Join Brian Myers for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding structural floors to the project, part of Designing a House in Revit Architecture.
The next thing we need to do is add the structural floors to our house and in order to do that, I'm going to zoom in here on our basement level. Next, I'm going to come up here and execute the Floor command. Now whenever we're going to be talking about the structural floor, what we're going to be drawing in is actually two separate floors: one floor on top of the other floor. Now the reason behind this is is that whenever you're building a building real life, you have a structural floor that goes around the inside of your exterior walls and then at some later point they come in with the secondary flooring materials, such as carpet, vinyl tile, wood, whatever the case may be, to go over the top of that.
I like doing that same process inside of Revit: one, because well that's where they actually build in the field, but two, and probably more importantly, is that it's easier to edit a floor constructed that way. If let's say we know that there might be a change in the carpeting material from one spot to the wood material maybe in that same spot at some point in the future, maybe because of cost considerations, maybe because it'll look better. So, as a result of that, I like to have two separate floors, because it's easier to modify initially as opposed to after the fact.
So, I'm going to select here where we our floor option and I'm going to choose, in this case, the 4-inch concrete floor. Next, I need to change this to basement level. I'm going to change this height offset to be 0'0" or just type in 0, and that's going to put our basement floor slab down at the appropriate level. One other thing that I'm going to change is I'm going to clear this box out that says Extend into wall core. I don't want this particular floor that we're drawing to change our walls in any way, and if we had Extend into wall core checked, it would make a modification to our walls, and I don't want that to occur.
Now the next step is to zoom in here. And I will point out that the current command, whenever you execute the floor command for the first time, is almost always Pick Walls. Now if I try to pick walls here, it's always going to try to do it to the outside of these walls, and I don't really want that. I want to just do it from this point on around. Now technically I could click on Extend into wall core and it would allow me to pick here really nice and neat, but it still doesn't really pick where I need it to go quite right with this particular kind of floor.
So I like to use this Line tool here and just manually draw from one corner to another, to another. I'm just going to play Connect the Dots all the way around the exterior of our foundation walls. In this case I'm going to pick the first spot that I can get and grab a good intersection of, which is right here. I'm going to draw over to the left and from here, I'm going to zoom out and zoom in, just picking intersection points of these foundation walls all the way around the perimeter of our building.
Come down into this corner here. We'll move straight up to here, move over to here. In this case, I'm going to come over to here, so that we have a nice smooth transition to this door and where the walkout's going to be. If I come over here, click again, and finish it up by clicking from down to here. Now if you done it right when you click the big green check mark, it should place your floor in.
In this case, we have our structural 4-inch concrete floor. Now zoom out so you can see how the entire basement level now has a nice solid foundation associated with it. Now the next thing we're going to do is I'm going to go up to the first floor and do the same thing, except of course it's not going to be a concrete floor up there for our structure; it's going to be some wood joist floor. I'm going to use the Floor command again. In this case, I'm going to pick Wood Joist 12". And once again I need to draw around the perimeter of our building, but we're going to pick inside of different location this time.
So, I'm going to make sure that Extend into wall core check marked, because in this case we will actually want it to make a modification to the walls. And it's also going to allow us to pick on the actual core face of these walls, which is on--in this case in this case is going to be actually on the outside edge of this wall, and we'll be using the Pick Wall tool. So, I'm going to click right here. You can see where it puts that pink, purple, magenta, whatever color you want to call that line, and we're going to just click the outside edge of that, going all the way around on these walls.
I'm going do this wall as well, pick up near where the siding is there. Now the change that's going to be made to these walls is that because this Extend in the wall core is checked and we're going to saying yes to a question that's going to be popping up here in just a moment is this is going to actually cut some of the material out of the walls so that the walls themselves are going to be sitting on the structural floor. Doing the type of a framing that we're doing with this building, that's appropriate; the outside walls should be sitting on top of our floor structure, and then that floor structure is going to be sitting on the foundation walls down below.
So, once you have that continuous line going all the way around, click on the big green check mark. It's going to ask and this is the question: Do you want to cut that material out of the walls? And we'll say Yes to that. Now if we've done this right--and we'll know it if we go into a 3D view, so just go ahead and come up here to the little 3D house--we should be able to see the floor here, should be able to see our structural floor down here in the basement area, and if we spin everything around, we shouldn't be able to see any of our floor just extruding out on the outside of our building, and in this case it's not.
So, we have our completed floors here, and we'll going to use a similar process in order to put in the actual finish floor materials here in upcoming exercise.
Prerequisites: An understanding of the CAD-modeling process and experience with Revit will ensure you get the most from this course.
- Entering project information
- Creating exterior and interior walls
- Creating foundation walls and footings
- Adding doors and windows
- Designs floors, decks, and rails
- Placing columns
- Choosing a roof
- Adding rooms
- Planning for lighting and ceilings
- Customizing families (doors, windows, etc.)
- Adding a door elevation legend
- Drafting and dimensioning
- Exporting dynamic renderings and presentations
- Creating standard sheets
- Printing documentation