Create a floor plan – Visio

Start a new floor plan

  1. In the Categories list, click the Maps and Floor Plans category.

  2. Click Floor Plan, and then click Create.

Turn on gridlines to help with scale and precision

You may want to have gridlines visible on your drawing canvas to help you lay out and scale objects carefully:

A fixed grid can be useful in floor plans and maps, where you always want grid lines to show the same measurement. To make the grid fixed:

  1. On the toolbar ribbon, select View.

  2. In right corner of the Show group, select the “More” arrow
    Dialog Box Launcher button in Word 2010

  3. In the dialog box, enter the minimum spacing required between lines for each axis, and the grid will retain a fixed perspective throughout your design process, regardless of zoom level.

Create the exterior wall structure

Using room shapes

  1. From the Walls, Shell and Structure stencil, drag one of the room shapes onto the drawing page.

  2. Resize the room shape by dragging the control and selection handles on individual walls.

Using wall shapes

  1. From the Walls, Shell and Structure stencil, drag Exterior wall shapes onto the drawing page.

  2. Continue to draw the exterior by using these options:

    • Resize walls by dragging an endpoint.

    • Right-click wall shapes to set options.

    • Drag an endpoint of one wall to another wall.

    The endpoints are highlighted when the walls are glued. Intersections between two walls are cleaned up automatically.

Create the interior wall structure

  1. From the Walls, Shell and Structure stencil, drag wall shapes onto the drawing page, positioning them inside the exterior structure.

  2. Continue to draw the interior by using these options:

    • Resize walls by dragging an endpoint.

    • Right-click a wall to set options.

    • Drag an endpoint of one wall to another wall.

Add doors and windows

Doors and windows automatically rotate to align with and glue to the wall. They also acquire the wall’s thickness and move with walls when you reposition them.

Add other structural elements

  • From the Walls, Shell and Structure stencil, drag structural shapes, such as columns, onto the drawing page.

  • From the Building Core stencil, drag building core shapes, such as stairs, onto the drawing page.

Add electrical symbols and dimension lines

Electrical symbols

  1. From the Electrical and Telecom stencil, drag wall switches, outlets, and other wall fixtures onto wall shapes. Release the

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21 Bathroom Floor Plans for Better Layout

Tiny bathrooms can be extremely frustrating. But with the demand for housing (and the number of one-person households) increasing, it’s no surprise. Many modern apartments make do with a minuscule 5-foot bathroom.  Even with larger square footage, bathroom design can be boring.

Luckily, you can jazz up a bathroom regardless of its size, shape, or layout. You just have to be creative with your floor plans. So whether your bathroom space is asymmetrical, curvy, or oddly angled, you can find a plan that fits. Here are 21 of our favorite bathroom floor plans.

1. Small and simple

Small and simple 4

Just because you’re low on space doesn’t mean you can’t have a full bath. This 5 x 8 plan places the sink and toilet on one side, keeping them outside the pathway of the swinging door. It also keeps your commode hidden while the door is open. The tub fits snugly at the back end.


  • Square footage: 40 sq ft
  • Width: 5 feet
  • Length: 8 feet


With this floor plan, you get a full-sized 60-inch bathtub that fills the entire back end of your small bathroom. Size limitations don’t have to stop your luxurious after-work soak. The close-quarters layout also makes it easier to clean, and faster too.

2. Cross-bath

Cross-bath 1

We all settle for that two-and-a-half bath dream – when we have to. But we’d really rather not. And even with a full bath, we’d prefer the toilet and tub to be kept separate. Here’s a floor plan suggestion that does exactly that. And it gives your bathroom some real character in the process.


  • Square footage: 104 sq ft
  • Width: 11 feet
  • Length: 10 feet 6 inches


The shape of your bathroom is unusual, and it creates mini-alcoves for the sink, tub, and toilet. The door has ample room to swing without hitting or squeezing anything. Downside, with twelve ‘walls’ instead of four, there’s a lot more bathroom to clean.

3. Angular perfection

Angular perfection

Who said a bathroom has to be square or rectangular? You can still get a symmetrical bathroom with unexpected lines and corners. This somewhat hexagonal bathroom has six walls instead of four, so it gives you a few extra surfaces to work with. Meaning you can do way more with it.


  • Square footage: 70 sq ft
  • Width: 9 feet 4 inches
  • Length: 7 feet 6 inches


While this shape is aesthetically pleasing, the angles and shorter walls make it hard to sneak in a bathtub. Instead, the shower sits at one 90º corner while the toilet sits at the other. Opposite the door, you can install a three-sided vanity with a sink right in the middle.

4. Home spa

Home spa

With the right design choices, plain square bathrooms can be the most exciting type of all. They offer convenient edges and corners for easy décor. Plus, if they’re large enough (and if the subjects are sufficiently intimate), two people can use the bathroom at the same time.


  • Square footage: 102 sq ft
  • Width: 9
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Modifying Garage Floor and Stem Wall Heights

The information in this article applies to:


After naming my Garage room, the floor and ceiling height information changed. Why does this happen?

Adjust foundation heights for stem walls and garage areas


When Auto Rebuild Foundation is turned on, naming a room as a Garage will cause changes to the way the foundation is built under that room.

First, begin with creating a basic plan, where you will be using all of the default settings for Floor 1 floor and ceiling heights, and for building the foundation.

To create the basic plan

  1. In a new plan file in floor plan view, select Build> Wall> Straight Exterior Wall , then click and drag out the walls to create a basic structure with attached garage, as shown in the image below.

    Floor plan showing two areas - main house and attached garage

    Once the main building and garage room have been created, the foundation is automatically created with the default stem wall and footing heights.
    If your foundation does not automatically generate, click Build> Floor> Build Foundation  , put a check in the Automatically Rebuild Foundation box and click OK.

    The floor and ceiling heights in the room that will be designated as the Garage are still at the default for Floor 1. The Floor height is 0″ and in our case, the Finished Ceiling height is 107 5/8″.

  2. To verify this information, use the Select Objects tool to click on the smaller room on Floor 1, which will become the Garage, then click on the Open Object edit button.
  3. In the Room Specification dialog, notice the values set on the Structure panel.

    Room Specification dialog on Structure panle with Floor height of zero and Finished Ceiling height set to 107 5/8

  4. Next, select the General panel, and use the Room Type drop-down menu to select Garage, then hit OK.

    Room Specification dialog on General panel with Garage selected as the Room Type

    When the Room type is changed, the foundation is rebuilt to reflect these changes.

  5. Open  the garage room to specification and return to the Structure panel to see the changes.

    Room Specification dialog with Structure panel selected showing -14 1/8 Stem Wall Top and Finished Ceiling of 134 5/8

    • The Stem Wall Top height value is added to the Absolute Elevations and is set to the height of the underside of the floor joists on Floor 1. The floor is changed to a slab and the slab is lowered 12″ below the top of the stem wall.
    • The Stem Wall height is set to 22 1/2″.
    • The Floor Finish is set to 0″ and the Floor Structure becomes a 4″ concrete slab.
  6. Click OK to close the dialog and take a Perspective Full Overview to see the results so far.

    Perspective Full Overview showing foundation under house and garage

You may want to change the Stem Wall height to meet your frost depth needs, however, before making any changes to the Structure settings in the Room Specification dialog, you must first turn off Auto Rebuild Foundation.

To turn off Auto Rebuild Foundation

  1. Select Build> Floor> Build Foundation .
  2. In the Build Foundation dialog, remove the check next to Automatically Rebuild Foundation, then click OK.

    Build Foundation dialog with the box for Automatically Rebuild Foundation option cleared

  3. In the New Floor dialog that appears next, choose Derive new foundation plan from the 1st floor plan and click OK again.

    New Floor dialog with Derive new foundation plan from the 1st floor plan option selected

  4. Use the Select Objects tool to click within the Garage room on the Foundation level,
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Finalizing Our Master Bathroom Floor Plan & Design

Twelve days. That’s how long I have to finalize the decisions on our master bathroom project, because we now have an actual start date for this project. The fun begins May 10th. So I’ve been trying to get all of the details worked out in my mind before I meet with our contractor next Monday to go over all of the finalized plans.

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a few wall murals and wallpapers that I could use as a jumping off point in this master bathroom design. You can click here to see the fifteen finalists. I’ve finally selected the winner, and it’s this mural from Photo Wall.

wall mural 2a
Sparkling Garnder wall mural from Photo

With that decision made, I needed to decide exactly how I want to use it. I took all new measurements of the room to be sure that everything was accurate, and then I used this free online floor plan tool to create a 2D and 3D floor plan of the bathroom.

I started with my original plan of having the bathtub in its own little alcove like this…

master bathroom floor plan - 2D - 1

The 3D walkthrough option of that tool makes the perspective look a bit off, but this kind of gives an idea of what that would look like. You can see the long vanity wall (the exterior wall with the window) on the far left. That doorway would go to the master bedroom. And then on the right sits the tub in its little alcove. That area between the tub alcove wall and the bedroom door wall would lead to the shower.

master bathroom floor plan - 3D - 1b

And this is looking the other way towards the door that leads to the home gym.

master bathroom floor plan - 3D - 1d

The view looking straight at the tub alcove is where things get a little funky. It makes the tub look so tiny. But the tub that I’m getting is only five feet wide, so it’s really not a big tub (or a wide alcove) at all.

master bathroom floor plan - 3D - 1c

I had imagined that it would look something like this, with the mural on the top of the wall and some wainscoting on the bottom. Don’t pay too much attention to the wall color. That wasn’t really my focus at this point. That decision can be made later.

master bathroom floor plan - 3D - 1c - with mural
master bathroom floor plan - 3D - 1b - with wall mural

Or another option would be to use the wall mural from floor to ceiling. Of course, there would be crown molding and baseboards that aren’t shown here.

master bathroom floor plan - 3D - 1c - with mural - full length mural

But on that last post where I shared the fifteen finalist wall murals and wallpapers, a couple of people mentioned that they didn’t like the tub alcove because it felt too closed in. I got to thinking about it, and five feet (which is exactly how tall, or rather how short, I am) just isn’t much space at all. And since I only have 12 feet 6.5 inches of width to work with in this room, which needs to accommodate a bathtub and two doorways, I could save some precious inches by forgoing the side walls of

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Are Robust Financials Driving The Recent Rally In Floor & Decor Holdings, Inc.’s (NYSE:FND) Stock?

Most readers would already be aware that Floor & Decor Holdings’ (NYSE:FND) stock increased significantly by 30% over the past three months. Given the company’s impressive performance, we decided to study its financial indicators more closely as a company’s financial health over the long-term usually dictates market outcomes. Specifically, we decided to study Floor & Decor Holdings’ ROE in this article.

Return on equity or ROE is an important factor to be considered by a shareholder because it tells them how effectively their capital is being reinvested. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

View our latest analysis for Floor & Decor Holdings

How To Calculate Return On Equity?

Return on equity can be calculated by using the formula:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders’ Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Floor & Decor Holdings is:

17% = US$145m ÷ US$850m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).

The ‘return’ refers to a company’s earnings over the last year. Another way to think of that is that for every $1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn $0.17 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. Depending on how much of these profits the company reinvests or “retains”, and how effectively it does so, we are then able to assess a company’s earnings growth potential. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that don’t share these attributes.

Floor & Decor Holdings’ Earnings Growth And 17% ROE

At first glance, Floor & Decor Holdings seems to have a decent ROE. Further, the company’s ROE is similar to the industry average of 15%. Consequently, this likely laid the ground for the impressive net income growth of 31% seen over the past five years by Floor & Decor Holdings. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. For example, it is possible that the company’s management has made some good strategic decisions, or that the company has a low payout ratio.

As a next step, we compared Floor & Decor Holdings’ net income growth with the industry, and pleasingly, we found that the growth seen by the company is higher than the average industry growth of 5.9%.

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Is Floor & Decor Holdings fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Floor & Decor Holdings Using Its Retained Earnings

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Wolfe Research singles out Five Below, At Home and Floor & Decor as retail winners (NASDAQ:FIVE)

Wolfe Research launches coverage on Five Below (FIVE +2.9%), Floor & Decor Holdings (FND +2.5%) and At Home Group (HOME +3.2%) with Outperform ratings.

The firms assigns a price target of $150 on FIVE vs. the average Wall Street PT of $136.50. “In our view, FIVE operates one of the most unique traffic-driven models across all of retail with industry leading new unit economics and an agile merchant team helping to deliver consistent positive comp sales growth through an “on trend” product assortment. We see a clear path towards sustained double-digit new store expansion over the next several years.”

The firms assigns a price target of $84 on FND vs. the average Wall Street PT of $76.16. ” FND continues to benefit from a solid housing backdrop and the potential for sustained momentum in the home improvement sector, specifically a structural shift towards hard surface flooring. As one of the rare new unit growth opportunities across retail, FND should further unlock the benefits of scale in coming years to drive operating margins towards a low double-digit rate.”

The firms assigns a price target of $18 on HOME vs. the average Wall Street PT of $20.29. “Q2 results and trends early into Q3 appear as an inflection point in the trajectory of the HOME business model. We view the pullback in shares post Q2 results as an attractive entry point with a risk-reward tilted favorably from here.”

Compare the three retail stocks side by side.

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Floor & Decor Outperform by Wolfe Research from 09/30/20

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Revolve Grou a Hold

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At Home Group Outperform

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Agree Realty Buy


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Autohom a Buy


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Five Below Outperform

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Floor & Decor Outperform

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Ironwood Pharmaceutical a Equal Weight

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Polaris Industries Buy


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Greek revival mansion has spiral staircase, formal kitchen, catering kitchen, custom floor

This Greek revival home is a replica of the antebellum D’Evereux Hall mansion in Natchez, Mississippi. The mansion features a spiral staircase, two kitchens, and custom cypress flooring throughout the 7,450 square foot home.

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Floor & Decor Is Priced For Perfection (NYSE:FND)

The market momentum behind Floor & Decor Holdings (FND) is strong. The company’s stock has completely shrugged off the March market sell-off and has been trading at its all-time highs of approximately $70 per share.

The market strength has been shared with other home improvement retailers, with Home Depot (HD), Lowe’s (LW), and Lumber Liquidators (LL) all showing the same pattern and momentum.

We believe the strength in FND can be attributed to a strong rebound in sales and management’s commitment to growing its new store footprint by 20% in 2021 and beyond. The company is already planning the opening of 27 new stores in 21 on top of the 13 stores opened year-to-date.

The added scale is a plus to margins moving forward, as it would give them the ability to take costs out from their suppliers with the increase in volume. Also, there is leeway for margin improvement once the company stops with its store expansion plans, allowing for a higher percentage of the incremental revenues to fall to the bottom line. Management believes FND can achieve long-term EBITDA margins of 15% or higher, compared to EBITDA margins of 11.7% in 2019.

From a valuation perspective, the company is trading at a forward earnings multiple of 47x, almost double the forward P/E of HD at 25x. LL and LOW trade at 18x and 19x respectively.

While the forward PE of 47x sounds exuberant, we need to acknowledge the impressive growth rates of FND. For example, the company has managed to grow revenues and EPS at a 3-year CAGR of 19.8% and 26.6%, respectively, compared to 7% and 6.4% for HD. That said, maintaining such high growth rates would depend on the achievement of reaching 400 stores, the target set by management. Any slow down in new store growth could cause multiples to contract, as expectations deflate.

At this point, paying 47x for FND’s forward earnings doesn’t look like a good risk/reward opportunity. Besides the high expectations embedded in its share price, the company is not immune to the effects of COVID-19. Q2 results showed declining sales as the company was affected by the pandemic.

We believe the stock is too hot right now and we would rather wait on the sidelines.

Sequential improvement; quarter-to-date sales up 16%

FND reported second-quarter sales of $462M, down 11% on a year-over-year basis but beating sales expectations by $40M. The company also reported a non-GAAP EPS of $0.13 beating the consensus by $0.06.

Second-quarter sales were impacted by a decline of 20.8% in comparable-store sales due to COVID-19 and related store closures. Management transitioned to a curbside pickup model after closing their stores to help offset the decline in sales. Total comparable store transactions declined by 22.3% during the quarter compared to its prior-year period, while the average ticket increased by 2%, highlighting trip consolidation by their customers.

On a monthly basis, store sales have been improving sequentially, with comparable-store sales down 51% in April, improving to a 26% decline in May

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How Floor & Decor (FND) Stock Stands Out in a Strong Industry

One stock that might be an intriguing choice for investors right now is Floor & Decor Holdings, Inc. FND. This is because this security in the Building Products – Wood space is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is in great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.

This is important because, often times, a rising tide will lift all boats in an industry, as there can be broad trends taking place in a segment that are boosting securities across the board. This is arguably taking place in the Building Products – Wood space as it currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 9 out of more than 250 industries, suggesting it is well-positioned from this perspective, especially when compared to other segments out there.

Meanwhile, Floor & Decor is actually looking pretty good on its own too. The firm has seen solid earnings estimate revision activity over the past month, suggesting analysts are becoming a bit more bullish on the firm’s prospects in both the short and long term.

Floor Decor Holdings, Inc. Price and Consensus

Floor  Decor Holdings, Inc. Price and Consensus

Floor Decor Holdings, Inc. price-consensus-chart | Floor Decor Holdings, Inc. Quote

In fact, over the past month, current quarter estimates have risen from 38 cents per share to 39 cents per share, while current year estimates have risen from $1.15 per share to $1.19 per share. This has helped FND to earn a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), further underscoring the company’s solid position. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

So, if you are looking for a decent pick in a strong industry, consider Floor & Decor. Not only is its industry currently in the top third, but it is seeing solid estimate revisions as of late, suggesting it could be a very interesting choice for investors seeking a name in this great industry segment.

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