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Adding doors and windows

From: Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

Video: Adding doors and windows

In the last few movies, we have focused on the layout of the walls for our two bedroom condo unit. The next logical thing to do is to layout the doors and windows. So here I have a file called Doors and Windows and it's a completed version of the wall layout, and we're going to look at the various ways that we can add doors and windows to this layout. So let's start with the doors and here on the Architecture tab, I'm going to click on the Door tool, and that's going to take me to the Modify/PlaceDoor ribbon tab, and on the Properties palette, I'll see settings for the doors that I'm placing.

Adding doors and windows

In the last few movies, we have focused on the layout of the walls for our two bedroom condo unit. The next logical thing to do is to layout the doors and windows. So here I have a file called Doors and Windows and it's a completed version of the wall layout, and we're going to look at the various ways that we can add doors and windows to this layout. So let's start with the doors and here on the Architecture tab, I'm going to click on the Door tool, and that's going to take me to the Modify/PlaceDoor ribbon tab, and on the Properties palette, I'll see settings for the doors that I'm placing.

Now the first thing I want to look at is the Type Selector, and if I open up the list here you can see at the top, that I have a single family in this project called Single-Flush and it contains several types. Now the default type is 36x84 and I'm going to choose the 36x80 type instead. That's really the only change that I want to make here. If I move my mouse into the screen what you're going to see is the tip tells me that I need to click on a wall to place the door and it's confirming that or reinforcing that by the small circle with a line through it, this sort of can't place here symbol, and what you'll see is, as you move your mouse around, the door will only appear if your cursor happens to be on a wall.

So with that in mind, you need to pay attention to whether or not there's a wall under your cursor. Other than that it should be pretty easy to place doors. Now I'm going to start with the main entrance to the condo unit, right over here on this small angled wall, and if you move slightly, what you'll see is some snapping behavior that we talked about earlier in this chapter. The door will try to find the center of this wall. So it's trying to do that automatically, you don't necessarily have to read the fractions directly to see that, you can kind of tell that it's finding the center of this wall.

So as soon as it finds the center, all I have to do is click and it will place that door. Now if I want to continue placing 36x80 doors, I can just continue to move around my plan and find other locations, and again, this one will snap nicely to the center and this one will also snap to the center, but notice that it's flipping the wrong way. It's swinging opposite of what I might like. It'll be a little difficult to get into this room if the door was swinging to the left like this.

So notice, as you move the mouse, it can swing in or out of the room, but to get it to swing left or right, what you actually have to do is just tap your spacebar, and that will swing it either left or right. So I'm going to click it to place it right there and I'll place another one over here, again, I can tap my spacebar. Notice that this time, we're getting a six-inch dimension there off the end wall. If you recall the movie on Snaps, we talked about the default snapping behavior.

That was not limited to just walls, so you can use that to your advantage here with doors as well to maintain standard size jamb. So I can get a six-inch jamb there or a six-inch jamb over here or really anywhere that I want to see that. So I'm going to continue to place these, some of these in the center, some of them with a six-inch jamb like so. That's all of the single swing doors that I need, but I need to add a few more doors. I have some closets that require bifold doors and I have a patio down in the living room at the bottom of the plan, that I want to put in a nice double door.

So I don't have those door families currently loaded in this project, as you can see all I have is single flush. So what we're going to do is remain in the Door command and over here on the ribbon, we can choose this Load Family button, and I'll click it, and that will bring up the Load Family dialog, and I am in the out of the box standard US Imperial library. Your screen might look slightly different, but you should have a Doors folder, and if you open that up, there are several doors that ship with the software.

Now the easiest way to tell what's here is to click the first item and then use the arrow on your keyboard to slowly page through all the available doors that are included here and you'll see the Previews changing over on the right. So you can see there's quite a few varieties for us to choose from. Now what I'm going to choose here is my Bifold-2 panel door at the top, hold down my Ctrl key and select the Bifold-4 panel door, and then the Double-Glass 2, Double-Glass 2 has these muntin patterns on the glass.

So I'm going to select all three of those, click Open, it will load those three families into my project, and then if we look at our Type selector, we now have those families and their types available to us. So there are several sizes of each of these families included in the file now. So I'm going to choose the 68x80 Double-Glass door, and I'm going to put one centered down here in the outside of the living room to get out to our patio.

I'm going to change to the Double bifold door, and I'll do a 72x80, and I'm going to put that one right here on this closet, and then I'll switch to the single bifold door and I'm just going to do a 30x80 in this case, and I'm going to place one here, and I'm going to place one here, and one right here. Now I did those a little bit sloppy on purpose and in particular I'm going to zoom in on this closet right here and show you that, the way that came in it's kind of right up against this wall here, it's also flipping the wrong way.

So don't feel like you have the undo and start over again when situations like this occur, all you have to do is select it and it's got its own flip grips and you can flip it and it's got temporary dimensions, and I'm just going to make that 1 inch so that it gives me a small 1 inch jamb on either side. So things like that are very easy to fix after you place them, using the same methods that we use with walls before. Temporary dimensions and flip grips. So as a final touch for this plan, I'm going to go to the Window tool, if you scan the ribbon tabs and the Properties palette, it looks always exactly the same as placing doors. We have a Type selector here, we have choices on this list, we have a lot of the same choices over here, what you'll notice here on the list is all I have is a fixed window, which may not be the best choice for a condominium plan.

So just like we were able to do with doors, I'm going to choose Load Family, scroll down to my Windows folder, and choose a more appropriate type window. In this case, I'm going to choose a Casement Dbl with Trim, open it up, pick my desired size, there is a few different choices available I'll use a 48x48 and I'll place one in each of the rooms that need a window. Click the Modify tool and that takes care of our door and window placement.

So placing doors and windows is a simple matter of choosing the tool and clicking on the wall where you want it to go, remember that you have temporary dimensions to fine-tune their placement. So if you don't have the family or type that you're looking for in your project, you simply click the Load Family tool, go out to your library on the hard drive, choose the one you want, load it in and place it in your project.

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Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

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Paul F. Aubin
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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 14m 43s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      6m 55s
  3. 54m 44s
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      1m 19s
    2. Exploring the Recent Files window and the application menu
      5m 20s
    3. Using the ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      7m 12s
    4. Understanding context ribbons
      4m 43s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      8m 31s
    6. Using the Project Browser
      5m 34s
    7. Navigating views: Zooming, panning, and rotating
      5m 57s
    8. The basics of selecting and modifying
      9m 49s
    9. Accessing Revit options
      6m 19s
  4. 47m 6s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multi-user project with worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 33s
    4. Adding levels
      7m 40s
    5. Adding grids
      6m 23s
    6. Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
      6m 58s
    7. Adding columns
      7m 34s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Adding walls
      8m 48s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 24s
    3. Exploring wall properties and types
      7m 37s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 27s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Using wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 59s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 49s
    5. Creating a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 16s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      6m 0s
    11. Understanding file formats
      59s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    4. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    5. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    6. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    7. Adding openings
      8m 33s
    8. Working with stairs
      8m 4s
    9. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    10. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    11. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 20s
  8. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 18s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      8m 12s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      8m 17s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      10m 59s
    5. Creating wall sweeps and reveals
      6m 26s
    6. Exploring model lines
      4m 22s
  9. 47m 40s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      6m 13s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 7s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      5m 21s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
  10. 21m 28s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 0s
  11. 33m 13s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 55s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      8m 8s
  12. 58m 40s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 6s
    3. Adding symbols
      4m 42s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 51s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      8m 31s
    6. Adding detail components
      8m 52s
    7. Using arrays to duplicate objects parametrically
      7m 43s
    8. Adding filled and masking regions
      7m 26s
  13. 41m 29s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      7m 52s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      4m 40s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      5m 24s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 39s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  15. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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