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Designing an exterior deck

From: Designing a House in Revit Architecture

Video: Designing an exterior deck

Now that we have our exterior walls and windows and all at in place, let's go ahead and add a deck to the back of our building. Now that deck is going to go directly underneath these doors that lead out to it. Also, it's going to go above this window right here. Let's get started by moving up to our First Floor plan. So that it's going to be centered on these doors as well as the window down below, or at least pretty close to centered, I want this deck to start just 1 foot off the structural edge of our house. So what I'm going to do I'm going to actually click on the Floor tool right here.

Designing an exterior deck

Now that we have our exterior walls and windows and all at in place, let's go ahead and add a deck to the back of our building. Now that deck is going to go directly underneath these doors that lead out to it. Also, it's going to go above this window right here. Let's get started by moving up to our First Floor plan. So that it's going to be centered on these doors as well as the window down below, or at least pretty close to centered, I want this deck to start just 1 foot off the structural edge of our house. So what I'm going to do I'm going to actually click on the Floor tool right here.

I'm going to use a line in a way that I haven't used a line before. I'm going to use the Line tool right here and instead of using a detail line, I'm going to use the actual lines that you would usually make up a deck, in order to give me that distance of 1 foot off at the end. Here I can see that on 1 foot off at the end. I am just going to move up a little bit here. I know that that's going to be where my deck is going to need to start. Also, I know that my deck is going to be 8 feet deep by 10 feet wide. So I'm going to select right here.

I'm going to move straight up, and I'm going to tell this to be 8 feet. The warning message I am getting is that this line and that little line that I drew down here are overlapping. That's okay. I'm going to delete that little line here in just a minute. Next I'm going to move straight over to the right, and I'm going to go 10 feet. I'm going to come straight down and then all the way back over again. Now that I've done that, I'm going to click on this line and delete it. I'm then click on this line and delete it, because I don't need them anymore.

They were just to give me the proper dimension off the end of the building. Now before I click on the big green check mark, we have a few properties that we need to change. The first property is that yes, this is going to be off the first floor, but also you need to verify that this height is correct. In this case, it happens to be correct, and it's going to be a -4 inch drop from where the first floor is at and step down onto the deck. If yours doesn't say -4 inches, go ahead and type in here at the Height Offset, -4 inches.

Also verify that this does say Floor Deck. If it says any other kind of floor, it's not going to be the appropriate floor for you to be able to create this design, so just leave it at Floor Deck. Now come up here to the big green check mark and click on it, and you'll now have your deck that's going around that 8 foot 10 parameter that we just drew. Just so you can see what it looks like up to this point, let's take a look at in a 3D View, so click on little house up here at the top. Now this by itself is probably okay.

The only thing is is it looks kind of small and flimsy up there. It's not really the cleanest-looking thing and if we were to render it, it really wouldn't look extremely nice. So in order for it to have a nice aesthetic appeal, we need to add some things to it. And those items that we are going to be adding to it are going to be some structural members. So back in the First Floor plan--I'm just going to double-click on First Floor-- I'm going to go up to Structure and I'm going to add some Beams. Now these are really structural beams. What these are-- and if come to the type selector list-- it's going to be some dimensional number, some 2x12s.

I'm going to click on them. Next, I'm going to move over to here and I'm going to draw these 2x12s from this point on up to right here. Next, I'm going to repeat that same process, except I'm going to do it from this intersection, back down. Now, I'm going to do the same thing from right here. I'm going to take it on over. Now as along as you did it in that sequence, you should have your boards coming up here, dying out at the end of the deck, and then this board stops just a little bit short of this board, and you have the same condition on the other end.

To clean that up, you can select on this board and pull this over. And they can either be touching or just right off the end; in this case I'm just going to have them line up with one another. I'm going to do the same thing down here. Now this deck is made out of smaller boards than the 2x12s. In fact, if I select on the deck, click on Edit Type, and go to Edit Structure here, we will see that this is made out of 2x8s, a 2x8, once it goes through the milling process, is about 71/4 inches thick, so this is structurally correct.

If I click on OK and click on OK on out, what this means is that these boards that we just added are going to be bigger and thicker, and are going to give the illusion that this deck is created out of much heavier, stronger material, if you will. And it's going to look a lot more cleaner and refined when the building is finally built. And it will just be prettier when it's all set and done. There is one more thing that we need to be able to adjust though. If I zoom in here, you will see that the deck actually comes to the middle of where these are at, and that's not where I want them to be.

So I'm going to use my arrow keys on my keyboard, in this case the up arrow key, to nudge these boards over. I will select on the next board, use my left arrow key to nudge that over, come over here, select on this board, use the Nudge command again to nudge that over. Now let's take a look at this in 3D to get a better feel for what it is we have actually drawn. Now up to this point, everything we've done has been okay. There hasn't even really been the ability to drop these down, but this is a problem, because we want the top of these boards to be lined up with the top of our deck.

But at this point, it's pretty easy. Simply select on each of these boards by clicking on them and holding down your Ctrl key. Next, over here, you have your Start Level Offset Distance. Let's make this be -4 inches and -4 inches. Click on Apply and you see these boards just drop themselves right down. And by doing this, we now have a--actually a thicker-looking structural member up there.

It's going to be a nicer material, too, when it's rendered. Also it's going to hide the fact that you're going to have your columns coming up here and tying into here and how any square structural connections might be taking place. These boards from a distance are going to hide those structural connections, so you are not going to see metal pieces or whatever might be holding those together--brackets, whatever the case may be. So in general, when you look at these from afar, you are going to have a nice, clean-looking piece of construction.

So if you are going to be building a deck, always make sure to use your floors and your flooring materials. Feel free to use things like beams, which when we think of a beam you might be thinking of something it would usually hold something up like this illustration might illustrate. That being said, in this case, it can also be used as a decorative piece to make your deck cleaner and more refined-looking.

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Designing a House in Revit Architecture

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  1. 2m 52s
    1. Welcome
      37s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 39s
    3. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 12m 29s
    1. Reviewing the project requirements
      1m 11s
    2. Creating multiple levels
      7m 21s
    3. Entering project information
      3m 57s
  3. 51m 53s
    1. Creating exterior walls
      6m 25s
    2. Creating foundation walls
      6m 47s
    3. Modifying foundation walls
      7m 36s
    4. Creating the interior walls for the main level
      14m 44s
    5. Creating the interior walls for the basement level
      12m 36s
    6. Creating footings
      3m 45s
  4. 25m 37s
    1. Adding doors to the project
      8m 0s
    2. Adding windows to the project
      6m 47s
    3. Adding an atrium window using curtain walls
      10m 50s
  5. 40m 12s
    1. Adding structural floors to the project
      6m 6s
    2. Adding finish floors to each room
      15m 8s
    3. Designing an exterior deck
      7m 4s
    4. Designing a front porch and building the porch structure
      11m 54s
  6. 20m 54s
    1. Placing the columns for the front porch
      8m 33s
    2. Placing interior structural columns and footings
      8m 28s
    3. Adding beams
      3m 53s
  7. 36m 12s
    1. Placing the railings for the front porch
      3m 40s
    2. Creating deck stairs
      5m 27s
    3. Creating deck railings
      3m 22s
    4. Creating deck supports
      6m 17s
    5. Creating porch stairs and railings
      5m 27s
    6. Building an interior staircase and railings
      5m 0s
    7. Inserting a floor opening for the stairs
      4m 53s
    8. Building a railing at the top of the stairs
      2m 6s
  8. 5m 33s
    1. Adding rooms and room tags
      5m 33s
  9. 29m 27s
    1. Creating a gable roof
      6m 9s
    2. Creating a roof for the porch
      5m 48s
    3. Applying gutters and facia boards to the roof
      3m 52s
    4. Tying the roof to the structure
      9m 5s
    5. Modifying a wall profile
      4m 33s
  10. 22m 21s
    1. Placing cabinets and kitchen appliances
      7m 10s
    2. Placing countertops
      5m 8s
    3. Placing plumbing fixtures
      4m 46s
    4. Creating the utility room
      5m 17s
  11. 24m 47s
    1. Placing a normal ceiling
      6m 32s
    2. Adjusting the ceiling for stairs
      3m 39s
    3. Creating a coffered ceiling
      6m 52s
    4. Placing ceiling lights
      7m 44s
  12. 12m 42s
    1. Creating an exterior camera
      7m 54s
    2. Creating an interior camera
      4m 48s
  13. 23m 45s
    1. Creating section views
      7m 32s
    2. Creating an enlarged plan
      3m 17s
    3. Creating interior elevation views
      7m 14s
    4. Creating exterior elevation views
      5m 42s
  14. 15m 42s
    1. Creating a door schedule
      3m 57s
    2. Generating a door elevation legend
      11m 45s
  15. 30m 48s
    1. Dimensioning
      6m 23s
    2. Adding general notes
      4m 30s
    3. Adding notes with text
      10m 30s
    4. Creating detail views
      9m 25s
  16. 23m 1s
    1. Site creation
      8m 29s
    2. Creating roads, sidewalks, and driveways
      6m 27s
    3. Adding plants
      8m 5s
  17. 14m 27s
    1. Exploring dynamic renderings
      8m 45s
    2. Creating floor plans for presentations
      5m 42s
  18. 23m 51s
    1. Creating standard sheets
      6m 18s
    2. Setting up standard sheets
      9m 58s
    3. Printing
      7m 35s
  19. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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