Revit: Understanding Model and Annotation Crop Regions

When you are creating your model views in Revit, there will many situations where you need to limit the extent of a particular view. For example, in a Floor Plan view, you may wish to just focus in on a single room. This is what Crop Regions are for. They enable you to crop your […]

Revit: Setting the Thumbnail Preview image

One of the great things about Revit’s Launch Screen is that it shows you the last 4 Projects (and Families) that you have been working on. Not only do you get the File Name, but also a lovely Thumbnail Preview image       Also, if you use the “Open” button, you get a thumbnail […]

Revit: Where’s my interface gone?

When you start out using Revit, one thing that will happen to you soon or later (usually ‘sooner’) is that your Properties Palette or Project Browser will disappear and you’ll be left wondering where they’ve gone and (more importantly) how to bring them back! To save you precious minutes (or hours) let me show you […]

Revit Architecture: Forming a Roof Dormer using Slope Arrows

It is a relatively straightforward procedure to put a basic pitched roof onto your model, in Revit Architecture. The Roof by Footprint tool can be used to detect a chain of external walls and create a pitched roof based on their boundary. But what if we want to create a roof dormer in line with […]

Revit Architecture: Correcting the cut drafting fill patterns in plan views

Have you ever noticed the cut drafting fill patterns in your Revit walls and seen that they are not consistent across the view? Take a look at the image below- look at the outer leaf (which is common brickwork) and note how the drafting fill pattern changes direction, each time the wall changes direction….   […]

Revit Architecture: Aligning Model Fill Patterns

Upon seeing Revit Elevations for the first time, a lot of people make the comment “yes, but the brick courses don’t line up!” They are usually looking at something like this….   As a designer, you would normally expect the red lines to be level (ie the bed course to match the top of the […]

Revit Architecture: Showing overhead lines on your plans

There are many situations when you need to show the outline or boundary of overhead elements, on your plan views. Some typical scenarios are the include the outline of the perimeter of the roof, the outline of an entrance canopy, roof light positions, etc. We could of course just draw these on the appropriate floor […]

Revit Architecture: Title on Sheet parameter

In Revit, the default Project Browser organisation is set to “All”. This basically organises your Views by type (ie all the Floor Plans together, all the Ceiling Plans together, etc). Within each group (e.g. Floor Plans) the individual views are then sorted alphabetically. Depending on how you’ve named your Levels and Plan Views, you may […]

Revit Architecture: Modelling Irregular Walls

  Quite often the walls that we need to model are not perfectly parallel. This can be these case in plan, section or both. In this tutorial we will see how to model walls that are irregular in plan. Many existing historic buildings have walls that are far from parallel in plan and this technique […]

Revit Architecture: Railing Extension Styles

  There is no denying that Revit’s Railing tool is a clever piece of kit. As part of the Stair-creation process, Railings are automatically added (by Revit) to your creations- traversing runs and landings with ease… But let’s take a look at the bottom and top ends of the railings. Not very often (in the […]