In the last tutorial we saw how the Wall Opening tool can be used to create very basic apertures in Revit Walls. For the vast majority of the time the openings that are created in Walls are part of a Door or Window assembly. In Revit, we have dedicated tools for creating Doors and Windows respectively. In their actual operation, both tools are nearly identical. The only difference being the category of object that they create- hence me covering the use of both tools in the same tutorial.
- Learn to place Revit Doors and you’ll know how to place Windows!
- Revit Doors and Windows are Hosted Components
- Placing a Door or Window into your Model
- Changing the orientation of your door or window
- Door and Window numbering
- Creating additional Door and Window Types
- Loading additional Door and Window Families into your Project
Learn how to place Revit Doors and you’ll know how to place Revit Windows!
As stated in the introduction, the Door and Window tools in Revit work in an identical manner- so learn one of them and you instantly know the other! For the purpose of this tutorial I have chosen Doors in order to show you how the tool works. So just work your way through the use of the Door tool and then have a go with the Window tool.
Revit Doors and Windows are Hosted Components
Revit Door and Window objects are what we call “Hosted Components” (or “Hosted Families”). They are called “Hosted” because they necessarily require a host component in/on which to exist. If you try to place a Revit Door in “free space” you will get an Error sign- and that’s because it needs a Host in which to embed itself. The fantastic thing about Hosted Families is that once they are created in/on their Host- they stay attached to that Host even if it moves. For example, you create a Door in a Wall. You then decide to change the location / rotation the Wall element- the Door stays with it.
Placing a Door or Window into your Model
To place a Door or Window into your model, find the respective tool on the Architecture menu / “Build” panel- see the image above. As stated above, just ensure you already have a Wall in your model- so you have something to receive the hosted family.
As soon as you select the Door (or Window) tool, you will see the Options Bar change accordingly- see the above image. You have some Options as to the placement, type and orientation of any associated Tags. Don’t worry too much at this stage about Tags- I’ll be covering them in a dedicated tutorial later on in the course.
With the Door (or Window) tool selected you can simply hover over a section of wall and click to place a component. Just notice how there is a “No Entry” symbol displayed if your cursor isn’t over an appropriate Host (a wall element in the case of Doors and Windows). Go ahead an place a couple of Doors into your model.
Changing the orientation of your door or window
Door and window numbering
Creating additional Door and Window Types
Loading additional Door and Window Families into your Project
- Doors and Windows (in Revit) are examples of Hosted Components
- The Door and Window tools are identical in their operation- they just differ in the Category of object that they place
- New “Types” can be created directly within the Project environment.
- Additional Door and Window components can be loaded into your Project using the “Load Family” command.
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