Duplicating a Floor Plan on Another Level

Reference Number: KB-00012
Last Modified: March 8, 2018

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I designed a floor plan, complete with fixtures, that must be duplicated on multiple levels of my project. What is the best way to do this?

Duplicating a floor plan to a another floor


In some situations, such as apartments, condominiums, or hotels, the floor plans on multiple floors will be nearly identical. While the Derive new floor plan from the 1st floor plan option will copy the layout of exterior walls, other objects like doors, windows, cabinets and fixtures, will not be duplicated.

It is possible, however, to duplicate all objects on a floor using the Edit Area tool.

To copy a floor plan to another level

  1. Create a new floor by selecting Build> Floor> Build New Floor Build New Floor icon from the menu.

  2. In the New Floor dialog, select Make new blank plan for the 2nd floor.

    New floor dialog

  3. Select Tools> Reference Floors> Down One Floor Down One Floor icon from the menu to move back down to Floor 1.

  4. Select Edit> Edit Area> Edit Area Edit Area icon from the menu and draw an edit area polyline around the entire structure on this floor.

    Drawing an edit area polyline around floor 1

  5. Select Edit> Copy Copy icon from the menu.

  6. Select Tools> Reference Floors> Up One Floor Up One Floor icon from the menu to move up to the next floor.

  7. Select Edit> Paste> Paste Hold Position Paste Hold Position icon from the menu to paste the copied area directly above the original.

Both floors should now look identical.