The reason why we love finding new ways to use familiar tools is simple: making the most of powerful features is what sets great designs apart. And time-saving shortcuts are an easy way to take advantage of the most powerful tools and features in your own designs.
Haven't used many shortcuts before? Read on! We’re sharing a few quick ways that the new tools in the recently updated Walls, Fences and Railings Stage will help you add stunning details to your projects.
Here are three ways you can use the new tools:
Create Hardscape Accent Bands
When you want to add decorative accents and borders to hardscapes, including outdoor kitchens and driveways, you can now add those accent bands in the Walls, Fences and Railings Stage. A single rail can be moved and modified to create the look you want.
- Select Fence > Fence Style Parallel > Turn Off everything except 1 Rail > Auto Elevation Off > Move the Rail into Place
- Change the height and width of the rail to create just what you need
- Tip: Use copy/paste to add multiple bands, which you can then set to the correct elevation
Create Swim Lanes
A single rail is also a great way to create straight tile swim lanes. Because the rail will automatically follow the slope of the pool, it takes just one step to create perfect, parallel lanes.
- Select Fence > Fence Style Parallel > Turn Off everything except 1 Rail > Auto Elevation On
Create Curved Ledges and Step Trim
With the wall tool, curved ledges and step trim are easy to add. Just outline your ledge or step with the Outline Tool.
- Select Wall > Set Wall Height, Thickness and Pillars to 1 inch > Set Pillar Spacing to 10 feet
- For a thicker trim, set the wall thickness and pillar width to a larger size
- Note: If the wall doesn't display sharp arcs, we use the line tool instead
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