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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Revit Tutorial - Design Options (Revit Zone)

Great post over at Revit Zone about Design Options.  Those of you not familiar with design options should definitely check out the post.  I used them on a day to day basis at the firm I work in. In fact, the project I am working on right now has 5 Option sets with more than 3 options in each set.  That is over 15 options for those keeping up. Very powerful tool in the design/conceptual process.  I was going to make a video about this but why reinvent the wheel?

Design Options: An Introduction

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Welcome to the Revit Zone article on Design Options. In this article we are going to take you through what Design Options are, when you would use them and also a quick-step-by-step example of their use. After reading and digesting this article, you should be comfortable with setting up “Option Sets” and also in creating individual “Options” within those sets.

What are Design Options


Quite simply, the Design Options facility in Revit allows you to explore different options for various parts of your project. The important words to pick up in that statement are “various” and “parts”. Let me now explain the importance of these two concepts in relation to Design Options.

Various: You can consider different options for different elements of your design, all at the same time. For example- you may want to consider four variations of entrance lobby; AND you may also wish to consider three variations of kitchen layout in the same scheme. This is what “Option Sets” are for- and we’ll discuss these in detail later.

Parts:  It is crucial that you appreciate that Design Options are best used when you wish to study varying options for small, distinct elements of your scheme. The majority of your project should be determined- leaving you to explore isolated (and distinct) areas.