Creating a Plumbing, HVAC, or Appliance Schedule

Reference Number: KB-00929
Last Modified: June 13, 2023

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I've noticed that some fixtures can be included in a plumbing, HVAC, or appliance schedule, but do not see these options in the Schedule tools. How do I create one of these schedules?


You can create a plumbing, HVAC, or appliance schedule by creating a Fixture Schedule, and then making a few simple changes to it. A custom schedule could also be created with any of the available categories.

To create a plumbing, HVAC, or appliance schedule

  1. Select CAD> CAD Detail Management  from the menu. 

  2. Choose to Open the Schedules Detail located in the CAD Detail Management dialog, or click New to create a separate CAD detail window. 

    A schedule can be created in floor plan view; however, schedules, CAD blocks and other 2D objects that enhance your working drawings are more easily organized when placed in a CAD Detail window.

    Selecting the Schedules Detail option and choosing Open

  3. In the CAD detail window, select Tools> Schedules> Fixtures Schedule  or Tools> Schedules> Custom Schedule  from the menu, then click in a blank area to create the schedule.  

  4. Using the Select Objects tool, click on the newly placed schedule and select the Open Object  edit button.  

  5. On the General panel of the Schedule Specification dialog that opens:  

    Schedule Specification dialog on the General panel

    • For the Main Title, type the name that you would like for this schedule.

      In this example, we have specified "Plumbing Fixture Schedule" for the title.

    • Choose the categories that you would like to include under the Categories to Include section. Multiple categories can be selected to be included in the schedule, if desired.

      In this example, both the "Plumbing" and "Indoor" boxes are checked under the Fixture category.

    • Choose the Columns to Include in the schedule.

    • If desired, check the Swap Rows/Columns box to swap the position of column headings with row headings.

    • Make any other desired adjustments to the Display and Object Preview Options. For more information on these options, click the Help button at the bottom of the dialog to open your program's documentation.

  6. Navigate to the Main, Title, and/or Header Text Style panels to change the text properties for those respective elements of the schedule.

    In legacy versions, only the Text Style panel is available, which affects all of the text in the schedule.

  7. Make any additional adjustments, such as to the Labels or Fill Style, then click OK.

To specify an object for inclusion in your schedule

  1. Select an object that you would like to include in your new schedule and click the Open Object  edit button. 

  2. On the Schedule panel of the Specification dialog that opens, select the desired categories by clicking the Include in Schedule As radio button and checking the appropriate boxes.

    In this example, we have specified the "Bowl Sink" from the Chief Architect Core Catalogs to be part of the "Plumbing" subcategory under Fixture. This is also the default schedule category for this sink, so if we didn't choose the Include in Schedule As radio button and left the Auto Schedule Category option selected, this sink would still appear in our Plumbing Fixture schedule.

    Fixture Specification on the Schedule panel

  3. Click OK.