing so makes it always available, and keeps others from having to hunt for it.

 

And, turn on signature display too.

 

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Resources for self help:

 

The built in Help System (always a good place to start)

 

 

 

 
Home Designer - Getting Started - Setting Preferences and Defaults
 
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Even Chief Premier falls way short when doing decks and deck railings, but it's much better than any of the Home Designer products.

 

Could you post pictures of the railings you wish to show?

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If you are using the program for a business, and you wish to use one of the Home Designer products, then you should purchase Home Designer Pro.


There are lots of auto-build possibilities for railings, but some designs might need to be created from scratch (piece by piece).


You need to download the trial version of Pro, to see for yourself what it offers, and if you like it.


Should you decide you would like to upgrade (after purchasing  Pro) to Chief Premier, Chief Architect offers a substantial discount.

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1 minute ago, bhisgen said:

But I have attached 5 .jpg's to my message

 

Only when you look at your original post.

 

Always best to say when you modify it so others are aware.

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One of the biggest shortcomings is no support for face mounted components. 

 

There are ways around this, but they are a pain. This is well discussed on ChiefTalk. Feel free to browse over there, but please remember, that's the forum for Chief Interiors and Premier users, not Home Designer.

 

Here is one to get you started -- don't know of it applies to Pro as well.

 

https://chieftalk.chiefarchitect.com/topic/19447-video-lesson-face-mounted-deck-railnewels/?do=findComment&comment=159349

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Yes, Eric...Thanks. I had already found that video that you had attached. This seems to be a real detriment to this product. I love this product and don't want to have to switch to something else. Seems like it'd be a cinch for such an awesome group of developers. 

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HD Pro 2021 offers some customizable rails where you can adjust thickness and width. Nothing with a radius though. I can't remember if that was available in 2020 or not. Might be an upgrade that could work for you. Like Jo_Ann said, download the trial and see if that's different.

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I didn't realize the pics you posted were the problem railings, so I set out on a mission to recreate the rail in the 1st pic.  I think it's pretty close.  The objects used are color coded.


I drew a rail.  Unchecked upper rail and lower rail; set newels to 0" width; set balusters to .75".
Upper and lower rails are replaced with soffits.  Top horizontal rail is a soffit; arched top is a cylinder shape.
Post is a box shape.  Bottom post trim is 2 soffits; top of post is a millwork cap.
The decorative trim on the post (where the rails join onto) is a profiled cabinet drawer from the library.

 

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