Creating a Plot Plan in Home Designer Pro

Reference Number: KB-00576
Last Modified: July 20, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional


I would like to know how to create a plot plan in Home Designer Pro. How is this accomplished?


Once you have created a floor plan, you are probably ready to create your plot plan. Use the following procedure to learn how to create a basic plot plan, then take what you learn and apply it to your own design.

To begin creating a plot plan

  1. Launch Home Designer Pro, and select File> New Plan .

  2. Next, select CAD> Lines> North Pointer , then click and drag a North Arrow straight up in your floor plan view.

  3. Next, select CAD> Points> Place Point , and click one time to place a point to the lower left as a start point for the property line.

    A North Pointer and an X showing the starting point

    The entire property line may be relocated later, so don't worry about exactness at this time.

  4. Once the point is on the screen (it should look like an x), select CAD> Lines> Input Line  to display the New CAD Line dialog.

  5. Click on the Number Style... button to display the Dialog Number/Angle Style dialog, and make the following changes:

    Dialog Number/Angle Style dialog showing Decimal Feet and Quadrant Bearing selected

    Note: These settings only apply to numbers displayed in the specification dialogs and status bar. They do NOT apply to objects that display in plan and other view windows.

    • Under Number Style, move the radio button to Decimal Feet.

    • Under Angle Style, move the radio button to Quadrant Bearing.

    • Click OK to return to the New CAD Line dialog.

  6. In the End Point section of the dialog, make the following selections:

    New CAD Line dialog with Relative to Start Point and Polar selected

    • Click the radio button beside Relative to Start Point.

    • Place a check in the box beside Polar.

  7. Next, using the numbers that follow, enter the information to define the property line. 
    Press the Next button to stay in the dialog to enter the next value.
    Distance = 122.21', Angle = N82° 49'E
    Distance = 98.75', Angle = N2° 17'W
    Distance = 143.56', Angle = N87° 47'W
    Distance = 122.33', Angle = S12° 20'E

    The above coordinates serve as an example only. Use these coordinates to learn how to create a plot plan. Once you understand the process, you can substitute in your own coordinates.

  8. Press OK after entering in the last value to close the dialog and return to floor plan view, where we can see the polyline we created. If you have too many segments, you can use the Simplify Polyline Simplify Polyline edit tool tool to remove extraneous breaks.

    North Pointer, starting Point and four lines that make up the plot plan

  9. Next, use the Select Objects  tool to select the polyline you created, and click on the Open Object  tool to display the Polyline Specification dialog.

  10. Go to the Line Style panel, and in the lower right of the dialog in the Display Options category, check the boxes beside Show Length and Show Angle then click the OK button to return to your floor plan view.

    Polyline Specification dialog with Show Length and Show Angle both selected

Note that it defaults to having lengths of inches and angles in regular degrees. Most property lines are shown in bearings and decimal feet.

To change the display to decimal feet and bearings

  1. Select Edit> Default Settings .

  2. Expand the CAD category, select General CAD, and click on the Edit button.

  3. In the CAD Defaults dialog:

    CAD Defaults dialog with Quadrant Bearing and Decimal Feet selected

    • Under Display Line Angle as, select Quadrant Bearing.

    • Under Display Line Length as, move the radio button to Decimal Feet.

    • Click OK to apply the change and close the CAD Defaults dialog.

  4. Click Done to close the Default Settings dialog.

  5. To increase the size of the Length and Angle displayed on your Plot Plan polyline, select Edit > Default Settings .

  6. Under Text, Callouts and Markers, select Text Styles and then click the Edit button.

  7. Select Default Text Style and then click Copy. Choose a descriptive name for the new text style. In this example, the Plot Plan Text Style is used, then click OK.

  8. Choose a higher value for the Character Height, In this example, we will use 5", and then click OKclick OK again, and then click Done to close the Default Settings Dialog.

  9.  Next, select Tools> Display Options .

  10. Navigate down to the CAD, Default layer, click to highlight its name, and use the Text Style drop down menu to select the Plot Plan Text Style that we created and click OK.

    Layer Display Options dialog with Plot Plan Text Style set for the Text Style

    Now the property line should display properly.

    Plot Plan showing length and angles for each of the four lines

    If you want to add details such as the property offset, now is the time to make these changes.

To create setback lines

  1. Select Edit> Preferences  and under the Edit category, select Behaviors.

  2. Under Edit Type, move the radio button to Concentric, and in the Jump field, type in the setback distance required by your local planning department, such as 10'.

    Preferences dialog - Behaviors panel - Concentric Edit Type and Jump value of 10 feet selected

  3. Click OK to close the Preferences dialog and return to floor plan view.

  4. Using the Select Objects  tool, click the plot plan polyline to select it, then click the Copy/Paste  edit button.

  5. Place your cursor over a corner edit handle, click and drag towards the center of the polyline until a copy of the polyline appears inside.

    Copy of polyline dragged toward center from corner

  6. Select the inner polyline and click the Open Object  edit button to open the Polyline Specification dialog.

  7. On the Line Style panel, select a dashed line style from the drop-down list, then uncheck Show Length and Show Angle, and click OK.

  8. When you have finished creating your concentric copy, select Edit> Edit Behaviors> Default  to restore the default edit behavior.

  9. Finally, select CAD> Points> Delete Temporary Points to remove the point that we started our plot plan polyline from.

    Plot Plan showing length and angle of each line with setback shown as dotted line ten feet inside of perimeter