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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.
There may be times when the standard rectangular wall you normally have in a design just is not going to do it. You may want to create a wall that is, let's stay, stepped in appearance, or even stacked. Revit allows you to change a rectangular wall by altering its profile. Also, you can take two basic walls, and stack one on top of the other. And, you can even embed one wall into another wall. So you have some design options to play with, other than just plain old ordinary walls.
Let's take a look at how to create what is called a wall profile. I'm going to zoom in to this profile here. And it just looks like a plain ordinary wall. If you look at it though, it's actually a generic eight inch glass block wall. And we're going to click on it. And when you click on it, under Modify Walls, you'll notice that under Mode, there's what's called Edit Profile. So, when we pick Edit Profile, what we're able to do is setup actually, a change in this wall's shape.
And we're going to do that in Elevation View. And you get this dialogue box. It's asking you what elevation you want to look at. We're going to pick south, and then press Open. And, we'll kind of zoom in a litle bit closer. These magenta lines represent the actual wall. And I'm going to come up here to the draw tool and pick lines. And I'm just going to arbitrarily just kind of draw a step. Something maybe like this, and hit Modify. I'll take the Trim tool, and I kind of trim this up.
So we have something that looks like this now. And, in fact, I can even add in an opening, if I want to. I'll just come in and put something like this, in here. And we'll just kind of connect that up. Now any profile that you make has to be closed. You can not have lines that overlap or anything. And once you're done, hit Okay for finishing it. And you'll notice that it's now kind of editable with the graphic squares here that you have.
Let's take a look at it quickly in 3D. And there's your wall. So, you've got a totally different kind of wall based on that. Let's put this back into floor plan view. We're going to go to level one, and we're going to shift over here to stacked wall. Now, vertically stacked walls can be used for interior applications. They're just not for exterior use. Basically, it's just taking two walls, and stacking one on top of the other. What you need to do is pick out your materials that you want and specify any heights.
So you can do this with any number of different wall types. Now, you have to start off with one particular wall type. And that is basically the stacked wall. Now, if we click on here, and you look at it, it's a specific category of wall for Revit. It has to say Stacked Wall. So, in this case what we're going to do, since we already have a stacked wall here, we're going to go ahead and click on it, and then hit Edit Type.
Now when you hit Edit Type, the preview is kind of important because we're not looking down at it. We're looking at it as a section view. You can always change your views by coming down here in it, depending on what kind of wall you're working on. But we're currently working on this type. Now what we're going to do is, we're going to duplicate it. And we're just going to call it stacked wall, glass, and drywall. And then press Okay.
Then come over to structure, where it says value, hit Edit. Now, in this case, we have two categories. We have the top which is actually, I got a brick material that's on here. And then on the bottom, if you notice, we have a CMU bottom. So, what we need to do is change the materials. So, I'm going to come in here, and in the drop down list you'll find a set of materials that already exists. So I'm going to find generic eight inch glass block and click on that.
And then the bottom of this, I'm going to change this as well to a material that works for us here, which is generic eight inch drywall. And I want to change the height of the drywall. Right now it's only three feet. I'm going to add six inches to it, and we'll put in six inches. And we'll hit Okay, and Okay again. And this wall has now changed. If we look at it, you'll notice here that you've got two wall types.
To check that out you can come down here to the visual display and, we'll change this basically to more realistic. And you'll see that both these walls that we've done so far are now glass, and you've got drywall here. Let's go back to floor plans, level one. And in this case we're going to embed a glass wall inside this generic eight inch drywall wall. So, to do that we follow basically these steps. Okay. Number one, is you go to the Architecture tab and pick up basically the wall type that you want. So we're looking for eight inch glass blocks. So we're going to pick that.
We're going to set the top constraint to be up to level two. And we're going to make sure that the location line is on wall center line. And then, we're going to come in here, and I can pick a point, and drag it over to another point. And you're going to get this warning, that comes in. Just take the warning and click it off. And pretty much completed here as far as what our wall is. We just have to modify it a little bit. Click Modify.
And go down to the Project Browser. Find Elevations and go to Self. And let's swing over and take a look at it. And you;ll notice here that our glass wall is embedded here. I'm going to go ahead and just kind of change it's shape a little bit. And there you have it. And I'll just come in and take a look at it in 3D. And there it is. You can change a standard rectangular wall type into something that's more exciting than just a plain ordinary wall.
You can do this by changing its profile. You can modify heights, you can create openings, and make these old walls look a lot different. Stacking two walls on top of one another gives you some other design options. And, you can create other types as well with this default stacked wall, by using other kinds of materials and changing the heights. And finally, you can embed one wall into another one. And give it a totally different appearance, even though it's one wall, showing two walls inside.
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