Duplicating a Floor Plan on Another Level

Reference Number: KB-00012
Last Modified: July 15, 2021

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?


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, then click OK.

    Choose the Make new blank plan for the 2nd floor option in the New Floor dialog

  3. In the Floor Defaults dialog that displays next, specify your desired floor and ceiling settings, then click OK to create a new blank floor level.

  4. Select Tools> Floor/Reference Display> Down One Floor Down One Floor icon to move back down to Floor 1.

  5. Select Edit> Edit Area> Edit Area Edit Area icon, and draw an edit area polyline around the entire structure on this floor.

    Drawing an edit area polyline around floor 1

  6. Select Edit> Copy Copy icon .

  7. Select Tools> Floors/Reference Display> Up One Floor Up One Floor icon to move up to the next floor.

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

    Note: You may receive a message stating "The default floor/ceiling elevation of the new room(s) is different from the default floor/ceiling elevation of the old room (s)." Click OK to proceed.

Both floors should now look identical.