Revit for Interior Design: Interior Walls
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Revit for Interior Design: Interior Walls

with Ed Cotey

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3h 34m Intermediate Jan 28, 2014

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A good floor plan starts with defining usable spaces with the help of walls, and being able to modify those walls as needed as your project evolves. In this course, Ed Cotey shows you how to design a space with interior walls, doors, and windows in Autodesk Revit. Design issues such as wall alignment, trimming and extending walls, and splitting walls to make openings and new wall types are also covered. You'll also learn to incorporate some aesthetic elements such as trim and crown molding and apply them to walls.

Topics include:
  • Drawing interior walls
  • Configuring wall height and alignments
  • Changing wall types
  • Aligning and splitting walls
  • Creating compound walls
  • Adding doors and windows
  • Working with the Family Editor
  • Adding sweeps and trims to walls
Revit Architecture
Ed Cotey

Creating a customized grid for a wall

After you have worked in your building for a little bit, you may want to create a glass wall. In most cases using a single panel of glass is probably the best route to go, because then you can take this one piece of glass, and customize it with grids. What you do is you draw the, the glass first, and then you add in, a design for your grid that will eventually turn into mullions. Each, gridline that you add to the glass panel, divides that, panel into separate panels.

Let's take a look at how this works. We're going to go to the first floor. Under Project Browser. Just go ahead and click on that. And we're going to work in the foyer. And I want you to zoom in here. Let's say that in this case, we want to design a glass wall. That eventually from the front doors, you walk in. You'll have a set of double doors here that are glass and you walk into the building that way. So we have a reference plane here that kind of represents the center.

And we have another reference plane that divides basically the ceiling grid that is in here. We have basically a gypsum on one side And we have a 2x2 tile on the other side. So, we're going to take a look at how to create this wall. So, what we're going to start off with is to come up to the Architecture>Type Selector>Curtain Wall1.

Then in Properties, we want to set a top constraint. We don't want it going all the way through the building, so what we're going to do is pick up to up to ceiling, first floor. And if you look at it, you should find it right here. And then hit Apply. We're not putting any other constraints on it. And we're now ready to draw. What I want you to do is zoom in kind of close, and pick the reference plane that goes across.

And just bring it all the way across this way, and we're pretty much, got our platted glass in there. So let's go ahead and take a look at it. And the way we look at it, and to work on it for the grid is to go to the section tag here and double-click. And then zoom in. So you can see that our glass pane is right here. And it's blank and our next set is to go ahead and set up the grid. To start creating your curtain grid, there are certain placement tools that we need to look at. First one is called all segments.

When you use this tool, basically what happens is, it creates a grid that goes all the way through the curtain wall. It can be used either for vertical or horizontal heights. There's also a One Segment tool. This basically creates a gridline in between two selection points. Typically, it's going to between, maybe two other grid lines that, need to be displayed. You can add as many segments as you need to, come up with a design using this tool.

All Except Picked is another way of working with grids. In this case, what happens is that it allows you to go back and remove a segment, and it also removes segments that will show up eventually as dashed lines. Let's go ahead and create a grid design for this pane of glass. To do that, come up to the Architecture> Build>Panel>Curtain grid. Go ahead and click on it.

There's our three tools that we were talking about. And what I want to do is come down here to where the concrete is, and you'll notice that I get a vertical grid line as I move along the bottom of the floor here. If I go over to the wall, I get a horizontal one. And these basically are now set to go all segments, which is by default what happens. So, I'm going completely across the glass by doing this.

We're going to start off with the vertical segment. I'm going to come in and basically pick one for the center, where the door is, and then I'm going to pull off, and get to three feet on this side. And we're going to pick three feet on this side. And then we'll come over and roughly find the middle here, do that and then do the same thing over here. Now we've got that completed, what we need to do is work on our door height.

So I'm going to come over here and just come down to 6'8" and click. So, I now have a door height that's been established. I'm going to hit Modify, and I'm going to get rid of the reference plane because I don't need it anymore. Now, we're going to take out this middle section here for the door. So I'm going to come in and pick up Add and Remove Segments, and pick that section, and then hit Enter. And you'll see that it's gone. I'm going to go ahead and click Modify>Curtain Grid.

And in this case we're going to pick up another one. And we're going to basically make this about 3'-4", 3'-6", somewhere in there. Then we'll come across there and hit Modify. And we're going to remove this segment as well. In here so we'll pick this and take it out. Now if I need to add in additional segments, I can do that. So if I wanted to make a little bit more of a design, I can come in and pick up a segment here. And maybe another segment there. So now you have a design that kind of works. Anytime that you want to adjust items, you can always come over here and use the temporary dimensions, on things.

All you have to do is click, and see, this get's a little bit difficult in some cases, because it does start to bounce things around. I usually like using center in a lot of cases for the wall. And then work off to the right and to the left of that. And I don't seem to get too many problems when I do it that way. Once you have the grid in place, another thing to think about is selection. If you the Tab key carefully you'll notice that I just hit the Tab and I've got this surrounding glass curtain selected.

If I tab again on the inside I should be able to pick up a single panel. And you can do that. That's going to be important when we start looking at some other things. And I'm just hitting the Tab key as I'm going through. I'm staying kind of close to the tab, or to the grid. And I'm cycling my way through it. This will help you to avoid overlaps and things of that nature.

Now that you've got the grid pattern established where you've got the grid lined up on the glass make sure that the design is what you want. Sometimes like I said, it's best to determine the center, and come up with some preliminary measurements before you actually put the grid in. And usually putting in a center line and working to the right and to the left is, not a bad idea. Grids work by finding the sides of the glass wall, and then depending on which direction you go, either vertical or horizontal, you'll be placing a grid line.

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