Starting a Project in Revit – Part 1 : Creating Levels
Hello, today we’re going to take a look at setting up a Revit project and getting started on a residential construction template. We’ll open up our Revit application, and from the main screen choose ‘New Project’. Note the Revit project opens by default in the Level 1 plan view.
1) Start by accessing the East elevation in your Project Browser. Our project will need another 2 levels.
2) In the Datum Panel, select Level
- Make sure ‘Make Plan View’ is checked in the Options Bar
- Where you see ‘Plan View Types’ in the Options Bar, you’ll see that Ceiling and Floor Plans are selected by default. Choose to only create Floor Plans by clicking on Ceiling Plan.
- Leave Offset as 0’-0” in the Options bar
- Hovering over Level 1 datum, you’ll see a temporary dimension appear. Use this temporary dimension to give you another level 8’-0” down from Level 1. When you see the 8’-0” appear in the temporary dimension, left-click and start your Level.
- Your new level may not look like the other two, so by selecting the grips at either end of the new level, you can adjust them to line up with the other two. You’ll know it’s aligned by the dashed blue line.
- Your new datum should read Level 3, -8’-0”. Double click in the Level 3 field and replace the text with ‘T/O Footing’.
3) For our next level, we’ll make a new level for the Top of Roof.
- Select the Level command again from the Datum Panel, only this time, enter 10’-0 into the Offset field in the Options Bar and make sure that ‘Make Plan View’ is checked.
- By clicking on the Level 2 dimension, you’ll activate the command and notice a new datum line has appeared, now you can drag it over to the right and align it to the other datum bubbles. (Note the pink ‘X’ showing where your datum bubble would appear directly above the datum you are using as a reference.
- Now we’ll change the level name again by selecting the new level and double clicking in the field where it now says Level 4. We’ll call this level ‘T/O Roof’
At any time, you can change the side or activate the Datum bubbles by clicking on the checkboxes outside of the selected Datum lines.
You can also change the elevations of your datums by either clicking in the temporary dimensions on your selected datum, or in the actual elevation field under the Level name.
If you need to create levels close together and want clarity at the datum bubbles, click on the break line near the title to place a jog in the datum line for improved legibility.
When changing the names of levels, always choose ‘yes’ when it asks if you’d like to rename the view in the Project Browser.
Thanks for stopping by, check back soon for Part 2 : Grids