Restoring a Missing Living Area Label

Reference Number: KB-00390
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials or Home Designer Landscape & Deck


I need to make the Living Area text appear on my plan. What procedure should I use to make the Living Area appear?


The Living Area label displays the area of the floor platform for living areas in a plan. It is found near the bottom center of the plan as soon as a room area is defined by walls and/or railing.

The Living Area displays for an individual building if half or more of that building's area is living area. For example, a living area label would not display for a detached garage that contains a bathroom or small shop.


To restore the Living Area label

  1. From the menu select Tools> Plan Check to display the Plan Check dialog box.

  2. Once this dialog box is open, click the Done button.

  3. The Living Area text should reappear at this time.

    Note: The Living Area Label will also regenerate if room definition is broken and re-established. This can be accomplished by pulling apart walls and snapping them back together.

In Home Designer Pro, if the previous steps do not work, you need to verify that the setting for Show Living Area is enabled.

To check the Plan Defaults

  1. From the menu, select Edit> Default Settings. select Plan from the list and click the Edit button to display the Plan Defaults dialog.

  2. At the bottom of this dialog, check the box that says Show Living Area Label.

  3. Click the OK button and the Living Area on your floor plan should now display.