Restoring the Living Area Label

Reference Number: KB-00285
Last Modified: February 6, 2019

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?


There are two reasons why the Living Area label in a plan might not display. The first reason is that the label exists but is turned off; the second reason is that the label was deleted.

To display the Living Area label

  1. Select Edit> Default Settings  from the menu to open the Default Settings dialog.  

  2. Select Plan from the list and click the Edit button to open the General Plan Defaults dialog.  

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

    Show Living Area Label checkbox is checked.

  4. Click the OK button to close the dialog and apply your change.  

If the Living Area Label still does not display, it may have been deleted. If this is the case, it can be restored in one of two ways.

To restore the Living Area label

  • The first method is to select Tools> Checks> Plan Check  from the menu. In the Plan Check dialog click the Next button repeatedly or click the Done button. When the dialog closes, the Living Area label will display again.  

If the Living Area label still does not display, try the method listed below.  

  • In floor plan view, click on an exterior wall to select it. Using one of the resize edit handles at either end of the wall, 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. Press the F12 key on the keyboard, which is the hot key for the Rebuild Walls/Floors/Ceilings  command or navigate to Build> Floor> Rebuild Walls/Floors/Ceilings . Reconnect the walls to restore the enclosed room area and press the F12 key again.

If you still can't recover the Living Area label, save the plan, close Chief Architect, and reopen the program; then try the above steps again.

  • Finally, you can also place a text object and insert the Living Area macro into it.