Discoveries: Columns Spanning Multiple Floors

Every now and then as we work with the tool we discover some neat little tips and tricks or unique ways to do something. I’m going to use this space to make short blogs sharing these thoughts with you.



Creating Columns that span multiple floors

With the recent introduction of holes, you can create interior spaces that can span multiple floors much easier.  The first thing I wanted to recreate was that sense of majestic space you get when you see these floor spanning columns.  It was actually very simple! Let me show you!

Step 1: Floor Height
First thing we are going to do is edit the Floor Height to make the next steps a little easier on us.   HomeByMe’s default Floor Height is 8 feet and 2 7/16 inches, and I normally round it down to 8 feet or 96 inches.

Step 2: Add floors


You’ll need an additional floor or two and that’s as easy to add as two clicks!   On the top right of the screen you’ll see the floor selector, use this UI element to add new floors to your design.

Step 3: Add a hole


Head back to the Built Tab and you’ll find the available hole shapes to insert into your design.  Use the Select a floor widget in this mode to switch to the level you want to create the hole and drag it in!

Step 4: Select a Column


You have two options for creating columns in HomeByMe, The difference in the two are the options.  The column under the Build Tab -> Technical elements allows you to edit the height and radius only.  It’s surface is also segmented into vertical bars, presenting different options to add color to the column than our other choice.

The column under the Furnish Tab – for all rooms -> Free shapes is a free form cylinder.  You can edit the height, width and depths of this cylinder, allowing you to create more interesting shapes or combination of shapes.  It’s surface is one continuous shape, so painting it is a little easier but no vertical patterns like our previous option.

Step 5: Place the column


Once you have selected the type of column that best suits your needs, you’ll need to place it on the LOWEST FLOOR and raise the height through any additional floors above it.  This is very important, as you cannot create a column on the first floor and move it down a to the ground floor.

Step 6: Editing the height


Just a tiny bit of math I promise! Each floor is 96 inches, if I want columns that span 2 floors that is 96 + 96 = 192 inches.   There is a hidden value here, and that is the floor thickness between levels.   For simplicity I’ve rounded this value to 8 inches giving us a total column height of 200 inches.


There you have it!  Go forth and create Athena’s temple!

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