Home designers, until recently were of almost unanimous opinion that Revit does not work well for the home building industry, which is surprising considering the versatility of Revit. The prime grouse home designers had against Revit was that it is 3D oriented while they are comfortable producing 2D documents in AutoCAD which is a time tested software. The home designers until then were able to fulfil the designing requests of typical clients with ease on AutoCAD or other similar software and did not feel the need to switch to Revit. All of that is changing now and home designers and clients alike are seeing the ease of use and advantages of using Revit for their home design requirements.
As Building Information Modelling is becoming a major innovation for homebuilder drafting services and architectural CAD services as a whole, the need for using Revit is increasing as it offers a plethora of features compared to its competition. Five of the significant and compelling reasons for using Revit for home designing are discussed below:
1. Enables Preview: Conceptual design is a significant requirement in home designing which is fulfilled via parametric modelling using Revit. Home designers can sketch through a floor layout plan or make quick changes to existing building designs and instantly show previews to clients. Using Revit, these changes can be applied at a very early stage of home building process and it provides various design ideas in 3D.
2. Time saving: Architectural designing and drafting for houses becomes very fast and accurate using Revit. This is also an important feature as during the designing phase the floor plans and building structures require frequent modifications. In Revit, whenever a change is made in the design or model, the changes are affected automatically in every related component and subsequently in the entire building model. This is made possible as in Revit software building components such as plans, sections, elevations are intelligently connected to each other. All this results in saving a lot of time.
3. Design Library and Error Corrections: Revit software enables modification to existing components as it come pre-installed with an entire set of parametric building components. The newly created and finalized designs can be stored in Revit software. These customized designs can be then used for future projects for quick references. The 3D modelling in Revit software helps architects identify areas of congestion and other clashes and get them resolved to provide error-free designs.
4. Accuracy and Coordination: One of the most important features of Revit is the automatic generation of the bill of quantities. This is made possible with the help of quantity take outs taken directly from the model data, enabling clients and contractors to keep the cost of the project in check. Revit also improves overall coordination of all the elements involved in the home building projects as it unifies the design, drafting and the related processes.
5. Flexibility: As more and more tools are being integrated within the Revit software and many other add-ons available to pair with it, multiple users from varied platform are able to use Revit and store all the designs in a single project file. Hence, merging disciplines in one file is made possible with Revit.
There are many more reasons that make Revit one of the most sought after software tools in the home designing sector, although it is also worth noting that Revit can also handle structural and MEP designs services along with architectural file with ease. Home building companies now realize the need for an effective and advanced software to address the requirements of clients and are recognizing Revit as a tool that allows this. Whilst some may raise issues such as the high cost of the software and the need of trained professionals required to handle the software, it is clear that residential home design is moving into the Revit environment. All in all, it is the advantages that weigh in favor of Revit which makes it one of the most interesting introductions to the home building industry.