Creating Plan Sets

Reference Number: KB-00485
Last Modified: September 28, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional, Architectural, and Suite covers


When I bought the software, I saw that you can create "Plan Sets." They look really nice, however, I cannot figure out where to find them or how to create them.

Some of our more advanced software programs have additional tools that makes creating plan sets a more efficient process. For example:

Home Designer Pro has the option of creating a single page Layout file for creating more detailed plan sets, which allows you to send view directly to the layout, instead of creating drawing sheets on the plan itself. If you are using the Pro version of the software, review the Layouts chapter of your software's Reference Manual.

Chief Architect, the professional version of the software, will allow you to create layout files with multiple pages, allowing for the most flexibility in creating plan sets, blueprints, and working drawings.


The plan sets on the DVD case are created using several of the tools that are included with the Home Designer software.


Borders  are created by first knowing what paper size you are going to print on,  and the scale at which you wish to print. The plan sets on the box are  printed on legal sized paper which is 8 1/2" x 14".

To create plan set borders

  1. Select File> New Plan to start a new blank plan from the Default Style template.

    Note: If there is already a Terrain Perimeter in the new plan, use the Select Objects tool to select it, then click on the Delete edit tool, or Del key on your keyboard to remove it before proceeding.

  2. Determine the scale you are going to be printing at. You will need  to choose a scale that will allow you to draw the entire plan inside the  boundaries.

    You can select your drawing sheet size and drawing scale by selecting File > Print > Drawing Sheet Setup.

    For the purposes of our example, we will use 1/8 inch = 1 foot, and will be printing on legal 8 1/2" x 14" sized paper.

  3. Select File> Print> Print Preview to see how your views will display within the printable area.

  4. Use the CAD > Draw Box  tool and draw a rectangle on a blank plan that is 68 feet by 112 feet to represents the size of the paper.

    If the Box tool is not available in your version of the software, then you can use the Line CAD tool to create a rectangle instead.

  5. Add boxes and use the other CAD tools, such as the Line tool, to add any other desired CAD elements to the plan sheet that you are creating.

  6. Once you have created the sheet, select File> Save  to it on your computer in an easy to remember location, such as your Documents folder.

    Now, any time you need to use the sheet in the future, you won't have to recreate it from scratch. Instead, you can Open  it, select File> Save As , give it a new name, save it to an easy to find location, and continue modifying it with cameras and text.

Once you have created a copy of your saved plan template that has your border on it, you are ready to customize it for your particular design. You can export views, such as Cross Section/Elevation, Framing Overview, or normal camera views, and then import the images back into your floor plan.


To create camera views

  1. Within the .plan file that has your structure in it, select 3D> Create Camera View and choose to create the appropriate camera view of your building that you want to put on your plan sheet, such as a Full Overview .

  2. Next, select File> Export> Picture command.

  3. Give your file a descriptive name, and Save it to an easy to find location.

  4. Now you can import the camera view back on to your floor plan by selecting File> Import> Picture , and then click to place the view on the plan.  Use its edit handles to position the picture within the page at the location your want it.

    Another handy tip to keep in mind for importing pictures is that you can bring in other images such as company logos, images of structural details, drawing notes, site data, location maps and many other elements in to your design.

  5. Repeat this process for any other Full Camera, Framing Overviews, or Cross Section/Elevation views that you want on your plan set.

Once you have finished adding the CAD and Camera elements to your plan set design, you should be ready to add text to create title blocks  and annotate your views.

To create text

  1. Select CAD> Text> Rich Text .

  2. Type, or Paste, the desired text into the Text Field.

  3. Use the options to change the font, style and size of any portion of the text.

  4. You can also create lines with arrows connecting the text that you create to items in the drawing.