Restoring a Missing Living Area Label

Reference Number: KB-00390
Last Modified: May 10, 2019

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


The Living Area label is no longer appearing on my plan. What procedure should I use to make the Living Area reappear?


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 railings.

Living Area label displaying on a floor plan

The Living Area displays for an individual building if half or more of that building's area is defined as 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> Checks> Plan Check  to display the Plan Check dialog box.

    In certain products, navigate to Tools> Plan Check instead.

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

    Click Done in the Plan Check dialog

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

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

If the label still does not appear, it's possible that it's not set to display. To verify if the label is turned on or off, please follow the step below. 

To check the display of the Living Area label

  1. From the menu, navigate to Edit> Default Settings , select Plan from the list and click Edit.

    Select Plan, then click Edit in the Default Settings dialog to open the Plan Defaults

  2. In the General Plan Defaults dialog that displays, check the Show Living Area Label box and click OK.

    Check Show Living Area Label in the General Plan Defaults dialog

  3. The Living Area label should now appear on your floor plan.