Create a site plan

Use the Site Plan template to create architectural site plans and garden landscape plans.

  1. On the File menu, point to New, point to Maps and Floor Plans, and then click Site Plan.

    By default, this drawing type opens a scaled drawing page in landscape orientation Wide page . You can change these settings at any time.

  2. To incorporate buildings into your site plan, do one of the following:

    Draw outlines of the buildings

    Click the Drawing Tools button Button image to display the Drawing Tools toolbar, then use the Line tool Button image or the Rectangle tool Button image to draw outlines of buildings.

    Insert a CAD floor plan

    1. On the Insert menu, click CAD Drawing.

    2. Under Files of type, select AutoCAD Drawing (*.dwg, *.dxf). Locate the CAD file and click Open.

    3. To accept the size and location of the CAD drawing, click OK.

      After you have inserted the drawing, you can resize it, change its scale, or move it. You can also lock the Microsoft Office Visio layer that contains the CAD drawing.

    Copy and paste an existing Visio floor plan drawing into a new drawing

    1. Open an existing Microsoft Office Visio drawing.

    2. On the File menu, click Page Setup, and then click the Scale tab. Make note of the scale setting in the existing drawing, and then set the scale of your new drawing to match.

    3. In the existing drawing, select the shapes you want to use in the new drawing and then, on the Edit menu, click Copy.

    4. Switch to the new drawing, and then, on the Edit menu, click Paste.

      Tip: You can lock the layers of a drawing so that you do not accidentally change them when you create a new plan on top.

  3. Depending on your drawing type, do one or both of the following:

    Add roads and parking stalls

    1. From the horizontal and vertical rulers, drag guides and position them on the page to mark the locations of the site perimeter, stalls, and roads in the drawing.

    2. From Parking and Roads, drag curbs and driveways onto the drawing page.

    3. From Parking and Roads, position parking strips, stalls, and islands on the drawing page. Glue their endpoints ( Begin point image - green square with X inside or End point image, which is plus sign in a green square ) to guides.


      • To reposition parking stalls, drag the guide to which they are glued.

      • To keep the alignment of a shape from changing while you move the shape, press SHIFT.

    4. From Vehicles, Site Accessories, and Planting, position vehicles, parking accessories, and landscape shapes around the parking strips and stalls. Glue their endpoints to guides.

      Tip: Use shapes from Annotations and Dimensioning to add labels or dimension lines to your site plan.

    Add landscaping elements

    1. From Garden Accessories, drag fence shapes and gate shapes onto the drawing page.

    2. From Sport Fields and Recreation, drag recreational equipment shapes, such as a pool or a swing set, onto the drawing page.

    3. From Garden Accessories, add patios and walkways by dragging shapes onto the drawing page.

    4. From Irrigation, add irrigation equipment by dragging shapes onto the drawing page.

  4. Add plants by dragging shapes from Planting onto the drawing page. Use the Plant callout shape to label plants.

    You can record the plant's common name and foliage type as shape data.

    Enter shape data

    1. Select the shape, and then on the Shape menu, click Shape Data.

    2. In the Shape Data dialog box, click in each custom property field and type or select a value.

    Tip: To create and arrange multiple copies of shapes, such as plants and paving stones, use the Array Shapes command.

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