Tuesday, November 12, 2013

space planning tool

Another one from the bag of tricks is a simple stretchable detail item to represent rooms during space planning. Much like a sheet of trace paper to lay over your floor plan, this detail item affects none of the model elements allowing for very quick exploration of a few schematic options without the use of design options. Since this is a detail item, it's only visible in the view the work is done.

Two families have been created; one rectangular, the other L-shaped. A few types have been set up to show different wall thicknesses. A simple tag shows labels for the room name (optional), width & length (finish to finish), and resulting area.

Edit:  I nested the tag as a generic annotation inside the space planning tool. The tag now shows up as soon as you place the space planning tool family. A link to the new families can be found below.

By using reference planes and reference lines, the families will snap to each other, making it easy to align them. A center line for the wall thickness was added for reference.

All the families can be downloaded from here (2013).

Edit: families with the nested tag (refer to comment above) can be downloaded from here (2015).

1 comment:

  1. Very handy - good one, and thanks!