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How do I pull a specific section of a overall house plan, such as a kitchen, and develop a new sheet specifically for the kitchen? Thanks.

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I'd like an easy way to do this as well. Simply selecting only what is within the selection. Walls, for example, would be cut at the selection and not extend past.

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Pro only has one layer/layout sheet available so the way to do it , I think would be to copy/paste ,using the edit Area tool , into a new plan and do it there , or do a " SAVE AS"  such as    XXXX Residence_Kitchen.plan     and delete the areas you don't need/want and send to Layout from there. You can use this method to do As_Builts,Demo,Proposed etc versions of the plans too.

 

If you just want to print the Kitchen , just zoom in on it and the Print the current view , not the entire plan.

 

M.

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Mick comes through again -- Edit Area does exactly what I want.

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How do I pull a specific section of a overall house plan, such as a kitchen, and develop a new sheet specifically for the kitchen?

In order to answer your question I would need to know exactly what software you are using.

Home Designer Pro is designed to do professional grade, scaled planned sheets, other titles can also produce scaled plan and other views (each title has a Reference Manual that tells you how to get these jobs done in each title and version).

 

Basically you use the tools you have to do this, more specific advice can be offered once we know what you are using.

 

DJP

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Thanks Solver ......

 

I admittedly don't know what Chiefhal has but the "SaveAs" method should work in all versions , but I have no knowledge on whether other titles have Edit>Area like Pro does.

 

M.

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You use a layout sheet (file) to format and layout your plan views. Each layout sheet should be set up to emulate a particular printed paper sheet.

You then send views to that sheet to communicate the part of your project you are highlighting. Views sent to an open layout file can be placed there at scales of your choice showing as much or as little as you wish to emphasize what you are communicating.

 

You use the "Send to Layout" dialog to set the scale taking into consideration how much of the printed sheet such views will require.

 

Each layout file can then represent a printed sheet of plans so you have as many layout files as you have intended printed sheets.

 

Those are the basics, the particulars are all very well described in your Help Files and reference Manual (found under the "Help" menu.

 

DJP 

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David's video is a good reference to look at particularly if you have never used  Layout Sheets before . Layouts are  a HD Pro only feature though, so those of you with other titles have to use what HD calls Plan sheets , see this Tutorial : http://www.homedesignersoftware.com/support/article/KB-00485/192/Home-Designer/Layouts/Creating-Plan-Sheets.html

 

 

The reason I suggested using Edit>Area  and pasting into a new Plan is that HD Pro only allows ONE layout sheet to be associated with a .Plan file at any one time....( not a limitation in Chief Premier)    ie as David also mentioned , it will only auto-update the CURRENT Layout file  if / as you make changes . Once you have a Layout File associated with the Plan (save it in the same folder as the Plan) , Pro will auto open the same File each time , so if you have already sent the Site plan. floor plan , 4 elevations etc to that one page, it  is gonna be pretty full already,so if you want to start sending things like just the Kitchen or Bathroom to layouts too you need to get creative. Most Construction Docs (CDs) these days are 12-15 pages long with the required pages for Permitting , so you need to use multiple versions of your Plan if you want Auto Updating Layouts associated with them. 

 

You can of course make your CD's  one Layout page at a time , but if you make changes you have to got back to each layout sheet and make manual updates, so your file management skills will need to be able to keep up. Having multiple Plans also has it pitfalls ,so you need to separate Areas or Floors etc and only update things in the Correct plan, IF you need Layout Sheets?

 

it is probably best to leave the Layouts to the end of you planning process ,so you are done Drawing more or less , until then you can print to scale etc at any time from most Views so you don't need to send to Layout early in the "Design Phase" usually and may find you Don't need Layouts at all.

 

David may have more advise about how to handle this too ? not sure if newer versions have different features or not?

 

 

Mick.

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