Understanding Revit Design Options

Clients like to have a choice. Often we need to provide a couple of design options for the client to consider and decide on. That’s great for the client, but extra work for us! If we were using AutoCAD, we could just copy the design and alter it as we need to. But in Revit, you can’t really ‘copy’ and alter the model unless you want to create a new file (which would be a pain!). Lucky for us, Revit has a Design Options feature which is pretty awesome. A lot of users get a bit confused with design options, but they are pretty straightforward once you get the hang of them. In this blog post I will try to explain with a real life example.

Working With Design Options in Revit

In this example, we have a parapet bracing structure using Reid brace (Steel Rod) Cross-bracing. We want to provide a second option using 75EA10 bracing (as shown in the mark up above).

Design options

Option 1 – Reid Cross-bracing


So the first thing we have to do is create a Design Option Set. On the Manage Tab, click on…

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