- Double click the stair to edit its components
- select the end/top flight
- Uncheck 'End with riser'
- Fix 'Relative Top Height' value to match required height between floor levels
Editing stairs in Revit can be challenging for new Revit users. Here's one of the options you need to know about stairs ...
A stair usually connects 2 levels / floors together. A stair end can be either a riser or a tread. By default, Revit ends all stairs with risers. In this example, I'm using a stair by component for demonstration. Ending a stair with a riser looks like the example below ...
If you want to adjust your stair to end with a tread instead of a riser, follow these steps:
After adjusting floor / stair positions, you will see a tread end of your stair.
If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
When starting a new design project, sometimes you need a reference system or guidelines to align your elements to it. Revit has several reference elements. In this post, I will discuss two of them; Work Plane and Reference Plane.
"A work plane is always active, even if you don't see it"
-A Revit Rule
Even if you can't see it, the Work Plane is what you create any new elements upon. If you're in plan view, your work plane is usually the current level. To show the work plane, go to Architecture Tab> Work Plane Panel > Show Work Plane
Once you do this, you will see blue grid lines in your view. If you zoom out, you can see its edges and actually select it to customize as needed.
Notice: You can also Set Work Plane to any flat surface in 3D or rotate the work plane when needed.
Your Reference Planes are 3D planes that you can create in any 2D view. It may look like a dashed line, but it is actually a 3D plane that you can pick as your work plane. You may use it to identify a major axis in your design, define building setbacks or even as a sketch for staircase placement.
One of my favorite exercises for using Reference Planes, is attaching a wall to a plane in elevation or section views. Check the example below ...
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In many cases of design, you come to a point where you need to consider options. What shape should the stair be, which entrance side is better, what is the best furniture layout?
The best answer to this issue, is creating design options in Revit. This feature lets you keep using the same file, explore different layouts, create different views to share with others, and ,at the end, approve the best option when you want to.
Setting-up a design option set
Begin by doing the following:
Once you're done with the above steps, click Close.
Now, select the model elements that will be affected by the desired design options, Choose add to option set from the ribbon menu as indicated below, mark the options where you want to keep these elements on and click OK.
You're now ready to change your model elements by selecting the desired option from the lower right tab. Once you're done, you can switch back to 'Main Model' for printing your changes.
On the next week's TIP, I will show you how to create separate views and sheets to print both options and what you should do when you want to accept one option and discard the others. Share this free tutorial with the community, and don't forget to comment below if you have any questions.
While working on the design, either architecture or interior design, you sometimes need to add cornice details like the one shown below ...
Cornice elements are created using a wall sweep element, from Revit Ribbon > Build Panel > Wall Sweep
The wall sweep element uses a default profile, a simple rectangle. But if you need to create a custom profile, you'll need to follow these steps:
This concludes this Revit Tip of The Week. Share with your architect / interior designer friends who need to learn this tool.
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When you first launch a new project in Revit after installation, you'll see a message like this >
If you've installed Revit correctly -with connection to internet- you should see a list of templates that you can use to start your project. A template includes preset views, levels, annotation elements, ... etc that you will use in your project. Without a template, you only get to choose between Metric or Imperial units, and you'll find it really difficult to work with elevations, sections and other tasks. See below examples.
If you don't have the required Revit templates to start with, you may download them from Autodesk website link for the complete Revit content
You may also go to Revit Courses Downloads section to get a quick template to start with. If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any quick fixes or request for a comprehensive training online or at your place.
So, you have a tool that you use frequently. Instead of looking into the Ribbon bar tabs everytime you need that tool, create a shortcut for it!
One of my most used commands is Trimming. Let's see how to activate it with the keyboard. First, switch to the modify tab and hover with your mouse over the trim tool. You can see a box showing brief explanation of the Trim/Extend to Corner Tool. Notice the shortcut between brackets (TR).
If you try moving your mouse over the other 2 Trim modes, you'll see they have no set shortcuts for now. Let's add a keyboard shortcut to the 'Trim/Extend Multiple Elements' Command.
You've now successfully set-up a new shortcut to use.
Note: If you assign a single letter shortcut, like 'J' for example, you'll need to press J, followed by Space-bar to activate the shortcut. On the other hand, shortcuts that are of two or more letters, Like 'TR' or 'TTR', require nothing but pressing the assigned letters "You do not need to press Space-bar or Enter to activate the shortcut".
If you're working on a big shared model, and you find your synchronize process taking a lot of time, try closing all open views before you hit the synchronize button.
Revit takes so much time regenerating views that you've open. Use the 'Close Hidden Windows' button on your quick access bar before you synchronize to minimize the time taken to regenerate them!
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