Restoring the Living Area Label

Reference Number: KB-00285
Last Modified: March 9, 2022

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


The label that displays my Living Area has disappeared. How can I restore its display?


If the Living Area label has disappeared or was deleted, it can be regenerated by accessing the General Plan Defaults or by performing a Plan Check.

To display the Living Area label

  1. Select Edit> Default Settings  from the menu.  

  2. In the Default Settings dialog, select Plan from the list, then click Edit.  

  3. In the General Plan Defaults dialog that displays, place a check in the box beside Show Living Area Label.

    Show Living Area Label checkbox is checked.

  4. Click OK and Done to confirm the changes and close the dialogs.

If the Living Area label still does not display after enabling the setting above, please try the following:

  • Select Tools> Checks> Plan Check  from the menu. In the Plan Check dialog, click the Done button. When the dialog closes, check to see if the Living Area label displays.

  • Next, ensure that the "Room Labels" layer is displayed in the Layer Display Options  dialog. This is the default layer for the Living Area label. You will also want to make sure that the Text Style assigned to this layer has a Character Height value large enough to be visible in the floor plan.

  • If the Living Area label still doesn't appear, click on an exterior wall within a floor plan view, and use one of the resize edit handles at either end of the wall to detach it from one of the other exterior walls that it's connected to. By opening the enclosed room area, the living area calculation will be forced to update. Navigate to Build> Floor> Rebuild Walls/Floors/Ceilings . Reconnect the walls to restore the enclosed room area, then navigate to Build> Floor> Rebuild Walls/Floors/Ceilings once again.

  • You can use one of the Text  tools to place a text object, then insert the Living Area (%living.area%) macro.

If you continue to have trouble with populating the Living Area label, please provide a copy of the .plan file to our Technical Support department using the Technical Support Center.