Archive | July, 2015

Custom line pattern with text

24 Jul

  1. Create new Family: Generic Annotation
  2. Add Text Type Parameter : Symbol
  3. Value A
  4. Insert Label
  5. Save as : SymbolText
  6. Create new Family: Detal Item Line Based
  7. Save as : TextLine
  8. Load family SymbolText toTextLine
  9. Create Parameter, Instance, Offset (1′-0″)
  10. Create Parameter, Instance, Spacing (1′-6″)
  11. Create Parameter, Type, Text (GAS)
  12. Map Parameter of the Label “text” to “text”
  13. Create Array of the text to the second near the end of the line
  14. Place dimensions to the left and to the right.
  15. Assign the Offset parameter
  16. Add Parameter, Instance, Integer: ArrayItems
  17. Enter Value: 2. Formula: (Length-2*Offset)/Spacing+1
  18. Select array., Uncheck Append to End.
  19. Assign Parameter formula to the array
  20. Create line and Lock start, center and End to the reference line
  21. Create different types with the desired text symbol


24 Jul

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Callouts – Floor plan vs detail

23 Jul

Revitize – Another Revit Blog: Callout view – plan vs detail.

Each view type has some built in properties and settings. Based on these differences one can choose a particular type.

Here are some differences.

Plan callout Detail callout
Callout tag Visible in intersecting views no yes
Color schemes can be assigned yes no
Can have dependent views yes no
Project Browser categorized under floor plans details
Cut plane can be changed yes no

In this case, since we dont want to see a toilet plan callout tag in other views (like elevation / section) and we might want to change the view range for some reason, it is a good idea to select the Callout > Floor plan type.

Permanent Subtitles Guide –

18 Jul

Permanent Subtitles Guide –

This guide explains step by step how to embed or paste subtitles directly into your AVI (DivX, XviD, etc.) video file permanently. The subtitle file can be in any format such as SUB, SRT, SSA, SMI, TXT, etc.

Railing sloped without any hosts

16 Jul

via Revit Tips – make Railing sloped without any hosts – YouTube.

Railing without a Host

16 Jul

Revit OpEd: Railing without a Host. the same technique in 2014 and a different notion of a host element. The key to doing this is in the properties of the sketched line segments of the railing. This image depicts how three segments were created so they can be altered, each segment numbered 1-3.

These are the segment settings for #1, Slope: Flat and Height Correction: By Type.

These are the segment settings for #2, Slope: Sloped and Height Correction: By Type.

These are the segment settings for #3, Slope: Flat and Height Correction: Custom and 4′-0″.

If we don’t need a horizontal railing section at the top we can alter the sketch and use different settings for segment #2. If we do that these are the segment settings for #2, Slope: Sloped andHeight Correction: Custom and 4′-0″.

These are the two different sketch based railings side by side. The lower railing is missing its horizontal starting section. I just made the sketch of the first segment tiny so Revit would know what the starting elevation is. Without it I’d end up with a horizontal railing at 4′-0″, aligned with the upper horizontal beam.

The line at the base of the railing is a tiny profile that is needed to host the bottom of the balusters. Without that bottom railing to terminate against they’d go to the lowest elevation of the railing (flat). I could offset the sacrificial railing so that it slips below the surface of the beam but in this case I wasn’t worried about it. If you find it distracting this is what doing it looks like, though the balusters not finishing cleanly at the top of the beam may be more distracting.

Btw, the Beam Join tool was used to the get the beams to clean up.

Cost to build a single-family house

2 Jul

Cost to build a single-family house – Estimates and Prices at Fixr.

How much does it cost to build a single-family house?

What does it cost to build a single-family house? This all depends on many factors. If we look at the current “average” home we would have a good base upon which to build this discussion. According to the 2008 U.S. Census the size of the average home was approximately 2,520 square feet, which assumes a two-story structure with a “footprint” of approximately24’x50′.

The building of such a home is never viewed in terms of a “DIY” project and usually requires a knowledgeable contractor, an architect, a team of subcontractors, and cooperative homeowners to get the job done in under a calendar year.

For the building of a single family home, the typical costs include:

  • According to the Craftsman Book Company a home as described above, with mid-range materials, a normal foundation with full basement, efficient doors and windows, all appliances, and “turnkey” finishing would run at an average of$295,000 to complete. This does not include acquisition of the acreage or any furnishings.
  • The above figures place this construction at a $117 per square foot cost, though national average stands at $125. This pricing structure assumes that carpenters, masons and excavators charge an average of $70 per hourelectriciansbetween $65 to $85 per hourpainters between $20 and $35 per hour and plumbers between $45 and $65 per hour.
  • This home has $146,454 in materials$144,819 in labor, and also works in a budget of roughly $5200 for machine costs as well.

Cost breakout

What is included:

The basic structure of this house is uncomplicated and it uses the “four square” design. If the owners wanted something more decorative or customized, costs climb substantially. Most homeowners rely on both an architect and a contractor, and the architect will require approximately 10 – 17% of the total building budget;

  • An architect will:
    • Determine the scope of the project and review the client’s needs and wishes. Establish a preliminary budget;
    • Draft list of proposed work, budget, and outline of plans;
    • Create the schematic design and draft floor plans with elevation drawings. Then work with any structural engineers and meet with planning agencies to verify any requirements;
    • Finalize drawings and incorporate all details about materials and finishes, any fixtures or equipment, and allsystems in the structure;
    • Serve as the project manager and review the plans with any required local agencies while also obtaining necessary permits. (If contractors are to be used it is at this point that they must be selected);
    • Serve in an advisory capacity to select contractor and help the client through the bid review process as well;
    • Complete construction documents, obtain the building permit;
    • Administer the construction, ensure that contractor’s requests for payments are accurate and that all “final” details are corrected or finished by the contractor; and
    • Based on figures given the architect on this project would receive from $29,649 to $50,404 for their services.
  • A contractor will:
    • Provide the services and materials required for the entire job;
    • Hire subcontractors according to need;
    • Suggest plans and ideas to homeowners to help them meet goals;
    • Deliver final cleanup of entire home;
    • Pull all permits for work and utility installation;
    • For doing all of the day to day management of the project the average contractor earns around $85 per square foot. They might also “mark up” supplies and services as well. For example, on the average home construction described here the contractor would account for roughly $40,000 in markup and indirect fees.
  • A general home construction project will cover:
    • Bath fixtures
    • Built In Appliances
    • Cabinets
    • Carpeting
    • Countertops
    • Doors
    • Excavation
    • Exterior Finish
    • Exterior Trim
    • Final Cleanup
    • Finish Carpentry
    • Finish Hardware
    • Fireplace and Chimney
    • Flooring
    • Foundation, Piers, Flatwork
    • Garage Door
    • Heating and Cooling Systems
    • Insulation
    • Insurance
    • Interior Wall Finish
    • Lighting Fixtures
    • Painting
    • Permits & Utilities
    • Plans & Specs
    • Plumbing Fixtures
    • Plumbing Rough-in and Connection
    • Roofing, Flashing, Fascia
    • Rough Carpentry
    • Rough Hardware
    • Unit Heating and Cooling
    • Windows
    • Wiring
    • and more