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Starting a new plan - drawing the first room Options
#1 Posted : Monday, September 23, 2013 2:55:49 PM
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There are four steps to follow for drawing each room. There are a few exceptions, but best is practise to follow the four steps in order for each. Working through each room in the same order every time will soon become second nature.

It is best practise to complete each room fully before moving on to the next room.

Step 1 - Draw the outline of the room and enter measurements
Step 2 - Name the room
Step 3 - Add Items to the room
Step 4 – Add room descriptions (only if you plan to use our property descriptions)

Step 1 - Draw the outline of the room and enter measurements

Once you have tapped on new plan you will see the following:

The first wall you can see represents any front wall of the property.

Resize this wall as necessary by tapping and dragging the white arrow handle to extend/reduce the length of the wall.

As you drag the arrows a ruler will appear as a guide - you can drag the wall to the exact measurement, or just release to enter the measurement using the keypad that appears in the top right of the screen (note you can also simply type the measurement using your keyboard on Windows).

Note that typing or entering the measurement will then 'lock' the measurement into that wall. The wall can still be moved afterwards if you need to snap it to another wall, but the measurement will remain the one you entered.

To move onto the next wall, drag the blue circle with a plus sign

Proceed as with the first wall.

Drag in the new direction you require - and use the same process as the first wall, either drag to the required size or let go of the handle, and enter the exact measurement. When dragging the handle you can move at any angle necessary.

Once you have added a second wall you will see that the quick room button at the bottom right of the screen has now become an auto-complete button. This now means the software can complete the room as illustrated by the picture on the button.

If the suggestion is correct tap this button; or

If the suggestion is not correct add more walls until you get the correct suggestion.

- If you make a mistake adding a corner it can be deleted by pressing the undo button () on the bottom toolbar.
- If you need to draw off of the visible screen area, tap and drag anywhere on the plan (apart from the handles) to move it to a more convenient position or zoom out.
- Should you need to change the guideline units between metric and imperial this can be done by tapping on the Metres/Feet button on the number pad directly below the number 7.

Once you have drawn a room, you can change the shape of the room using the following tools on the top toolbar. In normal use you should not need to use these shapes, as you will have drawn the room to the correct shape in the first place. However, if you do need to use them they do the following:

Wall Splitter (Keyboard shortcut - X):
To split a wall (for instance to create an L-shaped room), tap the Wall Splitter button so it is highlighted, then tap the wall where you want it to be split. If the splitter is not quite where you want it, you can place your mouse on it and drag it to a new position.

Once you have placed a splitter on a wall, the wall is effectively split in two - you can now drag the two sections of wall independently.

You can also double tap on a wall to add a wall splitter without having to select it first.

Diagonal Wall (Keyboard shortcut - /):
There is also a tool to create a diagonal wall. Once you have tapped on this you can tap on a corner of the room to ‘flatten’ the corner to create the diagonal wall.

Curved Wall (Keyboard shortcut - U):
It is also possible to make a curved wall. Tap on the curved wall symbol and then tap on the corner you want to make a curve.

Alternatively you can tap on the wall you wish to make curved and selecting ‘Make Curve’ from the popup menu.

It is possible to edit the curve by tapping on the curve and selecting ‘Edit Curve’ from the popup menu. This will make handles available to manipulate the wall.

Step 2 - Name the room

It may sound obvious, but if you forget to name the room you will have to go back to it at some stage, so it’s best to do it after shaping the room.

Simply tap where it says ‘Unnamed’ in the room – a screen will open with an alphabetical list room titles to choose from.

Simply select the title you wish to use.

If you need to rename a room simply tap in the room to bring up the room pop-up menu and then tap change under the Title section at the top of the menu.

Step 3 – Add items to the room

Work from left to right along the top toolbar; use the symbols to put doors, windows, stairs, and so on onto the room you have created.

The toolbar shown here is the Estate Agent version, though the Domestic Energy Assessor version is almost the same. A complete list of items on both versions of the toolbar and their keyboard shortcuts (for Windows PCs only) can be found in the PlanUp: Toolbar Reference.

Tap on the item type you want to add. The screen will now show the sub menu with different options to add plus a message about adding items – it will look similar to the below:

As per the message there are three ways to add a symbol:

1. Drag from the toolbar and drop into place, or

Tap to select and then:

2. Single tap to add. Some symbols will add at their normal size, others will automatically fit the wall.

3. Tap and drag. Drag along the wall to the size you want.

Once you have selected the specific item you want to add a yellow banner will give you the specific instructions for that item.

NB: Tapping on the More button () gives options to add a number of additional items. Please see PlanUp: Toolbar Reference for more information.

You will see that once an item has been added to a wall it has small black square boxes, or ‘handles’, attached to it. These allow you to change the size of the item you have placed on the plan by tapping on them and dragging.

In Addition to the square handles, some items will have circular handles which can be used to rotate the items.

Step 4 – Room descriptions

PlanUp automatically builds up a property description as you draw a floor plan. It's your choice whether you wish to use them or not.

This includes rooms, measurements, and basic descriptions of items you add (for example Lounge: 21" x 10". Window to front, fireplace, door to).

In addition to PlanUp creating the basic descriptions, you can add further detail (for example, describe a window as double glazed etc). To do this simply click on a symbol you have added in the room, and you will see a describe option. Tap that to enter the descriptions for that item.

You can also describe the floor, walls, ceiling and other aspects of the room.

Once you have named a room you will see that a box appears in the bottom right corner with the room title and then it will say Description.

NB: Using the DEA version this box will also have the menu to access EPC functionality – the EPC Settings option will be available as soon as the room has been drawn.

Tap on this and a window will popup giving you options of what to describe e.g. floor, walls, ceiling, shape etc. Some room titles will have additional options for descriptions e.g. kitchens will have the option to describe units and appliances as well as the standard options.

Tapping on one of these allows you to choose the description you want to add from a preset list.

Once these 4 steps have been completed, you can create the next room as described in Adding Another Room
Kind regards,
Neil Torr
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#2 Posted : Friday, June 16, 2017 1:02:14 PM
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I am new to this and wondered if I could copy my plan and then delete some rooms? Looking to do an original and proposed plan.


#3 Posted : Friday, June 16, 2017 3:12:18 PM
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Hi Stephen,

You can indeed copy a plan and make changes. Select the plan from the open list you want to copy to get a screen similar to the below:

Tap on copy towards the lower right corner and this will open a whole new copy of the plan without any address information. I would suggest saving this before making any changes and ensuring you save it with an identifiable address so you know which is the original and which is the proposed version.

You can then edit as required without the original being affected.
Kind regards,
Neil Torr
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