Revit Architecture – Tips and Tricks – Opening New Projects – Levels

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Revit Architecture – Tips and Tricks – Opening New Projects – Levels


To start our Revit Architecture Tips and Tricks blog posts we decided to start with an elementary tutorial on two essential topics :-

  • Opening a new project
  • Levels


There are two means of starting a new project with Revit Architecture from the Home screen.

1 – Click on the R at the top left corner of screen – From drop down menu select NEW – PROJECT

2 – From screen display under PROJECTS – select NEW

Both methods will open a NEW PROJECT dialog box. From here, and under Template file we can choose from the drop down menu – Architecture or Construction template. These are the default templates built into Revit. Either will open the modelling screen, depending on your project discipline.


Your office or practice may already have an office template. This will have been saved as a template and will have populated to the dropdown menu in the New Project dialog box.



When starting a new project it is important to set up the required project elevation levels as your first task. Virtually every family and component will be associated to a level in the project, so getting close to the required levels will save a lot of amendments and time as the project develops.

With the modelling screen now open, navigate to the Project Browser on the left of the screen and click the +plus marker beside ELEVATIONS. This will show all elevations in the project, and at this stage it will be the default EAST, NORTH, SOUTH, and WEST.

Click and open any elevation – this will now show the associated elevation on the modelling screen. It is from here we can add and amend our levels.


To rename the levels we click and highlight the relevant elevation line. The line and text turns blue colour. Click on the name text of the elevation and it will allow us to amend accordingly. This action can also be completed in the Properties Palette on the left of the screen.

To change the height or value of the level, we do as above but this time when the line is highlighted we click on the numerical value and this will allow us to amend. Again this can be completed on the Properties palette.





To place additional levels we proceed as follows…

  • With the Architecture tab open on the ribbon, go to the Datum tab and click on LEVEL
  • This will produce a set of crooshairs as a cursor. As you move the cursor around the modelling screen you will notice that it will pick up the level lines on the screen and produce a “listening” dimension to the closest level. Hover the cursor over the end of an existing level line, just above the Level Head Circle. You will now see that a verticle dotted line appears in line with the other level line ends. With this dotted line visible move the cursor vertically up the screen and then click. The start of the new level and the Level Head Circle is placed on the screen. Before clicking to place the start of the level, you can determine the height dimension by simply typing the required value. Revit automatically recognises this typing and value as the new value of the “listening” dimension and places the start of the level at that value.
  • Move the cursor horizontally across the screen untill the dotted line again appears above the other level lines. With the dotted line showing, click again to complete the new level line.
  • By placing the new level ends with the blue dotted line showing, you can now adjust and pull all the level ends horizontally across the screen uniformly. This saves having to adjust and line up all the level ends individually.
Insert a level

Adding a level



As we stated at the beginning of this article, levels are extremely important to set up early in the project, as almost every family component is associated to a level. When we create a level,  a floor plan for that level is created and automatically placed in the Project Browser. However there are instances when we don’t want or need a floor plan for that level, but we still need the level to associate components to. So here is what we do…

  • Click on the Level command in the Datum tab as before
  • Before we place our start point we look at the Options bar which opens just below the main ribbon. Here we can see a “tick box” named Make Plan View.
  • Un-tick the box and proceed to create a new level.
  • When completed we can see that the Level Head is a Black colour, whereas the previous Levels are a blue colour. This indictes that the BLUE Levels are STORY LEVELS and the BLACK Levels are NON-STORY LEVELS.
  • Now look at the Project Browser and we can see that there was no floor plan created for the new Non Story level.
  • We can still use the level to associate a family component to.
  • The Non Story Levels are convenient if we are creating a multi story building with perhaps 30 floor levels but we don’t require a floor plan for each level. Therefore the Project Browser is not over crowded with unused floor plans. It also keeps the Revit file smaller in size.


Non Story level

Non Story Level creation

We hope that you have found this tutorial helpful and would encourage feedback.

In our next edition in our Tips and tricks we will be looking further into Levels and how to manipulate them to your needs.

This article was written by dimensiondrawings