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Creating a custom wall type

From: Revit for Interior Design: Interior Walls

Video: Creating a custom wall type

There may be times when you're working within Revit, that the wall types that nothing here exists. We don't find anything that we have.

Creating a custom wall type

There may be times when you're working within Revit, that the wall types that are included in Revit might not be enough to satisfy the design. In other words, you can't find the wall that you want. In that case, you might have to go ahead and design a wall, which in Revit is called a compound wall. A compound wall is a wall that you go ahead and design, based on a existing type of wall. You can change the materials, and the thicknesses of those materials, to develop whatever wall that you need.

Now let's take a look at maybe how to do something like that. We're going to come down here to floor plans and first floor. I can click on that, and let's suppose that in our type selector when we look at walls, that nothing here exists. We don't find anything that we have. In fact, what we're looking for is, an interior wall that is got a 2 hour 6 inch type partition, and you might notice that we don't, actually have something like that.

So we're going to go in and create a new wall. And this new wall, by the way I'm going to hit modify, is going to fit kind of over in this direction here. So let's take a look at, first of all, what is a, wall. And, we're going to begin by starting off with an existing wall. So what we're going to do is come up to Modify> Wall> Architectural, and under Architectural, you want to select 6 inch generic, and then we're going to hit, Edit Type.

With Edit Type, we're going to come in here and click Duplicate. And under Duplicate, we're going to put in Interior, 6 inch, 2 hour, and then press OK. Our next step is to look at the construction under structure, and go to the Edit bar and click on that. Might have to extend this out a little bit so you can see a little bit more, of what goes on here. And then down at the bottom, I want you to click on the preview.

So, what you have is a much larger dialog box now, and you have basically a preview, looking down floor plan mode, as far as what this wall looks like. Now, this is kind of a complicated screen. There's a number of things going on. So we're going to kind of go through this a little bit, so you understand what's happening here. Up at the top of the dialog, you're going to notice that there's some information that shows up here. You have descriptions as far as what the family is, what the new name is that you just went ahead and gave it, and also what the total thickness is.

These things are therefore your reference. In the upper right hand corner, you'll notice that there's what's called sample height. This sets just the height of the sample wall that you're going to be designing. It has nothing to do with the actual walls that you might be drawing. The layers dialogue area, is a little bit more complex. Because in this area, you have layers that are actually got 3 components to it. Function, material and thickness. Now each one of these things can be described by you as far as in designing this wall.

And in this case, you're going to notice in the Function area that there's Finish, Core, Structure, so forth and so on. Each one of these functions can be described. Function basically has Finish, which is the outermost finish that you can put on it. Structure basically is the foundation for the wall. And you can also go ahead and assign priorities to these functions from 1 through 5.

The priorities basically show how the layers connect, when you connect maybe a different wall type to another wall type. 1 being the lowest priority, and 5 being the highest priority. You also have a preview button, that allows you to see how the wall is being developed as you go ahead and specify the various parts of the wall. So, what we're going to do, is we're going to create a couple extra layers. So I want you to, first of all, click on row 1, here. And then I want you to come down to the insert button and click twice.

And then on row 5, click on that one so it's current, and then click twice as well. Now you're going to see a number of different things going on here. Structure we'll go ahead and change. We're going to come in and change that structure. To Finish 1. And this one also is, Finish 1. Where you have structure 1, on the 5 and 6 row. We're going to move em down. So we have something that, looks like this. And this one here that came in as an extra, we're going to have to keep that, and we're going to change the material on that next.

The material is going to be metal stud, so I want you to come over here where it says by category, and click on that. And up at the top of the browser here, type in metal. And we should see in the list here, Metal Stud Layer. Go ahead and pick that. And, press OK. So our middle layer is going to be, metal stud. We're going to also come over here to this Material category, and we're going to call this gypsum.

And there should be gypsum wall board. Press OK. Same thing with this fellow as well, And the bottom 2 as well. So we're going to pick all these up. So now we have basically 2 layers of gypsum wall board. We have a layer for our metal stud. The only thing that remains for us to do at this point is assign how many inches we want on everyting that we have here. So up on the top one, we're going to make this five eigths. We have a layer for our metal stud. The only thing that remains for us to do at this point. Is assign how many inches we want on everything that we have here. So up on the top one, we're going to make this 5/8.

And I will make the next one as well, 5/8. And we're going to change the Metal Stud Layer from 6 to 3.5, you put in 3.5, that'll work. And if you'll notice what's happening as I'm doing this, is actually building the layers for me in the preview. So, I'm actually in pretty good shape so far. And do this one. And there I have basically my wall laid out. I'm going to hit okay.

And okay again. And I'm ready to go. So, I'm going to come over here, and I just draw this new wall in, like so. And I'll hit Modify. I'll come over and hover over it, and there's the new wall that we went ahead and did. So, when, you don't have a wall within revvits inventory of types, you can go ahead and create your own, and that one is typically called a compound wall. You can change the amount of layers that you need for it, you can change the materials, you can even define what the thicknesses are of the materials.

Once you bring it in to Revit, you can set it up just as any other wall, as far as with wall heights and things of that nature.

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