FAQ’s - Drawing Plans/Adding Features

Can more than one person in the office draw a plan at the same time?

The Metropix system allows multiple users to access and use the same account simultaneously.

Can I draw plans if I am not connected to the Internet?

Yes. First you need to download Metropix to your computer (you will need to be online to do this). From the drawing page select ‘Options’ and ‘Install Metropix on my computer’ – select the location for shortcut buttons and within a few seconds the system will be loaded for you. When you access Metropix offline you’ll go straight to the drawing page. When you’ve finished drawing select ‘File’ and ‘Save’ to save your plan. Then when next online select ‘File’ and ‘Open from disk’ – then process in the usual way.

Can I draw plans if I am not connected to the Internet?

Yes. First you need to download Metropix to your computer (you will need to be online to do this). From the drawing page select ‘Options’ and ‘Install Metropix on my computer’ – select the location for shortcut buttons and within a few seconds the system will be loaded for you. When you access Metropix offline you’ll go straight to the drawing page. When you’ve finished drawing select ‘File’ and ‘Save’ to save your plan. Then when next online select ‘File’ and ‘Open from disk’ – then process in the usual way.

Can I change the drawing grid from Metric to Imperial?

Yes. Simply open the ‘Options’ menu and select your preferred measurement option.

Can I change the size of the drawing grid if my plan is too big for the page?

Yes. Open the ‘Options’ menu and select ‘Zoom’. You can choose to view the plan in Wide View or use the ‘Custom’ slider to manually zoom in or out.

How do I move a wall to resize a room?

Position your mouse pointer on the wall you wish to move (the relevant wall, or section of the wall will change from black to red) then click and hold down th left mouse button and ‘Drag’ the wall in the required direction. ‘Drop’ into position by releasing the mouse button.

You can move walls (and other items like doors, too) more accurately, inch by inch (or cm by cm) using the arrow keys on your keyboard while continuing to hold down the left mouse button

Can I type in wall dimensions manually?

You can enter measurements manually on the drawing plan page to make rooms the exact size you want without ‘dragging’. Go to the ‘Edit’ menu and click ‘Set wall length’, click on the wall you wish to set and enter the relevant measurement on the pop-up window. NB – doing this will obviously affect the shape/size of that room AND adjacent rooms.

How do I delete a wall?

Under the Symbols Tab on the left of your screen select the ‘Opening’ icon from the list of symbols. Right click to select and drag and drop the ‘opening’ onto the wall that you want to delete, then increase the opening width by clicking the blue dot in the middle of the icon and extending the ‘opening width’ to its maximum.

Depending upon your Preference Settings, the ‘opening’ may appear as a light grey line on your finished floor plan. If you do not want the line to appear exit from the current plan you have open, and go to ‘My Account’ then ‘Change Preferences’ and select ‘Floor Plan Appearance’ from the drop-down menu. At the bottom of the page you can set the ‘Opening Style’ to show ‘No Line’ by selecting this option from the drop-down menu. Don’t forget to ‘Save Changes’. You will then need to open and re-process existing plans in order for new settings to take effect – all future plans will reflect the changes automatically.

How do I add a hallway?

In the Metropix system, a hallway is seen as a type of room, therefore you need to physically add a room, type Hallway, to the void between room spaces that create the hallway area. Draw the hallway by simply adding a room. By using a combination of inserting points on the walls move the relevant walls so you can create a hallway of any shape. Try to remember to insert the hallways of a house plan before adding any doors.

How do I add another ‘anchor point’ or ‘marker’ on a wall

Position your mouse onto the wall where you wish to insert the ‘point’ and double-click – a new white square will appear on the wall indicating the ‘anchor point’. By using combination of inserting extra ‘anchor points’ in the wall you can click and drag these points out to create a room of any shape.

How do I make L-shaped rooms?

Simply by splitting the relevant wall into two sections and dragging one section to a new position, as follows:-

Insert a new point on the wall (double click on a wall to add a point) at the position the ‘L’ extends.
Highlight the section of the wall to extend and drag to its new position

How do I make angled walls?

Simply by dragging ‘corner’ marker (indicated by a white box where the two walls meet).

By using combination of inserting points on the wall and moving the relevant ‘angles’ you can create a room of any shape.

How do I make a bay window

Simply by making two ‘points’ on the wall (see ‘How do I add another anchor point on a wall) then dragging the centre section (bay) to its new position. You can ‘angle’ the bay by dragging the angle markers (see How do I make angled walls?) as required. You can now drag and drop a window onto each section of the bay.

How do I draw curved walls?

From the ‘Edit’ menu select ‘Draw Curved Wall’ – then place the mouse pointer at the position on the wall that the curve begin, click and hold down the left mouse button and ‘draw’ the curve, releasing the mouse button on the position on the wall that the curve ends.

To delete the curve, simply right click on the curve and select ‘Delete’

How do I make a curved window?

To make a curved window you need to make a curved wall first (see ‘How do I draw curved walls?’). You can now drag and drop a window onto your curve – see ‘How do I change the opening width of my doors and windows?’ to alter the width of your window.
To delete the curve, simply double-click your left mouse button on this section of wall and click delete.

How do I add a garden?

You can add a garden (or any external area e.g. courtyard, balcony etc. that is NOT to be included in the square footage) simply by adding the area as a room and giving it room type ‘Balcony’ then amending the room name in the Room Description box (Edit, Edit Room). (For longer/larger gardens one option is to create a shorter/smaller area and then type into the description box ‘Garden extends to 100’ (for example) – then tick the option ‘No Measurements’ when completing the plan. These areas will appear with cross-hatching on your finished 2D plan or as a grey area on a 3D plan or Walkthrough if ordered.

There are also outdoor symbols that you can use such as garden furniture including a bench, sun umbrella, plants and swimming pools.

How do I add a plot/surrounding land/the property

Go to ‘Options’ and select ‘Plot Editing Mode’. A gray area with a green border will appear. Click and drag the border walls to the appropriate land size. To edit the land shape double click on a selected wall and add an anchor point. Then click and drag to the shape desired.

How do I delete a room?

Either go to the ‘Edit’ menu and select ‘Delete Room/Cupboard’, or click on to the ‘Delete’ key on your keyboard, then simply click on the room you want to delete. It will be highlighted.

How do I change/edit a room name?

Go to the ‘Edit’ menu and select ‘Edit Room/Cupboard’ then click onto the room you wish to change to open up the ‘Edit Room’ popup box where you can amend both room type and the room description. NB. to type in a description NOT on the list, simply click your mouse cursor into the description box and type in the relevant name/wording.

How do I add feature icons onto my plan?

Select the icon you need from the Symbols tab on the left of your page (choose from Basic, Advanced or All Symbols). Click and hold the left mouse button over the required icon, ‘Drag’ it onto the floor plan and then ‘Drop’ it into position by releasing the mouse button.

To delete a symbol simply click on the blue dot to display its properties and click Delete.

How do I move icons to a new position?

‘Grab’ the icon by clicking and holding your mouse pointer onto its unique blue dot, ‘drag’ the icon to its new position and then ‘Drop’ it into place by releasing the mouse button.

NB. Many symbols ‘magnetise’ to the wall by default. To move the icon away from the wall, open its properties menu by left clicking once onto the blue dot, then un-tick the ‘Stick to Walls’ button and ‘Close’

How do I re-size or rotate an icon?

Click onto the icon’s blue dot which will open its properties menu AND activate its ‘control handles’ (the blue squares and arrows that appear around the icon). Then, either type the new dimensions into the properties field, ‘drag’ the slider to increase/decrease dimensions or ‘drag’ the square control handles left/right/up or down to the get desired shape/size.
Click, hold and drag on the control arrows to rotate the icon clockwise or anticlockwise

How do I duplicate an icon?

Once you have inserted an icon onto your plan, it can be duplicated by holding down the ‘Ctrl’ key on your keyboard while ‘dragging’ the icon by its blue dot (as if moving to a different location). This is a handy short-cut if you have multiple features, e.g. windows, of identical size.

How do I change icon properties, e.g. door swing, window size etc?

Click once onto the icon’s blue dot to open its individual properties menu. Choose from the given drop-down menus / radio button choices to make the required change and/or type in the new measurement or drag the indicator left or right to the desired size.

Is there a way to rotate a plan or obtain a mirror image of a plan?

You can do both via the Edit menu.

How do I put ‘features’ into a kitchen?

First you have to place the Base Unit icon (under the Basic Symbols tab on the left of the screen) where you want to build the kitchen units. Then you can add the oven/sink/etc on top. Here are some tips:

  • You can change the size of a unit by clicking on its blue dot -it’s not necessary to drag multiple units onto the plan.
  • Make neat corner units by dragging two base units so that they overlap each other in the corner.
  • To make units with rounded or curved ends just right click on the blue dot then select from the drop-down boxes which type of end you would like.
  • If you need to make an island unit, click on the blue dot and un-tick the ‘Sticks to walls’ box. Then you will be able to move the units away from the wall.
  • Don’t leave a gap between kitchen units for sinks and hobs unless the sink/hob is freestanding. Just drop the sink/hob on top of the base unit.

How do I add cupboards?

Either by adding a ‘room’ into the position where your cupboard is to be and selecting room type ‘Storage’ (you can then choose the relevant name for the area, i.e. Cupboard, Airing Cupboard, Wardrobe etc).

Alternatively go to the Edit Menu and select ‘Add Cupboard’ and ‘draw’ your cupboard in just as you would a room. This option will automatically assign the name ‘Cupboard’ which you can change if necessary (see How do I change room names?)

Don’t forget to drag and drop some doors onto your cupboard by using the door icon options you have available.

Can I add furniture to my floor plan?

There are a whole host of furniture symbols that can be added to your floor plan. Simply select ‘All Symbols’ and ‘Furniture’ then drag the relevant item onto your plan in the same way as you do icons. (See ‘How do I add feature icons onto my plan’). Furniture icons can be moved, repositioned, resized etc. as with feature icons.

NB. Where the plan is to be upgraded to 3D or to a 3D walkthrough – furniture icons from the ‘Visible in 3D’ list should be used to ensure that they are visible in exactly the same place on the 3D or Walkthrough

How do I add another floor

The system assumes you will start drawing from the ground floor and progress upwards. This can, of course, be overridden. Once you have finished drawing the floor you choose to start with, click the ‘Floors’ tab on the left hand side. A new floor will be added named ‘1st floor’, the floors tab will open up and the grid will show the outline of the ‘Ground’ floor to help you to line up external/internal walls as required.

From the ‘Floors’ tab you can ‘Add floor above’ or ‘Add floor below’ for any subsequent floors, as well as deleting, renaming or repositioning floors.