This tool is for creating railings or fences. Railings and fences can only be placed on the ground or on existing floors, decking, and stairs.
Anatomy of railings and fences:
Railing Posts: The railing posts are the structural support elements of railings. DreamPlan considers the railing rails to be part of the railing posts.
- Rail Height: This is the height of the railing posts. Consult with local building codes on the minimum height of railing in your jurisdiction.
- Post (Width X Depth): This is the width and depth of the railing posts.
- Post Spacing: This is the maximum distance between posts, measured from the center of each post. Rail spacing is variable depending on the length of the span being created. DreamPlan will generate enough posts to cover the span and will not exceed this setting, although a smaller spacing value may be used to evenly space posts.
- Post Style: This is the style that is applied to the railing posts and rail boards.
- Post Color: This is the style that is applied to the railing posts and rail boards.
Railing Infill: The railing infill refers to the design elements between the railing posts and rails.
- Infill Type: The type of infill applied to the railing.
Railing Cap: The railing cap refers to two parts of the railing. First, a decorative cap can be placed on top of railing posts and can be used to contain deck lighting. Second, a board laid horizontally across the railing rails is useful for placing plates, beverages and other items. Both of these are optional.
- Cap Type: This is the style of rail capping for the railing.
- Rail Cap Width: This is the width of the rail cap board.
- Cap Style: This is the style of the post cap (if selected).
Railings can be drawn in several different ways:
- The Ground: Railings can be placed on open ground (terrain). To begin drawing a railing, place the stylus over the desired spot and left-click. Move the stylus to where the railing ends and left-click again. After a railing is complete, a new railing will automatically start from the end of the last railing. To stop drawing the current railing and start a new railing, press the Esc key.
- Floors: Railings can be placed on interior floors in the same way that railings are placed on terrain. The start and end points of the railing must be on the same floor.
- Decking: Railings can be placed on deck flooring in the same way that railings are placed on interior floors. The start and end points of the railing must be on the same deck. In addition, the stylus will automatically snap to corners of the deck.
- Stairs: Railings can be placed on stairs by hovering the mouse over the stairs. The railing will be placed to the side of the stairs which is closer to the mouse.