Join Brian Myers for an in-depth discussion in this video Placing the columns for the front porch, part of Designing Home Plans with Revit.
- When placing columns, you should always start by going to the floor plan view where the base of the column will reside. For this project we'll go in the project browser, floor plans and then make sure that top of foundation is open. Once you're in the top of foundation view go to the architecture tab then under architecture select on the word column. When you do you'll get a pull down menu. There's two different options there. One is a structural column and the other is an architectural column.
Select on your architectural column. On the options bar going across the top make sure that the height goes up to top. If it says anything else just click where it has whatever other words that are there and then select on top. This stands for top of plate and that will be where the top of this column is located at. Under properties on the type selector list verify that front porch column 8x8 is selected.
Then zoom in by moving your cursor to the porch and spinning the wheel of your mouse. Make sure that you have fairly thin lines going around the perimeter of your building or around the outside edge of your porch. If not you may need to go to the view tab and then turn on the thin lines so that you have really thin lines as opposed to thicker lines going around the perimeter of your porch area. So once that thin lines is turned on place a column over on the lower, left-hand corner of your porch.
I ask you to turn on thin lines so that you could tell if you have your column in the right location. We zoom back out. Let's place another column just like it over on the right-hand side. Click to place the column and zoom back out. Hit escape a couple times on the keyboard to get outta the selection and now what we need to do is just use the copy command to copy some of these columns around. Start by selecting on the column on the left-hand side. Now select on copy, click a base point and move over five foot six to the right.
Now select on the column that you copied. Then let's make a copy of that column. Click a base point and go eight feet to your right-hand side. Select on the column on the far right. Copy command, select a base point, move to the left and type in ten foot six then enter on the keyboard.
Then just click somewhere out here in your drawing area. The reason why we did this is that now we have a column somewhat in the middle between these two windows, these two columns are centered on the doorway and no matter where you look, if you happen to be in front of this building you can now see through the columns and see each of the windows and the doorway somewhat centered on those columns. Now we need to do one more thing and that is add a couple more columns to the project.
So what we'll do is we'll copy the one on the right-hand side by selecting on it. Hold down the ctrl key and then copy the column on the left-hand side. Come up to copy and now the extra columns that we need to place will be right against the side of the building. So click on one of the columns. Probably along this face over here on the left-hand side, move straight up and then let's move these columns up to the face of the wall.
Click the place the columns. Then zoom out. You can hit escape a couple times on the keyboard to get out of your copying command and now let's take a look at our columns in a 3D view. So select on the default 3D view button. Let's zoom back in. Now there is one little change that we need to make to each of these columns. That's the fact that if we zoom in we can see that they're currently going all the way through this surface and what I'd like to do is actually just have them be flush with the top of this surface.
So to accomplish that we'll zoom back out so we can see all of our columns. Select on one of the columns and I don't care which one. Then right-click, go to select all instances, visible in view and now we've selected all of those columns. Come to attach top base and then where it has attach column what we need to do is make sure that base is selected because this means we will attach the base or the bottom of the column to this porch surface.
So now let's select on this concrete floor, what I'm calling the front porch surface. By doing this we've now raised the base of the columns up to the surface of this slab. Now we can zoom back out and if we need to make further modifications we can always do that when placing the beams that will support the roof up above this porch.
- Setting up the project
- Creating walls
- Modeling the foundation
- Adding doors and windows
- Creating floors, slabs, and porches
- Placing columns and beams
- Designing a roof
- Creating kitchens and bathrooms
- Placing utilities
- Adding lights and wiring
- Creating interior and exterior elevations
- Creating standard and 3D views
- Creating and printing sheets