Creating a Framing Cut/Buy List


Reference Number: KB-00182
Last Modified: August 23, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or HomeDesigner Suite



QUESTION

I want to see a list of the materials in my plan but the materials list shows my framing materials in lineal feet. Is there a way to create a cut or buy list of the lumber used in my plan?


ANSWER

The Structural Member Reporting dialog allows you to specify the method used to calculate framing members in the Materials List. These modes 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.


To modify the structural member reporting

  1. While in a plan file, select Edit> Default Settings from the menu.


  2. In the Default Settings dialog, select Structural Member Reporting, then click the Edit button.


  3. In the Structural Member Reporting dialog, you can choose which kind of reporting you wish to use.

    The selected method will affect subsequently created Materials Lists, but not any that may already exist.

    Structural Member Reporting dialog

    • Select Buy List to calculate the framing materials by counting individual pieces and matching them to common board lengths.

    • Select Cut List to calculate the framing materials by counting the individual pieces present in the model.

    • Select Mixed Reporting to calculate framing materials using a combination of lineal lengths and piece counts.

    • Select Linear Length to calculate framing materials in linear feet.


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.

Lumber Reporting Method Control drop-down


Starting in Home Designer Pro 2022, 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.

Options panel of the Materials List Specification dialog