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Numerous areas of design, such as seasons in fashion, make various trends come and go, making it tricky to forecast what is next on the horizon. Nevertheless, houses are more permanent and therefore the change of trends in the area of interior design and floor plans goes a bit slower, reflecting the changes in function as in style. The task before designers and architects has always been to find the perfect balance between innovations which may not immediately resonate with customers and versions of plans already put to the test.
Most home shoppers aim towards acquiring new homes since it allows them to be much more involved in the building process and brings an ideal opportunity to customize every part of it into a perfect fit for their family’s needs. If you’ve already bought a house, this customization can also be achieved through a redesign of existing plans. Although this remodeling project may sound expensive, it doesn’t have to be if you refinance your existing home loan and access the equity available - it’s an easy way to get the cash out to for it. People do it frequently for a variety of reasons - going on holidays, buying a new car, doing home renovations - and lenders typically allow you to borrow up to 80% of your property’s value. While there are a number of steps to consider when refinancing, the very process is a lot faster and easier than it used to be.
When it comes to house floor plans, trends are more design tweaks with a purpose to better meet buyer’s needs. This is most evident with the farmhouse trend that is clean and simple, yet chic, which many designers are taking advantage of to create their own take on it. With a modern farmhouse that uses clean lines and simplicity with a touch of nostalgia, you get a relaxing environment in the midst of our chaotic contemporary lives. When it comes to the exterior, this style has clear defining characteristics - simple roof lines, large windows, and lap siding - usually bright white in color, paired with dark windows. The latest trends points towards this addition of color in order to stand out in a market crowded with this style - instead of expected classic hues such as brown and red, soft pastels provide a new and fresh feel.
The above-mentioned farmhouse trend has already introduced open floor plans with large windows which are often centered around one large room, and the most popular choice is a spacious social kitchen. It is practically a combination of breakfast nook with a formal dining room. In mid-size plans, having just an enlarged breakfast nook as one dedicated eating space adjacent to the kitchen will do the trick. This is the best solution for an increasing desire for smaller footprints due to land scarcity and the need for relaxed living through open-plan spaces. The kitchen is already regarded as a center of every home, and this trend makes it large enough not only for dining and cooking but for entertainment as well. The biggest tweak is going beyond the standard island configuration containing three or four stools in a row to a squared-off shape which makes the flow of conversation more natural. People are even going for a cafe-like vibe by incorporating smaller tables into islands.
Clear from the social kitchen trend, people are trying to get areas connected through open plans, and this connection is not only limited to the interior. Semi-outdoor spaces are a great and increasingly popular way to introduce outdoor sights and the fresh air to the more refined comfort of the interior. The best way to achieve this is with a large deck, off of the main part of your house, or a simple screened-in porch. This incorporation of an indoor-outdoor trend is especially beneficial in coastal areas with inviting ocean views and a soothing sea breeze.
The increasing need for multigenerational households has created a growing movement toward a flexible layout with a variety of living arrangements. Here, adaptability is the key - you might not need room for your parents now, but this may change in just a couple of years. The most important shift is in in-law suites - from the common guest rooms over the garage to bedrooms with an adjacent bathroom on the first floor (since stairs usually present difficulties for elderly relatives). These flexible, adaptable spaces are also useful the other way around, offering privacy for younger generations just out of college who haven’t established independent households yet.
While walk-in closets will never go out of style, an increasing need for practicability has put an emphasis on the thoughtful placement of storage features. There’s not much room to hide coats, backpacks, and footwear in a home with an open plan layout. For this reason, there’s a popular transition of laundry areas and mudrooms, from combined to separate spaces which will keep everyday clutter organized. A simple separate mudroom with benches, lockers, and hooks provides you with a place to sit, take off your shoes and store schoolbooks or gym bags. Master closets that open directly into the laundry room are a simple change that eliminates the need to carry a laundry basket throughout the house and provides you with the smarter storage for laundry necessities.
As we’ve said, it’s all about the balance - between classical and modern, smaller footprint and an open one, indoor commodity and outdoor sights, needs of different generations under one roof, connected and organized. So it is equally about functionality as it’s about style, and that’s precisely why these trends are here to stay.
Author Bio: Bethany Seton is a real estate agent from Melbourne. For the last two years, she decided to leave her office job and follow her passion for writing and travelling. Currently, she travels with her laptop and writes for various blogs, hoping one day she will gather all the experience she gets in one book.
By end of the century, rising seas will flood more than 500 coastal cities, affecting 1.5 billion people worldwide. Some estimates predict surging sea level rise of two meters by 2100.
Countries like Kiribati, a nation of low lying coral atolls in the Pacific, will likely disappear entirely. This is why Kiribati is among the countries to have explored the possibility of artificial islands replacing natural ones.
Floating islands have been popularised by The Seasteading Institute, which advocates for “seasteads” – politically autonomous human settlements in international waters. The institute was founded by the libertarian Patri Friedman and controversial Facebook investor Peter Thiel. Consequently, some scholars have criticised floating islands as the playthings of Silicon Valley billionaires trying to escape taxes.
But perhaps there is another side to offshore housing. As I have looked at in my PhD, floating architecture can also be a green and sustainable technology to help adapt to climate change.
No wonder the Global Center on Adaptation, a new international organisation focused on adaptation to climate change, has plans for a floating office space in Rotterdam. Another example is the Floating Island Project in French Polynesia, the focus of my research over the past three years. It was intended to be a village with special regulations floating in a lagoon, however the project lost government support after protests during the Polynesian presidential elections of 2018.
There are good reasons to be cautious about the idea that floating architecture can help communities adapt to sea level rise. The first high-tech iterations may indeed be too costly and complicated for many areas affected by sea level rise, but the growth in solar and floating home technologies point to prices reducing with time.
Amphibious architecture vs reclaimed land
One of the key advantages of floating architecture is its sustainability compared to land reclamation, which can displace natural sediments and harm the marine ecosystem, since it usually means dumping sand on the seabed, annihilating corals and plankton at the bottom of the food chain.
In contrast, floating buildings can create artificial reefs, providing food and shelter for marine life. Reclaimed lands are also more vulnerable to earthquakes – a prime example is Mexico City, which was built over a lake.
People have been living on human-made islands for hundreds of years. Examples include Nueva Veneciain Colombia, the Uros in Lake Titikaka, Peru, or the nomads of Bajau Lautin Malaysia.
Future floating cities are particularly intriguing because they represent an infrastructural blank slate. In theory, they do not need to connect to land infrastructure and can operate self-sufficiently, in a closed loop with their own solar panels and desalination plants.
Floating buildings will be of two types: some are semi-submersible, and have foundations on the sea bed, like oil rigs. Others are pontoons, such as the floating homes in Ijburg, Amsterdam, Amsterdam which fully float on the water surface and are kept stable by mooring systems.
Very large floating structures can typically withstand rough seas better than boats, making them more comfortable for longer periods. The preferred material for building the floating platforms is concrete. Shaped in the right way, its can keep afloat. For buildings, materials are up to individual taste and affordability.
The sheer amount of existing floating infrastructure points to the eventual emergence of floating cities. We already have floating: solar farms, wind farms, runways, bridges, container docks, nuclear plants, farms, stages, restaurants, hotels, storage facilities, student houses and homes. There is even a floating prison and floating surf pools.
So I have no doubt that floating cities are possible and will become a reality at some point this century. The biggest challenges will be legal and political – not technological.
In my research I have explored property ownership in floating cities. Legal frameworks are crucial because floating cities mean private buildings over oceans, which are transboundary commons. Will homeowners own the plot of water too? Will they instead own their homes, but claim temporary ownership of the space, as in trailer parks? And, if buildings are public, should we grant oceans legal personhood to ensure higher environmental protection?
There is no final answer to these questions, as each city will be unique and complex in its own way, and offshore living is only just starting.
In this edition we're showcasing 3D models from CertainTeed, Most Dependable Fountains Inc, SimTek Fence, and AGF Manufacturing. We've also gathered projects from FieldTurf Commercial, American Hydrotech, Inc., Flecks Systems and Miracle Recreation Equipment Company, Inc .
CertainTeed Fence, Rail and Deck Systems - Kingston Vinyl Railings
Kingston offers premium features you’d expect to find on higher-end systems, including high-quality aluminum rail mount brackets for superior safety and security. Secured by provided stainless steel fasteners, the aluminum brackets are completely concealed by molded vinyl covers, so you never have to worry about rust or corrosion.
Most Dependable Fountains Inc. - 500 Series Shower
One piece welded construction with standard 3/16" wall. Foot tower-one head only. Push Button operated. Solid engineering and intuitive design. Maintenance friendly and built "tank tough".
SimTek Fence has reinvented fence manufacturing with its patented design of rotationally-molded fencing allowing realistic stone appearance and superior performance.
AGF Manufacturing - TESTanDRAIN Model 1000
The lightweight and compact Model 1000 is a 300 PSI rated single-handle ball valve designed to provide both the test and express drain functions required for a wet fire sprinkler system. The Model 1000 inspector's test and drain valve eliminates the multiple connections required by the traditional assembly loop saving time, space, and money.
FieldTurf was initially installed at Gillette Stadium in November of 2006, which marked the first in-season grass-to-turf conversion in National Football League history. Since then, Gillette Stadium has utilized FieldTurf products exclusively and the Patriots have enjoyed unprecedented success at home with a league-leading .870 winning percentage (60-9). The FieldTurf surfaces have also served as the home field for the New England Revolution and UMass Minutemen football while also allowing the flexibility to host numerous international soccer matches, full-stadium concerts, MIAA high school championship games and dozens of other stadium events and activities on the playing surface.
SOM specified Hydrotech's Garden Roof® Assembly, consisting of MM6125®-EV fabric-reinforced, hot fluid applied, rubberized asphalt waterproof membrane integrated with LiteTop®engineered soil and precast concrete pavers. Hydrotech's unique ability to provide a waterproofing and hardscape/softscape solution, all with a single source warranty, allowed project designers to successfully transform the Manulife Building roof into a self-sustaining landscaped ecosystem that requires minimal maintenance.
The only True Granulated Thermoplastic rubber surfacing system available for use in playground safety surfacing, aquatic surfacing and concrete/pool deck resurfacing. Our state of the art light stable TPR (Thermoplastic Rubber), combined with our chlorine resistant Flecks® two-part aliphatic urethane binder offers our customers with the most durable, long lasting poured in place rubber surfacing on the market. Using only the finest ingredients, our Flecks® Systems provide a seamless, light stable, chlorine resistant, anti-microbial surface that is safe for both children and the environment.
Planning, designing, developing and constructing the entire park project required approximately 16 months. Construction began in January of 2014 and the Grand Opening was celebrated on May 16, 2015. Every detail was carefully planned and considered, from the special surfacing with a below-surface drainage system on the athletic fields to promote quick drying after heavy rains, to the more than 100 trees planted around the park. A commissioned art sculpture featuring oversized stainless steel birds above the water of a large water fountain is just one example of the many beautifully crafted elements that make this park special. That’s because, according to Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, “One of the most important things that a city does, and can do, is build a park, because parks are forever. Parks are for the citizens,” Riley said. “A building, maybe at some point in time, will be redeveloped or it might be changed. But if you build a park, it’s a public space forever.”
This post was originally published on Enjoy Revit’s blog and has been republished here with permission.
Few weeks ago, a colleague of mine from the office asked me how to change the setting of line weights for custom scale.
To tell the conclusion first, you can't.
But there is something to be understood about it.
As known, Line Weight can be set only for default scales. But we are using various scales for various views. I've searched lots of threads in lots of Revit communities, but I couldn't find any clear answer. Someone says 'average' or other says 'nearest'..or so. Actually, I've also never thought about this issue seriously before. I'm not that sensitive guy, you know.
So I carried out a quick test to find out what happens in line weights in custom view scale.
I just drawn a line with #5, and measured it's thickness in views with zoomed in.
The above image is the line in 1:100 scale, and it's measured about 50mm. It means the line will have 0.5mm thickness in a print out. I repeated the same in several custom scales.
"It follows nearest scale setting"
For example, in a view with 1:300, it follows 1:200. In 1:400, it follows 1:500.... Then, in 1:350? It's at the exact middle of 1:200 and 1:500? The result says it follows smaller one, I mean 1:200.
So, I could make a simple table of Line Weight Setting for Custom Scales as follow.
Above is for the case which has a setting for all default scales. If not, the applying section will be changed.
Enjoy this tip and other Revit tips on Enjoy Revit’s blog found here.
Five years of vigorous research has led to the only organic tannery in the world developed by Nova Kaeru. While the material has striking similarities to bovine leather, this leather is made out of leaves and was developed in the heart of the tropical rain forest in the interior of Rio de Janeiro.
The production process for the leather involves multiple phases including initially growing the plants, then harvesting their leaves and then finally producing the material through tanning, drying and pressing the plants.
While the manufacturing process causes CO2 emissions, the manufacturing actually leaves a positive carbon footprint by balancing the carbon absorption through planting and leaf growth. This makes the leather one of the most sustainable options on the market today.
The company, Furf which is a Brazillian design studio, has collaborated with Nova Kaeru to not only create their Autumn collection but to also demonstrate that this vegetable leather is a valid substitute to traditional leather.
When comparing the leather to traditional animal leather, the plant based leather has similar properties such as durability and flexibility. It also offers colour customization options and true uniqueness through the leaves original texture.
For the Autumn collection, we are given an opportunity to see the unique composition of the leaves as Furf decided to include the leaves’ original texture on the surface of the seating cushion. The stools themselves are a sturdy structure industrially produced from recycled steel, with handmade welding and finishing.
When it comes to roofing there are a lot of decisions to be made structurally and aesthetically. With this article, we hope to help you out with some of your decisions so that you can speed up your next project.
Design Components Inc. of Atlanta, Ga is the proud supplier of the rooftop walkway system Metalwalk®. Our products include roof curbs, doors, windows, canopies, louvers, skylights, smoke vents, wall fans, roof fans, ridge vents, pipe flashings, gravity vents, and more for the commercial and industrial market.
ForeverLawn provides innovative synthetic grass products to create better landscapes worldwide. In areas where real grass is difficult to grow or maintain—due to high traffic or poor conditions—ForeverLawn offers a natural-looking alternative that is beautiful, functional, and durable. In addition to its landscape lines, ForeverLawn also offers specialty products including SplashGrass, K9Grass, SportsGrass, Playground Grass, and GolfGreens. ForeverLawn—Grass without limits.
James River Steel, Inc. is a Virginia based manufacturer of corrugated panels in stainless steel, flooring, aluminum, galvanized steel, galvalume and fiberglass for industrial and architectural roofing, siding and decking. Our materials are used typically in high corrosive industrial environments where corrosion resistance is paramount. We specialize in corrugated stainless steel roof decks, floor decks and siding, often an effective solution in life cycle cost comparisons.
Dörken delivers innovative, high-performance air and moisture barriers for commercial and residential construction sold under the DELTA® brand name. A North American manufacturer based out of Beamsville, Ontario, Dörken Systems Inc. is a subsidiary of Ewald Dörken AG, a leading European developer and manufacturer of waterproofing and drainage products sold worldwide. Dörken is known for delivering premium products while providing educational programs and full technical support.
All Enviroshake products are made from composite materials with the Enviroshake authentically emulating the look of a natural cedar shake, the Enviroshingle authentically emulating the look of a natural perfection cedar shingle, and new as of Spring 2014, the Enviroslate authentically emulating the look of natural slate. Both products competes in the specialty/premium roofing and siding markets. Enviroshake is a leader in the composite roofing market, and there are no other composite or synthetic products available today that can rival the combination of our products’ look, quality, and durability.
In 2014, a Flint, Michigan-based crisis made national headlines. At the time, residents complained of a brown sludge pouring through their pipes in place of the water they needed to drink. Understandably, the people wanted to know why their tap water had turned such an unsightly shade, and the reason was shocking.
The city of Flint had switched its water source from Lake Huron and the Detroit River to the Flint River. This swap saved them money, but it put the entire population at risk. That's because the Flint River's water contained high levels of chloride, an element that corrodes lead. So, as the river water funneled through the public's lead pipes and into their homes, it came with a dark color — and a wealth of lead within it.
This mistake put Flint's 100,000 residents at risk since lead exposure can cause everything from developmental delays in children to neurological disorders. And it shined a spotlight on a big issue in the U.S. — can we make the tap water safe everywhere?
For one thing, everyone in America should have access to safe and clean drinking water — it has been the law since the 1970s. The Clean Water Act of 1972, for example, delineated a series of regulations for pollutants that might end up in the water. Two years later, the Safe Drinking Water Act set a maximum level of pollution allowed in water that the public would drink.
These laws still exist, and in many places in the country, safe water does run from taps. But, in other spots, these laws aren't enforced, leaving people to drink unsafe water. In fact, one study showed that since 1982, between three and 10% of Americans have been drinking water that violates the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Typically, this occurs in low-income areas in rural parts of the country where such infractions don't make the news.
So, the first place to start in protecting water and those who drink it would be to enforce these laws. They represent the minimum, and other communities have added even more regulations on top of the 1974 requirements. But they provide a baseline that all communities should be required to meet.
Another way to improve water quality is to remove the harmful pieces of the supply system. In Flint, lead from the pipes made its way into the water supply. Without the metal in the city's plumbing, its residents would not have been exposed to lead's detrimental side effects.
So, towns and cities across the U.S. could make replacing such infrastructure a priority. On top of that, they might consider adding more water-cleansing technology to the filtration systems that already exist. In most water treatment plants, the liquid goes through a four-step cleansing process. A chemical added to the groundwater, river or lake water binds with dirt and other floating particles, creating larger blocs that eventually falls to the bottom of the tank. Then, water goes through filters that remove bacteria, parasites, chemicals, viruses and dust. Finally, the water must be disinfected with either chloramine or chlorine. Some places add flourine, too, to strengthen water-drinkers' teeth.
As time goes on, though, improved filters will be necessary to remove new contaminants, as more and more emerge. For instance, a granular activated carbon filtration system can rid water of perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, both of which are relatively new contaminants that can appear in groundwater.
Finally, it could very well be up to the public to get the ball rolling on nationalized clean drinking water, as promised by the law for nearly half a century. In the 1970s, the people demanded such action from lawmakers, and they got two pieces of legislation protecting the water supply. Those in Flint have started the discussion, but it's up to the entire country to make it a priority, no matter with which political party they side. It could be a phone call to a representative or participation in an environmental march. No matter what, clean water should be a priority for everyone.
Bio: Emily is a green tech writer who covers topics in renewable energy and sustainable design. You can read more of her work on her blog, Conservation Folks.
Owning a property that you don’t really live in is a real blessing because you can rent this and make some extra money month after month. That’s something people all around the world are doing as we speak, but not all of them have a long-term plan and think about the future of their property. And the fact is that you can earn much more money on your rental if you invest some time in it first. Therefore, here are five ideas you could explore if you wish to add some more value to your rental property.
If your property includes an exterior area, you might want to find a way to make the most of it. Building a deck is one of the best ideas in the world. Decks are versatile and one can use them for hanging out, entertaining guests, throwing barbecue parties, as well as having an afternoon tea. However, building a deck isn’t as easy as most people think, and this isn’t a project you should tackle on your own. Instead, be sure to rely on professionals who can build you a proper deck that will last for decades to come.
This is another feature of every great rental and something you should pay attention to as well. When these problems occur, most people are unsure who’s responsible – the tenants or the landlord – so specifying this in your contract is a great way to solve the problem. But, if you invest in the plumbing beforehand and install new pipes, drains, fixtures, and fittings, you could add massive value to your property. Take this idea into consideration, and find a great plumber who can do that for you.
Your tenants may not be the most skillful home cooks in the world, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a fancy kitchen. The truth is that the cooking area is what most people pay attention to when looking for a place to rent, so spicing it up really goes a long way. Invest in some new appliances, install one of those amazing fire ducts that enhance the visual appearance and safety of your kitchen, and build a new kitchen island too. In the end, repaint the cabinets, purchase some new countertops, and you’re good to go.
This is another effective way to spice up your outdoor area and make your rental stand out. Most people prefer living in a nice home and don’t mind paying a bit more for it, which is why fixing the façade and updating it a bit could really make a difference in your rental. Fortunately, this is a project you could probably handle on your own – all you need is some material, a few buckets of paint, and a couple of friends who could give you a hand.
Once you’ve finished spicing up your rental’s exterior, you need to dedicate some time to the interior as well. The best way to do that is by repainting the interior walls because this makes any living space appear cleaner, nicer, and visually more attractive than ever. You could also let your tenants do that, but talk to them first and make a plan you’re all going to be happy with. After all, you’re not alone in this arrangement, so be sure to listen to their ideas as well.
Spicing up your rental and making it nicer sounds like a lot of work you might be able to avoid, but if these five ideas allow you to earn more money on your rental, you should definitely look into them carefully.
Author Bio: Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin's work at PlainHelp.
Who doesn’t want to decorate their home with the best possible designs and colours? When designing your home everything needs to be considered carefully.
Many of us do not mind hiring an interior designer to get the work done in a more professional way, however, some like to add their own creativity and do everything on their own.
If you have a problem in grasping the basic designing concepts, then anyone can go with these key concepts, which may help in fostering the style.
Ceremonious Design: This design offers a simple, gentle and a casual look. This can be carried out with the help of rectangular elements, homely design, and soft furniture with plump fabrics.
Seemly Style: Seemly styles provides grace, urbanity, and exquisite furniture. Mainly focus on simplicity of the texture, resolution and the contrast. Imported rugs, antique accessories, and decorative trims are a must for this type of interior.
Modern Design: This style can keep the trend up to the mark with latest designs. To design your modern home make sure to use geometric shapes and forms, clean lines, nominal colours and less furniture. You can also opt for 3D images, vintage look, simple colour palette and tiles with modern twist.
Traditional Design: This traditional design is especially inspired from the 18th and 19th Century. Here one can incorporate classic art, antiques and pieces in a beautiful manner adding a simple and sober look to the house.
We can focus on a few important ideas stating the importance of utilising the items:
One must possess an artistic mind to place items in a proper manner, because no matter how good your designs or decorations are; organization always play an important role.
Save money and conquer a small space by having everything serve a dual purpose. What it takes is only to be a little choosy while picking items.
Lighting plays an important role in adding beauty to each corner of your house and making the most of the decorations. Hence placement of lights along with the artifacts must be well acquainted.
Designing a room around a destination can be a lot of fun, but good design demands restraint.
To make neater or more attractive use of old pieces, update the worn parts with a extraordinary artifacts.
Author-Bio: Ruthie Davis is a freelance blogger. Being a homemaker too, she loves blogging on home decor, Bathroom renovations, home improvement, and home maintenance. She has two years of experience in content writing.
There are many ways to create interior finishes drawings in Revit. Most of them are terrible and inefficient. After years of experimentations and trying different systems, we found the best way to create finishes plan. The technique taught in this guide aims to provide a consistent strategy that can be used in plan views, elevations and even 3D views. Good luck.
1- MODEL ADDITIONAL THIN FLOORS AND WALLS
Create a new wall and floor type with a thickness of about 12mm (1/2”). Call these elements INT-Finish Floor and INT-Finish Wall. You can adapt the name to match your existing standards.
Model these elements where you want to indicate a specific finish in your documents. In the case of a floor, make sure to set an offset equivalent to the element thickness so it sits over the main floor element. Also, make sure the main model elements don’t include a finish layer.
2- JOIN THE MAIN WALL WITH THE FINISH WALL
By default, the additional finish wall will go over openings such as doors and windows. The trick to fix this issue is quite simple: use the Join feature in the Modify tab to join both walls together. The finish wall will then automatically embed all the openings.
3- ADD A FILTER TO HIDE FINISH ELEMENTS IN MOST VIEWS
A benefit of this strategy is that it allows you to hide the floors and walls finish pattern in most views. That way, the finishes can be seen in specific finishes view but remain invisible in other construction documents.
Go to the Visibility/Graphics menu by using shortcut VG. Go to the filter submenu. Click to add a new filter.
Create a filter called Interior Finishes. Include the Floors and Walls categories. Set the rules so the Type Comments equals FINISH.
Add this new filter to the view. Uncheck the visibility parameter.
The final step to make the filter works is to add the FINISH parameter value in the Type Comments of the finish wall and floor. You can adjust this value by selecting the thin finish wall/floor and by clicking on Edit Type. Scroll down to find the Type Comments parameter.
The views that include the Interior Finishes filter with visibility turned off won’t show the finishes. The finishes will be visible in all other views. Make sure to use view templates to quickly add this filter to multiple views at once.
4- USE THE PAINT TOOL TO ASSIGN MATERIAL FINISHES
Most projects have several interior finishes. Instead of creating multiple types of finish wall/floor, use the Paint tool to save time and avoid creating hundreds of wall types. You will find the paint tool in the modify tab.
In the example below, we assign a wood boards material. The original pattern is turned into a horizontal lines pattern that represents wood.
Make sure that the material you assign has been customized to display the appropriate surface pattern.
5- USE SPLIT FACE TO CREATE COMPLEX PATTERNS
If you need to assign multiple materials on a thin wall/floor, use the Split Face tool. In the example below, we use the tool to split the wall at 1000mm above the ground. This way, we can use two different kinds of finishes without having to model multiple walls.
To use Split Face, select the tool and click on the face of the element you want to split. Draw a line that doesn’t exceed the yellow boundary lines.
6- CREATE A CUSTOM MATERIAL TAG
Create a new family by using the Material Tags template. It is good idea to use a different tag shape than the exterior material tag. In this example, we use some kind of extended hexagonal shape. Add a label that displays the material Mark. Load the family in your project and create a Material Tag for each different material.
7- CREATE A MATERIAL TAKEOFF SCHEDULE TO USE AS A LEGEND
Time to create a material legend using the Material Takeoff tool. Go to the View tab and click on the Schedules drop-down menu. Select Material Takeoff. Use the fields described in the image below.
Then, add a filter for Material:Name containing FINISH, or any abbreviation you would like to use.
In the Sorting/Grouping submenu, sort by Keynote (and add a Header) then sort by Mark. Uncheck Itemize Every Instance.
Go to the Formatting submenu and activate the Hidden field box for the Material: Name parameter. This parameter is used for filtering but is not required in the schedule itself.
8- ADJUST MATERIAL NAME WITH “FINISH” PREFIX
Now, modify the names of the material you want to include in your schedule. You must add the FINISH prefix in their name so they appear in the schedule. In the example below, we add the prefix to the carpet, ceramic and hexagonal tiles materials. However, we keep the Gypsum material without the prefix because it is not used as a finish and doesn’t belong in the schedule.
9- ADJUST MATERIAL TAKEOFF HEADERS
The image below represent what you should see in your schedule. It is impossible to add new parameters to materials. Instead, use the existing parameters and use them for your own purpose. For example, Material:URL becomes NOTES and Material:Description becomes DIMENSIONS. Fill out the headers like in the image below.
10- FILL OUT INFORMATION FOR EACH MATERIAL
Now, time to fill out the schedule with all the required information about the materials. There is two ways to do such a thing. The first is to fill the information directly on the schedule.
The problem is that we have no idea what material is in the first row, especially because the Material:Name is hidden. The workaround is to add the info directly on the Material Tab. Go back to the Material menu and find the materials that are missing on your schedule.
11- PLACE SCHEDULE AND ALL INTERIOR DRAWINGS ON A SHEET
Time to put everything together on a sheet so you can put the final touch. Adjust the appearance of the schedule: add thick outline grids, adjust the fonts of the title, headers and body. Adjust the columns size. Center the text for each column. Another important point to know: changing the Type Mark on a material tag inside a view will also affect the value..