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PlansXpress is the go-to software tool when it comes to drawing building plans for residential construction. There’s nothing else like it on the market. It’s built specifically for extensions, loft conversions, new builds and even outbuildings and remodelling. It’s designed sensibly to make CAD (computer-aided drawing) achievable for the builder with no previous training.  Think of the potential. Design & Build below your name. 3D models that win over customers. No hold ups for amendments to plans. Total control. Trial it free for 14-days.

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CAD doesn’t have to be complicated. With PlansXpress, no CAD experience is needed. If you can build a house or an extension you can draw one with PlansXpress! And we’re not talking crude sketches. You can produce professional, Architect-quality construction drawings, elevations, CAD details, 3D models and 3D visualisations for planning applications and Building Regs compliant drawings. Want your design costed? Just add EstimatorXpress to your kit. simply drop your completed drawing into the award-winning estimating tool for an instant estimate. What’s not to like?






“What emerges at the end is amazing considering the simple to use tools. It makes you feel like you’re cheating at CAD.”

It’s really straightforward. You select your choice of exterior wall from the menu, provide dimensions, then you click, drag and drop your walls onto the ‘drawing paper’. Do the same with floor slab, windows, doors, stairs, roof…

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“It’s like having an architect on your shoulder. The amazing technical-cum-construction knowledge is in-built. It’s the business.”

The drawings you produce will be of an architect-level quality. Dimensions, floor plans, elevations, section showing levels, scaffolding plan, joist layout, notes… all the detail. And you’re guided every step of the way.

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Auto-hatching made easy

“I assumed overlaying the detail would be a protracted manual process. But of course, with PlansXpress, it’s automated.”

Using the hatch buttons on the toolbar you select areas of wall, roof, tree and so on. Different block paving, brick and tile styling, clay, concrete effects, and so on. Once selected, the software automatically adds texture and patterns in your chosen colours.

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Massive choice of specifications

“We design and build properties for customers. PlansXpress makes it easy to offer them two or three design options. I’m retiring early thanks to the successful career enabled by HBXL!”

Pick and mix. Walls – from standard brick and block walls to rendered block & timber frame, from rendered ICF to stone & SIPS (all with or without parapets) – it copes with it all. Floors – from suspended to beam and block. Roofs – from lean-to and hip to Mansard and Gambrel. Doors – from pocket doors to sliding patio doors. Windows – from rooflights to roof lanterns. And so many more specs.

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Automatic in-progress fully textured 3D models

“The steps are logical. The prompts are handy. And the 3D model is just amazing. It brings my projects to life.”

As you draw your design, the powerful 3D engine automatically creates a 3D model (solid, textured or wire-frame) in a window so you can check your design as you go. The onboard model rotates and re-angles to give the full effect. You can email them to the customer!

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3D Architectural Symbols library including landscaping

“Basically, HBXL bring the user-friendly drawing tools and I bring my building knowledge. It’s a partnership that works.”

Hundreds and hundreds of symbols. All the way from bricks, tiles, flashing, gutters, steels, downpipes, baths, lawn, through to sofas, tables, glazed balustrades, Air Source Heat Pumps, electric vehicle charging points, USB sockets and parametric radiators.

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Option for photo-real visualisations

“It would cost hundreds of pounds to get an image like this from the architect. I give the customer added value.”

Our 3D PhotoVisualiser Plug-in comes with the Premium version and can be added to the Plus. The colours and textures you applied are re-rendered to be even more realistic. You can choose the direction of the sun and drop the design into a supplied background or your own photo.

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Library of sections and cross-sections

“The subbies who work for me comment on the quality of the drawings. They’ve not seen better from experienced architects.”

Easily place sections (such as SIPs, ICF and Timber Frame) from the section library on to your drawing. The same goes for cross-sections – there’s a whole library of them.

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Library of building regulation specification notes

“PlansXpress is so straightforward. I’ve used it for years now after moving from AutoCAD Lite. I get all the detail for very little effort.”

To finish off your plans ready for submission to planning applications and building regulations, insert technical notes from the extensive library. Got EstimatorXpress? It’ll draft the notes for you to cover off the spec you’ve drawn and estimated. We update the spec notes as changes to regs are introduced.

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Clever section-throughs and overheads

“I can’t fault PlansXpress. It’s a million times easier to use than AutoCAD.”

Show and hide different elements of the design with the section-through tool in the 3D onboard model. It allows you to slice through the design at any point to give the customer the full effect. Help them visualise layout and space.

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Printing in plan format or scaled down

“I show pdfs of jobs I’ve drawn on my building firm’s website. I get so much more work now I offer Design and Build.”

You’ve completed your drawing – now what? If you want your plans professionally printed you can export the document as an Adobe PDF or a .dwg file. You can also scale it to print on your own A4 or A3 printer in monochrome or colour.

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Take-off tools for existing plans

“When I’m not drawing from scratch, I’m manipulating existing plans. Customers give me their architect’s plans to alter – and I’m cheaper!”

Import your plan, then trace. The software captures all the information. You can then edit the plan as though you’d produced it originally. Or you can import the captured data into our estimating software, EstimatorXpress for an instant cost.

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Automatic fully costed estimate

“A builder friend just has the take-off tool, not the drawing tools. He uses it to produce automatic estimates in EstimatorXpress. Mind-blowing!”

With your new plan drawn, or existing drawing traced, drop your drawing into award-winning EstimatorXpress. The software goes to work and in minutes you’ll have a fully costed and quantified set of plans – plus a set of management reports as well.

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Before I discovered HBXL I was using paper and pencil for my estimates. Not surprisingly I was always forgetting something in the quote that either reduced my profit, or actually lost me money. Since using HBXL I reckon my win rate is better than 50%, which is all I can ask for. So I’m very pleased.
Graham Saunders, Trentace
We use Health & Safety Xpert daily on site as well as the office in order to comply with the constant changes in the H&S regs such as risk assessments and method statements. It helps make the job a lot, lot easier. We use the software no matter what size or sort of project. We now use it on everything from new builds, renovations, ground works, extensions, heating and plumbing jobs and any electrical work.
Mark Jones, MJ Building Services
My whole experience of the HBXL team, including the support I received from the tech guys and the Estimating Service estimators, was great – they are clearly used to dealing with builders and know how to fit communications around our busy working lives! With EstimatorXpress we know from the very beginning that we’ve priced the job right. It also saves us thousands of pounds in quantity surveyor fees, so even after a couple of projects the software has paid for itself. When we showed our accountant the software he was so impressed he left the meeting to call two other clients saying they need to take a look at it.
Charles OKell, UK Pro Build
SIMPLY OUTSTANDING!!! The software is a pleasure to use and has made the most boring task of manual estimating a thing of the past. Customer service and back up ‘just puts other companies to shame’. Well Done HBXL.
Bob, Worthy Builders, with HBXL since 20XX.


You can choose between an annual or lifetime licence. Annual subscribers automatically get Support & Updates and customers who buy the software outright, have the package free of charge in year one. It includes software updates, regular material price updates, and uncapped award-winning telephone, email and chat support.


Take-off building plans to import into EstimatorXpress for an automatic estimate.

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Draw building plans and elevations | Planning applications | Building regulation submission

Compare Features System Requirements

Draw building plans and elevations | For planning applications | Building regulation submissions | Includes: 3D PhotoVisualiser | Electrics & Plumbing templates

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Our Amazing Support Team is here to help you.

Tom, Joe, Ruth and Nik are ready and waiting to point you in the right direction, answer questions – by phone, email or live chat – it’s all included in your Support & Updates package.

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Design & Estimate

Design & Estimate

Design your project with our builder-friendly CAD tools in PlansXpress. Drop the file into EstimatorXpress, answer a few questions, and get an automatic estimate! (And plans and 3D models...)


This is the other way round. Complete your estimate in EstimatorXpress. Drop the estimate file into Health & Safety Xpert and automatically get the relevant H & S documents.


Same with this. Drop the completed estimate into ContractsXpert and it will automatically give you the customer and sub-contractor contracts and legal letters relevant to the job.


And again. Drop the completed estimate into ProjectXpert and with a click of a button you’ll see your daily, weekly, monthly tasks for this job and all your EstimatorXpress jobs. It's that easy.