Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Creating Wall Baseboard in Revit - Option 1

There are a few ways to represent wall baseboard in Revit. Each have there pros and cons. I will cover one in this post and follow up with a couple more options in future posts.

The first option is to add it to the wall type. This makes it automatic and appear everywhere. First, I will show how to set it up and then point out a few potential problems with this option. Of course we will check out the results in Enscape:)

Read on to learn more...
For some context, lets say we want to add baseboard to this home office as shown in the image  below.

Here are the basic steps to add a baseboard to a wall (see next image):

  1. Select the wall
  2. Edit Type (and Edit Structure)
  3. Show Preview and switch to Section view
  4. Click the Sweeps button
  5. Add a sweep

Each sweep has several options which can be set. Profile and material are important first steps. Revit comes with several profiles or it is easy to make your own.

When you click OK or Apply the resultant sweep can be seen in the preview as shown here.

Now the baseboard appears in the model everywhere this wall is located.

Baseboard is not typically modeled in my experience. But, it looks wonderful in Enscape as seen in the next two images! Everything here uses the new Revit 2019 advanced materials.

Now the challenges.

We only defined this sweep  on one side of the wall. We could easily add another one on the other side of the wall. But if there are cases where one side has a different trim that would get complicated, as multiple wall types would be needed.

Also, this only works when the bottom of the wall aligns with the floor. So this technique would not work for the two exterior walls which actually each have different conditions in this regard.

Stay tuned for more options... I also look forward to hearing what you do in the comments below. Except spammers who include random links to unrelated stuff... I just delete those:)

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  1. I'm seeing more and more modeled baseboards lately. Mostly for enscape/rendering purposes but it has the added advantage of better coordination. It can prevent issues on site when two boards of different height meet etc.

    However, unless the conditions are very straightforward, we often have to use inplace sweeps to get them modeled properly (especially if they wrap around casework, stairs etc).

    We put them on a different subcategory so we can turn them on/off in our templates.

  2. Thanks Pieter. Good points, some of which I will cover soon:)

  3. I have explored quite a few different approaches on modeling baseboard. Can't wait to see your upcoming posts to learn your way.

  4. We use wall sweeps and put them in any place we would have an elevation or rendering view. It makes a much more coordinated elevation especially in instances where there are multiple types of wall base in a project.

  5. Another problem with this workflow is that you cannot schedule the sweeps. Sweeps can only be scheduled if they are independent.

  6. What I am interested in trying (as I work through my ever-growing wish list) is a Dynamo or Add-in tool to accomplish this. Perhaps you select a series of vertical faces and a series of horizontal/sloped faces. The script can then extract a "path" from the intersecting edges for a model in place sweep.

  7. After our model is developed enough without additional design changes we add baseboards, crowns, wainscot panels, etc. It really embellishes the elevation drawings and allows us to callout the style and quantity. We've found it leaves little wiggle room for the contractor to say we didn't see or price it! When done within the construction documents development it adds very little modeling time.

  8. I had used that method in projects and it comes an issue with hiding nested in the wall sweeps with filters. or maybe I do not know exactly if there is some way.

  9. It also seems a little odd to me that the boards (called skirtings in the UK) are added to the wall types, when they usually relate more to whichever floor finish is specified...

  10. An alternate option I have just started trying, is to create a wall type called "Rubber Base" for example. I set the structural core of the wall to 1/32" thickness, and then add a rubber base sweep to the outside face of the wall. Then I just create this wall type (at 4" tall) anywhere I want base. If you are in a plan view and select a Rubber Base wall and then use the "CS" keyboard shortcut, it will auto start creating a wall that is 4" tall. Seems to be a nice fix for the time being... I wish Revit had a wall base system family that acted like a wall. One more thing - I use filters to hide or halftone the Rubber Base wall type in a plan view if I don't want it. This will prevent you from accidentally tagging the wall on a construction plan.


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