Revit-3D Modeling Software

Bringing your visions of home to life

Ever look at a floorplan and try to envision what it will look like built? It can be a little difficult to do; and make your decision to move forward with a build a little scary. What if it looks great on paper, but doesn’t translate on the construction side? Your imagination can only take you so far, and when you are investing a large sum of money into building a custom home or remodeling your home, you want to make sure it’s going to look great. Revit gives you a 3D look at what your floorplan will look like built. It helps to ease your fears when making these big critical decisions. There are a whole host of 3D modeling software out there, but at Timeline we use Revit. Our in-house Revit expert Shlomi Caspi, Job Captain and beloved architecture team member of over 8 years, sat down with me for a quick Q&A to tell you why.

Shlomi, Why do you like Revit? I enjoy seeing custom homes and remodels come together in 3D right from the start. The program has some special tools that are really great to use.

Which tools are your favorites? Creating custom objects is one.  Like a customized door, or maybe a client’s favorite painting that they would like to see on a wall-giving the space even more specificity to their home. Also, objects can be parametric, which means you can start for instance with a staircase, add carpet, or wood, change the number of steps and height of the steps-making the model very specific to the client’s design.

Phasing is also another great tool that allows us an efficient way to work with a project in different phases.  For instance, we can model a home in its starting or existing stage, and another phase for the kitchen and family room remodel, and then another phase for an addition a client is planning in the future. You can see the changes to a home over time!

Would you call yourself an expert? Well, I know the program well, and I have taught some college courses on how to use it, so you can say I am knowledgeable.

Many people have heard of AutoCAD, what’s the difference between AutoCAD and Revit?  AutoCAD has some 3D capabilities; however the 3D portion was an add on, not something it was originally designed to do, it’s mostly used as a sophisticated 2D drafting tool since the features are stronger for that usage.  Revit is considering building information modeling, where you are building models in 3D and then extracting 2D information from it.

Revit is a great tool, and for most people who lack the ability to imagine their floorplan in 3D, it’s worth having your home design modeled out, it truly does bring your vision of home to life.

At Timeline, we switched our interior designers onto Revit as well.  Now, our architecture and interior design plans are connected by sharing the same file.  This reduces wasted time trying to figure out if interior design sheets align with the latest architecture changes. When you are planning a custom home that’s over 5,000 sf, you will be glad you collaborated with a firm that works in the same file. In other cases, you may have to deal with re-work when the architect is working in Revit and the interior designer is working in 2D CAD and the structural engineering doesn’t align.

Have a floorplan you need designed and modeled? Contact us at info@tldesign.net to learn how we can help.

About Timeline Design+Build

At Timeline Design+Build, we specialize in providing comprehensive design+build services for a wide range of projects. Our experienced team of architects, designers, and construction professionals work collaboratively to deliver exceptional results. From concept development and architectural design to construction management and final execution, we ensure a seamless process that meets your project goals and exceeds your expectations. Contact us for a free quote: https://tldesign.net/contact/.

Specializing in luxury custom homes in the communities of

Current project

Los Altos Contemporary Rebuild

This is a whole house remodel with small addition to modernize all the infrastructure of the home as well as change the exterior aesthetic. The entire structure is 3,400sf including a 2-car attached garage. There is significant demolition and rearrangement of the interior walls allowing for a more efficient, contemporary living style.

Location

  • California

Photography

  • Panaskopic Productions

Scope

  • Architecture, Interior Design, and Build

Current project

Cupertino Eichler Rebuild

In collaboration with Klopf Architecture, Timeline is remodeling a Cupertino Eichler with upgrades to electrical and HVAC, improved radiant heating, new roofing and waterproofing, insulation throughout the home, and a new kitchen.

Location

  • California

Photography

  • Panaskopic Productions

Scope

  • Build