Adding a House
In Realtime Landscaping
Plus you can design a house that approximates the exterior of your own.
Designing a house in Realtime Landscaping Plus
is a very simple process, and works very differently than typical home design
programs. Houses can be designed from scratch, or a pre-built house can be added
to your landscape using the House Wizard.
To add a house:
1. Click the
Add House button found near the top of the screen under the
the outline of the house by clicking the left mouse button to add points. Press
the Backspace key to remove the last point added, and press the
Esc key to cancel. If you would like to input the distance and angle
manually, place at least one point and then press the Enter key.
finish drawing the house, place the last point on top of the first point.
Alternately, right-click to place the last point; it will automatically connect
to the first point.
The picture below is an example of a simple house being
created in the Top-Down view.
The picture below is the same house viewed during a
Realtime Walkthrough. (Note: The roof is added automatically.)
you want an exact view of your house, use Realtime Landscaping Photo (included)
to create a 2D design over a photograph of your house and surrounding
• It is
easier to add a house in the Top-Down view, but
houses can also be drawn in the Perspective view.
snap-grid makes accurate houses easy to draw; see Snap Settings for details.
Doors, awnings, shutters, and windows can be added to your house from the
appropriate objects under the Building tab. See Adding
a Door and Adding a Window for more
Multiple house objects can be used together to create more complex
houses. For example, two house objects can be overlapped to achieve unique roof
The default roof type is “hip”, but individual roof lines
can be changed to “gable” if needed.
To convert from a hip to gable roof:
Click the Edit Roof Type button found in the properties to enable roof editing
Click the house wall underneath the part of the roof you want to change.
Clicking will toggle between hip and gable styles.
After you are finished editing the roof, click the Edit Roof
Type button to disable roof editing mode.
Below is a picture of a house with two of its rooflines
Designing Multistory Houses
Multistory houses can be created by simply stacking a top
floor over a bottom floor. To do this, create the bottom story as detailed
above, and then use the Add House tool to create the upper story. When
the upper story is complete, increase the Elevation property of the house
until the top story sits on the bottom story. For most multistory houses, it is
best to set the Roof Pitch property of the bottom story to a value
of “0”. This technique was used to design the house in the image below:
Tip: To better understand how to create
multiple story houses in Realtime Landscaping
Plus, use the House Wizard to add a
pre-built multiple story house. Next, click the Ungroup button to break
the house into individual pieces. By moving the pieces you should have a good
idea of how the house was put together.
Designing Roofs with a Single Slope
Roofs with a single sloping surface can be designed, which
are often used when creating sheds, rectangular bay windows, carports, and
To design a roof with a single sloping surface:
Click the house you wish to edit to select it.
Click the Edit Roof Type button found in the properties to enter roof editing
Click each of the house walls below the roof you want to change, except for the
wall that will have the lowest roof edge.
When you are finished, click the Edit Roof Type button again to leave
roof editing mode.
The bay window in the picture below was added as a separate
house object, and the above steps were used to give it a single slanting
A carport can be designed by creating a roof without walls,
which is also useful for creating covered patios, overhangs, and more.
To design a roof without walls:
Click the Add House button and create a house normally.
Move the Wall Height property to 1” or 0”.
Move the Elevation property to the desired roof height.
When placing a house on uneven terrain, you can either
flatten the terrain using an Area Grader, or use the Patio object to create a
level building surface. For more information, see Area Grader and Adding a Patio.
Adding a Door
Adding an Area Grader
Adding a Patio