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Creating a custom door opening

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Video: Creating a custom door opening

One of the nice things about using in place families is, Because of the south elevation, I went ahead and drew in Now we're going to go ahead and call it arch door and press OK there.

Creating a custom door opening

One of the nice things about using in place families is, is that you can create many types of elements in your project. One of those kinds of elements is to create an opening that you can do some unique design stuff with. Other than just the typical rectangular or square door opening, you can make one that is arched, or has got some other embellishments to it. The thing that you gotta think about though, is that if you try using the wall profile approach, you can definitely put a opening in a wall.

The only problem is, is that it's not movable. It's kind of fixed because it's actually part of the wall. The in place family, though, if you create a customized door opening using that approach. You will be able to move the door back and forth within the host or, or the wall. We're going to take a look at how to go ahead and do that. One of the first things that you need to do though is zoom in, and then check out the various reference planes that you have.

Now you'll notice here that I have wall face. Frame right and mid point and frame left. Now, if none of these are labelled you can always come up to Properties and give them a name. So, it's always a good idea to do that. Let's go down to the Project Browser and let's go to south elevation. Because of the south elevation, I went ahead and drew in what we need to create as far as our arched door.

So here's our reference planes again and there's two new ones that have been added in. I've got this one here which is door height and another one here that's called sidewall. So, all our reference lines are currently in place. All we have to do now is draw the arched door. So we'll come into Component, and pick Model In Place, and we're going to make sure that the family type is Doors, and press OK.

Now we're going to go ahead and call it arch door and press OK there. You might see some changes going on on your screen. One of the drawbacks that comes up here and needs a little discussion is your monitor using these tools. You'll notice that everything kind of grayed out, and it's almost like 50% grayer. You gotta be kind of careful with your monitor. You might end up having to change the contrast in order to see the lines a little bit better.

That's going to get a little bit worse here on this one, because when I come up here to opening, which is a special command for creating it, It is going to ask me to select the host. And I'm going to click to on a wall, and it even gets lighter yet. So you might end up having to adjust your monitor so you can see it a little bit better. I've got basically the line tool on and I'm going to start at the side of the wall and come down. And come down until I hit the, my next intersection, and then come up.

And after that I'm going to go to arch. And I'm going to come over and pick it, and then pull up. And I'm going to press OK here, and then Finish. So, you can see that I was able to get that. It's tough, like I said. It depends on your monitor. If you have a really good quality monitor they're easier to see. So let's take a look at this now and Level One, Floor Plan mode. And you'll see here that the door way shows.

Go ahead and click on it. And pick move. And then pick it, and you can then move the doorway back and forth, just that way. You can't do that, like I said, with a profile. Let's take a look at what it looks like in 3D, and that's what you have. So, when you are working with door openings, another alternative other than using the wall profile. Is to create an in-place family for the arch door or custom door.

And that would then allow you to move the door within the wall host.

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