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Topdown design basics


Topdown view-point design systems, also known as overviews and floor plans, are available for all CCDS Visual Image design systems.  As with all CCDS Image Design Systems, the Topdown systems are fast and easy to use and the principles of putting designs together can be mastered very quickly.  They are a wonderful compliment to the picture you have probably already made for your client and complete a presentation.  Here is an example.



There are currently 4 Topdown design systems which are:


            Closet Topdown System

            Garage Topdown System

            Home Office Topdown System

            Pantry Topdown System


The CCDS Topdown Design Systems™ work in exactly the same way as the Visual Elevation systems do.  The images consist of 'boxes' in correct scale sizes with the relevant description printed on them.  There are also blank boxes in all scale sizes for use if you want to add you own description or sizes.  The 'boxes' have a section of wall included at the back of them (a blue band), which makes it a lot quicker to depict small areas as you don't have to lay out walls separately first.  A selection of 'Section Description Boxes' appears below.  They are 'color coded' to each individual design system.



If you are preparing a design for a small area on a single wall, you can just import the 'Section Description Boxes' which have a section of wall illustrated in blue at the back of each image (see: How to import an image).  This is especially useful for designs depicting reach-in closets. (see Closet Design Basics for more information).  For larger areas, however, it is best to lay out the walls first.  Start with the corners and import images of suitable lengths of wall to form the area.  There are screen rulers at the top and side which will help in laying out walls accurately. (See: How to use the scale rulers).  There are several different scale lengths of wall to choose from, depicted both horizontally and vertically.  If you have an area which has angled walls in it, you will need to highlight the wall image, click the 'rotate' icon and rotate the image to the appropriate angle.  (See: How to rotate an image - free rotate)  You will also need to rotate 'section boxes' to mount them onto side and front walls as necessary.  (See: How to rotate an image 90 degrees clockwiseand also see: How to rotate an image 90 degrees counter-clockwise).  These tasks are quickly and easily accomplished by using the image rotation tools.



Once you have the walls in position you can start by laying out the 'Section Description Boxes'.  For Closets and Panties, this task forms the basis of the 

Top-Down design.  For the Garages and Home Offices however, where both upper and lower cabinets may be involved, there are 'Section Description boxes' for both upper and lower cabinets.  When designing for Home Offices especially, and sometimes Garages as well, start with the bases first and drop them into position with the wall section at the back of the box overlaying the walls previously laid out.  Then import any upper sections you may need to depict, again overlaying the blue wall section at the back on top of the previously positioned base unit.  Scale rulers at the top and side of your worksheet will help in positioning all the units accurately.  (See: How to use the scale rulers).  Increasing the magnification also helps in accurate positioning.  (See: How to increase the magnification


Once this is done, you can import any Counter-top or Bench top sections [if relevant] (see: How to import an image) and position them to the front of the bases. Finally, other things like doors, windows or a keyboard tray can be positioned at this stage.  When designing a closet or Pantry, the last items to add will be the 'Accessory Description Strips'.  


That should then complete your Topdown design. 


Refer to the sample Topdown designs included on your design CD (if Topdowns purchased) and you will soon be putting Topdown viewpoint designs together very quickly.