Create a floor plan

Show me an example

On the File menu, point to New, point to Building Plan, and then click Floor Plan.

By default, this drawing type opens a scaled drawing page (scaled drawing page: A drawing page with a drawing scale, such as 1/4" = 1' or 2 cm = 1 m.) in landscape orientation Wide page. You can change these settings at any time.

Create or insert a floor plan by doing one of the following:

ShowCreate a new floor plan

Create the basic exterior wall structure in one of the following ways.

ShowUse room shapes

From Walls, Shell, and Structure, drag one of the room shapes onto the drawing page. Resize the room shape by dragging the control handles Control handle image - yellow diamond and selection handles Selection handle image on individual walls.

ShowUse wall shapes

From Walls, Shell, and Structure, drag Exterior wall shapes onto the drawing page. Resize walls by dragging an endpoint (Begin point image - green square with X inside or End point image, which is plus sign in a green square ). Drag an endpoint (Begin point image - green square with X inside or End point image, which is plus sign in a green square ) of one wall to another wall.

The endpoints turn red when the walls are glued. Intersections between two walls get cleaned up automatically.

 Note   For walls to join properly, Glue to Shape geometry must be selected in the Snap & Glue dialog box.

Create the interior wall structure.

Drag Wall shapes onto the drawing page, positioning them inside the exterior structure. Resize walls by dragging an endpoint (Begin point image - green square with X inside or End point image, which is plus sign in a green square ). Drag an endpoint (Begin point image - green square with X inside or End point image, which is plus sign in a green square ) of one wall to another wall.

The endpoints turn red when the walls are glued. Intersections between two walls get cleaned up automatically.

 Note   For walls to join properly, Glue to Shape geometry must be selected in the Snap & Glue dialog box.

Add other structural elements.

From Walls, Shell, and Structure, drag structural shapes, such as columns, onto the drawing page. From Building Core, drag building core shapes, such as stairs, onto the drawing page. Add doors and windows.

From Walls, Shell and Structure, drag door and window shapes on top of walls.

Doors and windows rotate to align with the wall and glue to the wall. They also acquire the wall's thickness and move with walls when you reposition them.

After you assemble the building shell and wall structure, add electrical symbols and dimension lines.

ShowAdd electrical symbols

From Electrical and Telecom, drag wall switches, outlets, and other wall fixtures onto wall shapes. Release the mouse button when a red square Red box showing glued connection point image appears, indicating that the symbol is glued to the wall. Wall fixtures rotate to align with the wall and glue to the wall.

You can also drag ceiling fixture shapes, such as the Ceiling fan, onto the drawing page.

ShowAdd dimension lines to walls

Right-click a wall, and then click Add a Dimension. Reposition dimension lines and dimension text by dragging a control handle Control handle image - yellow diamond.

 Note   To see a tip about a control handle for a selected shape, pause the pointer over the handle.

If you add a dimension to a wall, you can resize the wall by selecting the dimension shape, typing the dimension you want, and then clicking away from the dimension shape.

ShowInsert a CAD floor plan

On the Insert menu, click CAD Drawing. Under Files of type, select AutoCAD Drawing (*.dwg, *.dxf). Locate the CAD (CAD: Acronym for computer-aided design.) file and click Open. To accept the size and location of the CAD drawing, click OK.

After you have inserted the drawing, you can resize it, change its scale (scale: A measure of the relationship between actual distances and distances represented in a Visio drawing. For example, a floor plan might have a scale of one meter of actual distance to one centimeter in the drawing.), or move it. You can also lock the Microsoft Office Visio layer (layer: A named category of shapes. You can organize shapes in your drawing by assigning them to layers. You can selectively view, edit, print, or lock shapes on layers.) that contains the CAD drawing.

ShowCopy and paste an existing Visio floor plan drawing into a new drawing

Open an existing Microsoft Office Visio drawing. On the File menu, click Page Setup, and then click the Scale tab. Make note of the scale setting in the existing drawing, and then set the scale of your new drawing to match.In the existing drawing, select the shapes you want to use in the new drawing and then, on the Edit menu, click Copy.Switch to the new drawing, and then, on the Edit menu, click Paste.

 Tip   You can lock the existing layers of a drawing so that you do not accidentally change them when you create a new plan on top.

After you create or insert a floor plan, you can modify it by adding or removing walls, doors, and windows, and repositioning structural elements and electrical symbols.

 
 
Applies to:
Visio 2003