AH 002# Revit Design Options

Before I begin, I will say that there is a vast amount of knowledge on this particular subject – right at your fingertips.

Lynda is an online tutorial based knowledge hub which lists everything from Revit Design Options right down to Sustainablilty and Biophilic Architecture – you name it – they have it!


If this blog isn’t clear enough – I recommend having a look at the website above.

So, you are unclear of Revit Design Options? First off, you should establish why you want to use them. Internal layout? Facade change? or Massing concepts? – You’re in the right place.

  1. Start with your existing project – Here I have loaded a basic design which I will multiply and reconifgure using Design Options.
Previous model used in a project
NB this exists in the Main Model highlighted below

2. Go to your main toolbar – Manage -Design Options. Click on the Design Options button

2. Design options button highlighted in purple

3. A new window will open, showing the design options within the model. This is still a blank canvas.

Click on New Option Set, this will create a primary option – this automatically replicates your main model. Click new option to create a secondary option.

4. Et Voila, after a bit of modelling we now have an embellished design Option 01 – again note at the bottom of the screen where it states Option 01 – Primary

Design Option 01

Option 02 – little bit clunkier and more elaborate. Both types exist in the model and are interchangeable.

Design Option 02

Top tip – to compare and contrast Design Options utilising the same views – duplicate the views, assign a view template to all, but in the template click the desired Design Option from the drop down list otherwise this will remain <automatic>.

If you require assistance, elaboration on different settings or top tips, please don’t hesitate to let me know and I’ll do a feature on it.

Book list for February

My new years resolution has been to try to read a series of new books which will expand my personal and professional growth.

What you see in the photograph above, is a series of books which has been either recommended or that have drawn me in via a pleasing cover…

  1. Bovenbouw Architectuur: Living the Exotic Everyday
  2. Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow’s Architecture
  3. The E Myth Revisited – Michael E Gerber
  4. The Ten Faces of Innovation

I have just finished reading 10 faces of innovation, it is a very easy read and it has caused me to focus my attentions the multitude of personalities present in my current employment.

Tom Kelly defines 10 personailities breaks down each into specific traits, stating the personalities are not set to one individual and can be merged. Each personality is elaborated on by retelling personal experiences and in many ways encompassing one of the traits, i.e. the story teller. Overall, it is said with these personalities working in harmony, an optimum environment is provided for innovation to thrive.

There is a lot in this book which I know to be true, for example, in the Architecture industry the “WELL” standard has produced thorough research about creating an optimum working environment for employees in numerous industries. With small touches, such as office plants, natural greenery, informal spaces and hubs, provides these “spatial moments” prime opportunities for innovation to form.

I’d recommend this book to all personalities, employees or employers. It provides a holistic view of intricacies found in every company, with helpful stories and examples along the way.

Next book in the series… watch this space…

Rich dad poor dad.

Following the familiar path of my previous recommended reads, I picked up this treasure. Again, like many, I definitely did judge this book by its cover, or its title no less. After reading it, this is what I can tell you… In summary, the book is told from the perspective of Robert Kiyosaki. Robert tells the story of his “Rich dad” and his “Poor Dad”, comparing the two, highlighting the contrasts in each of their financial methods and teachings alongside their professions. His “Poor Dad” is his biological father, and his “Rich Dad” his childhood best friend’s father. By no means are their professions the reason for the “Rich Dad” and “Poor Dad” titles, it’s comparing the methods in which they view their income, financial statements, financial literacy and principles. There is also no quick fix, or fast track method to becoming rich. Furthermore, becoming rich is a matter of perspective. I consider myself, by no means rich, but financially I could always be a lot worse. In London especially, it’s a well-known fact that the majority of people living in the City are a single pay cheque away from becoming homeless. Now there’s food for thought. However, I digress… The “Poor Dad” has a government job, is very well educated, gets paid a good wage, holds a state pension etc. all the bells and whistles if you will. However, holds numerous “liabilities” opposed to “assets”. It is suggested throughout, that no matter how much his income increases, his outgoings increase simultaneously. This is primarily down to the “Poor Dad’s” lack of financial literacy. The “Poor Dad’s” liabilities are things such as his mortgage, car… things we would all associate as financial assets. But, the fact of the matter is, these assets are deductions to his overall income. And so, for us to properly gain an asset, it must exist as such and provide us with a financial gain not become a financial liability in disguise. Overall, the “Rich Dad” makes money work for him. How so? The “Rich Dad” in comparison, holds greater business acumen alongside being financially literate.
This is an extract from the book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”- It is a crude sketch but showcases what many of us struggle with i.e. direction of money flow
Overall, the “Rich Dad” makes money work for him. How so? The “Rich Dad” in comparison, holds greater business acumen alongside being financially literate. The author, Robert, goes into detail about six main lessons he is taught by the “Rich Dad”;
  • The rich don’t work for money
  • The importance of financial literacy
  • Minding Your own business
  • Taxes and corporations
  • The rich invent money
  • The need to work to learn and not to work for money
The book delves into two core concepts: How to become a fearless entrepreneur and a drive, or unwillingness to give-up. Robert wanted to have financial freedom by the time he reached his 30’s, with this goal in sight, he became financially free by the time he was 34 (or mid-thirties). It’s an interesting read and has definitely made me think twice about working for someone else, providing the boss with a healthy wallet opposed to being financially free. Want to read it for yourself?