Creating door jamb and architrave profiles in Revit

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  1. The creation of door jamb and architrave profiles to be specified in a catalogue. This is typically applicable where a wood miller supplies stock profiles to an interior designer. Type parameters for profile dimensions and other relevant items are created in Revit and, when nesting in the door family, associated with it. This allows for door components to be parameterized with reference to the profiles, but also for the profiles’ dimensions to be editable. While this results in a flexible nested family, care must be taken not to override the supplier’s catalogue profiles (unless, of course, one wants to).
  2. Creation of a door family with an instance parameter that allows a user to specify the opening angle of the door panel.


Start a new profile family using a profile family template:
<C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\RVT 2015\Family Templates\English Metric\Metric Profile.rft>

creating door jamb profiles in revit

creating metric profiles in revit

Save the family as a user family and name it for catalogue purposes and set the save properties as required:
<C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\RVT 2015\Libraries\PS\Profiles\Door\dj1.rfa>

save revit file as template

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Sketch the profile as required:

Place Lines><Draw>
Lock the profile to the reference lines using the align tool.

creating line profiles in revit

Dimension the profile, choosing the dimensions so the profile will be flexible when parameterized. Note that changing the scale of the view may make working with the dimensions easier. Switch off the Lineweights if the lines appear too thick.

dimension profiles in revit

Create new family types to represent the typical family sizes:
<Modify><Properties><Family Types><Family Types><New>

family types in revit

family types in revit 2

family types in revit 3

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Create type parameters to assign to the dimensions as well as other attributes required for the family type and assign a description of the dimension in the tool tip dialogue.
<Modify><Properties><Family Types><Parameters><Add>

family type parameters in revit

family type parameters in revit 2

Assign values to family types’ parameters by setting them in the value field. Lock the dimensions.

Assign parameters to dimensions by clicking on the required dimensions and then selecting the appropriate parameter.

revit instance parameter

The dimension is now slaved to the selected parameter and will update to the values the parameter is assigned. Note the locked condition is part of the parameter and is automatically assigned as a property of the dimension.

revit dimension properties

Assign the appropriate parameters to the other dimensions.

revit dimension parameters

Note the dimensions reflect whichever family type is selected as current in the family type dialogue.

revit family type dialogue

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Save the profile family.