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Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 5:48:55 PM | Revit Family Creation




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I'm starting to use Revit to create kitchen and bathroom models.  I'm looking for explanation or advice on revit families.  If I want to create a model of a kitchen with intent of creating photo realistic model/images should I plan to download families (free or not) from creators or manufacturers  or should I create my own? or a combination of both?  I'm wondering what will I be getting with free downloaded able families versus a paid forone.  I assume creating my own will be very time consuming and so I would think I would only want to do that when it makes sense.


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The most important thing is cost. This is comparing the cost of the time to make all the families against the cost of buying a bundle of families that will do the job.

I compared them as an experiment and published the results in my article BIM on a Budget. ( see

Take a read and you will see in section 5.3.1, you will see the results.


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Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 9:29:43 PM | Revit Family Creation




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Thanks, the blog was very helpful. 

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Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 6:35:15 PM | Revit Family Creation




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It depends on your project specifications, it depends whther or not you need everything detailed exactly the same of the real furniture that you are going to use. If you just need a representation, you can download it anywhere. You can also download families on the internet and modifying them to get them close to your specifications (that's what I most do). For example, in my project, I am using a toilet that needs to have its pipe conector 30cm above the ground level. I don't care about the design, thats the only specification that I need.  So I find a toilet family, and just modify this dimension. It's really time saving.

But if you want to save time and outsource this work of family creation, I can help you with that.



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