Revit for Interior Design: Interior Walls
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Identifying and changing wall types


Revit for Interior Design: Interior Walls

with Ed Cotey

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When you begin a floor plan, you may not exactly know Wireframes sometimes will show details inside the wall a little bit.

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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

Identifying and changing wall types

When you begin a floor plan, you may not exactly know what types of walls you're going to be using for the interior. Normally, early in the design process, a generic wall's going to do just fine. And then as you get a little bit further along in the project you'll probably figure out what the actual walls are going to be. Now, we're going to take a look at a couple of things here, as far as how to display walls, to see basically what they're composed of, and let's take a look at how to do that first, so we understand some of the differences in walls.

I'm going to come over to floor plans and first floor, and I'm going to click on it. I'm going to zoom into the top corner here where we've got the stairwell. What I'd like you to do is hover over the one wall here in between the stairwell and the office, and just kind of wait there for a moment. And it will tell you that it's a basic wall. See the little tag that comes up, that says it's basic wall generic eight inch. Go to one the interior ones, and you'll see this is basic wall, generic, 4.5 inch, and then go up to the top exterior and you're going to see a different one there too.

So basically you get some information just by kind of hovering over the elements to be able to see what they are. The other thing is, you can change how the styles look within your drawing. Down below here on the Status Bar, there's a icon called Detail Level. Right now it's set to Fine. If you take a look at what Fine does, you'll notice that this wall has got layers that shows different types of materials. These two guys do not.

If I come dome here, and pick another level like coarse. Notice that the detail does not show, so depending on how you draw and what you want to draw, you can set this to three levels. You've got coarse, there's a medium which shows a little bit more. And then there's also fine, which will show even more detail as you go through. There's like three different steps there. The other one to consider is this one here which is called visual style.

Visual style sets how the walls actually look in your floor plan. Currently it's set to, hidden line. Go ahead and click on it, and you'll notice that there's a number, that show up here. Go to consistent colors, and you can see that it kind of gives you some idea of the materials that are being used. The other one that you should try, is wireframe. Wireframes sometimes will show details inside the wall a little bit. However, in most cases, for our purposes, we want to use Hidden Line for drawing walls.

The other thing that you might want to consider is whether you like this thick line detail that shows up. You can change that as well by coming up to the Quick Access toolbar and clicking on Thin Lines. And that way, the lines look a little bit more like drafting lines that you would see in AutoCAD. You might prefer that. So we have generic walls in here. Maybe we want to change that from a generic to a more specific wall. To do that, click on the wall.

And, come over to properties. In properties you'll notice that it is a generic wall for point 5 inch. Go down to type selector and in the type selector you will find a interior partition. 4.5 inch. Go ahead and click on that. Now this wall has just changed. If we come in and take a look at it under Find, make sure that Find is in there, and we kind of zoom in, you're going to notice that it's no longer a single line, but it's showing basically two faces here with drywall on them now.

And if you hover over it, it's going to tell you that it is a interior wall, basic 4.5 inch partition. Another thing that might come is is that maybe you don't see the wall thickness that you're looking for. I'm going to kind of zoom out, and I'm going to take this wall over here and pick it Notice that it's Basic Wall. And I'm going to come over here to Edit Type. And I get into the Type Properties. And it tells me that it's a generic wall. And I'm going to come in and change that to a new name.

I'm going to hit Duplicate. And I'm going to say generic and I'm going to change it to 4 inch. So I'll have one that is basically a 4 inch wall, and then press okay and then where it structure go to edit and will look at this little bit more in detail but right now what we're going to do is change the thickness of this wall. From 4 1/2 to just 4. And press OK and press OK again. And should notice a little bit of a difference.

If I come over here and hover, it tells me that his wall's now a generic 4 inch wall. If I come down here to the type selector it should also now be a type that's in there. For me under generic. So I now have a new wall called generic that I can use within the rest of my drawing. So, you can identify walls first of all by hovering over them. And check out what the bubble description says about them. The other thing that you can do, is you can change the display level, far as being fine, medium or coarse.

And the visual style to show the material layers that are there. And you can use the Properties selector to change an existing wall to another wall type.

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