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I want to see a list of the materials in my plan but the materials list shows my framing materials in lineal length. Is there a way to create a cut or buy list of the lumber used in my plan?
In Home Designer 2024 and newer versions, the Materials List Defaults dialog allows you to specify the method used to calculate framing members in a Materials List. In Home Designer 2023 and prior versions, this can be changed by accessing the Structural Member Reporting dialog instead. The different methods include Mixed Reporting, Total Lineal Length, Cut List, and Buy List.
In Home Designer Pro, you can also change the reporting method using the Lumber Reporting Method Control drop-down toolbar when a Materials List is active, or by accessing the Materials List Specification dialog.
When a Materials List is active in Home Designer Pro, use the Lumber Reporting Method Control drop-down toolbar to choose which reporting method the Materials List uses.
The reporting method used can also be adjusted on the Options panel of the Materials List Specification dialog. This dialog can be accessed by navigating to Tools> Materials List Specification while a Materials List is active.