Join Brian Myers for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating multiple levels in Revit Architecture, part of Designing a House in Revit Architecture.
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Levels in Revit are used to establish the heights and depths of objects inside of a Revit project. In this instance, we can see that we already have levels for our first floor, as well as our top of plate, which I am just abbreviating to be called TOP. If we would execute the Wall tool, it would be possible for us to draw the walls in at the first floor level. Now if we did that, the walls would need to know how tall they needed to be. In this instance, since we would have a level up above it, we could tell the walls go up to the top of plate level, which is really where your walls were typically going to stop if you are dealing with the first floor of the building.
Because these different levels end up or are associated with these different objects, and we have a basement area as well, we need to draw in some extra levels in order to be able to; one, host those objects so that they have something to sit on and two, it will also give them an elevation height at which they will be drawn in at. Next, we need to add the additional levels. These levels are pre-calculated and make the building structurally sound and give it the proper aesthetic appeal. So I am going to come up to the Level tool up here, and select on level.
Now I know for a fact that we are going to have six more levels that come in underneath the first floor. So I am going to draw in six more levels here. Now don't worry about the fact that it's called Level 13, Level 14, Level 15, we will be renaming those. And they are going to be renamed to correspond to the different kinds of objects, as well as the different kinds of floor plans, that might be related to those objects inside of the Revit project. Now it looks like we have two more to do. So I am going to draw in one and two right here.
Now I am going to zoom in on this side, and we need to rename these levels now. This one is going to be called Top of Foundation. Now it's a pretty self-explanatory name there because this is going to be where the top of your foundation walls are going to come up to. If it asked, would you like to rename the corresponding views, just say yes to that. What that does is it will add the name over here in the Project browser. We are going to click on Level 14 next, and we are going to name this Basement Ceiling.
Of course that's where the basement ceiling is going to be sitting on when it's all said and done. The next one is going to be abbreviated and that's going to be just called TOF, and in this case, it's not Top of Foundation, it stands for Top of Footing, and this footing is going to be supporting the front porch that we have on the front of the building. The next one we are going to rename this one Basement and this going to be for our basement floor.
The one underneath that is going to also be called TOF, but I am not going to add a little dash after it, the reason is that this is going to be our main footing depth throughout the project. I'll go ahead and rename those views as well, and then finally, I am going to rename this also a TOF and this is going to be Walk Out. And the idea behind this one is that this is going to be the walls that go below the frost line of our building. So in case you are in an area where you end up having a lot of freezing and thawing, the building will still be structurally sound and the footings that are supporting the walls up above aren't going to be moving around a lot.
So it needs to be deep enough which is why we are creating this level. Now we also need to be able to set the elevations for each of these. Now I'm going to start with this TOF Walk Out, and I am going to make this be -11 foot 5 inches, just happened to be close when I drew it in. This next one is going to go down -9 foot 1 inch. So make sure to always put that negative sign in. It's probably the number one mistake that I find that people do is they forget to put that negative sign in and wonder why it goes up to be 9 foot 1 inch above their first floor. That's obviously not going to work too well for the footings of your building.
Now we are going to have the basement elevation, but you can see a little bit of an issue here because I can't easily get to this number right here. I might be able to click and get it to work. But in order to be able to reach out and touch it a little bit better, I am going to select on this level here, I'm going to click on the little break symbol, and you can see how it dropped down that Top of Footing elevation. Now it didn't really change the elevation, it just changed the marker for the elevation. But it's going to allow us to get in here and click on that number fairly easily and also allow us to read that number fairly easily.
Now I am going to change this to be -8 foot 9 inch. You can see how it raises that level up, and we will go ahead and clean this up here in just a minute, so that these aren't touching each other. You have the Top of Footing at the porch. This is going to need to be -4 feet 9 inches. Next we are going to select on this basement ceiling level and see if we can click on this, it looks like we can. And this should actually be -1 foot 8 1/2.
So I am going to type in -1 foot 8, and I could do a space and one half or you can just type in .5, either one will work just fine, and you can see how it raises it up, it's now at the 1 foot 8 1/2 inch dimension. Now that crossed over another level which is our Top of Foundation here and this needs to be at -1 foot 1 inch. You can see how that brings that up and this has all of our levels at the appropriate elevation marks, but we still can't read all these numbers just quite right.
So I am going to select on one of these levels, and there's this little break symbol that shows up here. I am going to click on the little break symbol, and I am going to pull this up a little, pull this over in order to help clean this up, make this be very easy to read, select here where it has the Basement Ceiling here, click on little break, move this over, move this piece over to here. We can read the Top of Foundation. Now I always like to keep these things nice and clean and lined up, so I am going to select where we have our First Floor, click on the little dot and just drag this directly over.
Whenever you have is blue dash line coming straight down you know that this is all going to be lined up. It looks like our Top of Foundation here is just a little bit off. So I am going to click on that as well and drag that over. You can see it has that dash line that shows up, so we know that that's lined up as well. And with this first floor, it's kind of overlapping. So I want to clean that up too and drag this dot up. And we'll zoom out to make sure that it's looking okay. One last thing, I always like to have these lines lined up too, and you will find that a lot of people that work inside of architecture offices out in construction trailers, they like to see that too.
So we will go ahead and clean that up and get all of those levels lined up and it will look the same in the flip view of this as well in the south elevation if we would look at it in there. That being said, since we've created these levels now and in our future exercises we'll be able to use these to begin drawing our building objects in at the proper elevations. Now let's move on and start creating actual objects we are going to be placing in the building.
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