Module 3 - Design Project Brief:
Build your own House - Revision Ideas

Module 3 - Design Project Brief: Build your own House - Revision Ideas


In this assignment you’ll design a new multi-story building and then document and present your proposed design using Autodesk Revit.

Your task is to design and model a house you know very well. It could be your family house where you grew up, the house of your best friend where you used to spend a lot of time. If the place you know best is an apartment in a building, you can design the whole building but precisely model only the apartment.

Be sure you have some picture of the place.

Design Program

Your proposed design for the vacation home should provide the following:

  • Find the exact topography of the house you chose to build.
  • Provide a sketch of the house explaining the location of each room, their approximate dimensions.
  • The house you chose should at least contain:
    • A large meeting space/lounge/living room. T
    • A food preparation space/kitchen/dining area.
    • One primary sleeping spaces (bedrooms).
    • A small bathrooms with toilet, vanity/lavatory sink, and shower/bathtub.
    • An office.

You should also design the surrounding of the place you will design. The garden if there is one, the closeby street if this is a house in the city.

Getting Started

Use this Revit project file (.RVT) as the starting point for your work:

This project contains some standard wall, door, window, floor, and roof types to help you get started.  You can use these pre-loaded types or customize them as desired --  feel free to define or load additional types and elements into your model as needed.

Note: As you search for Revit component families to add to your building model to illustrate your design concept and add context, be sure to check out the choices available in the Revit Library or download them from websites, such as or manufacturer sites.

What’s Expected

  1. Illustrate your proposed design using a building model that the includes basic building elements for a multi-story design:
    1. walls
    2. doors and windows
    3. floor
    4. roof
    5. stairs and railings
  2. Add furniture and fixture objects to your building model to help create context and illustrate the scale of the rooms and the building. It’d be nice to add elements representing:
    1. plumbing fixtures
    2. furniture (check the Revit library and online sites like to see what’s readily-available)
    3. cabinetry – for this preliminary design proposal, a great time-saving strategy to consider is:
      1. Not spending the time to do a detailed cabinet design and place individual cabinet components.
      2. Rather, creating quick In-Place models of your cabinets by extruding some basic cabinet profiles and outlines up from the floor.
      3. In practice, after the initial design concept is accepted, you can go back add the detail to the cabinets in the next design phase.
  3. Place views of your building model on the provided sheets to “tell the story” of your proposed design:
    1. floor plan
    2. roof plan (can also be used as a site plan if you show the topography)
    3. exterior elevations (all sides)
    4. one or two building sections showing the vertical relationships between all the levels and the site
    5. a ground level camera view showing your favorite exterior view your design
    6. an interior camera view showing your central meeting space/lounge/living room

Some tips for placing views:

  • You’ll probably need to crop your views to fit them neatly on the sheets.
  • Leave the scale of the plan, elevation, and section views set to ¼”=1’-0. Although the views may seem small relative to the size of the sheet, this is a standard scale that is typically used for plotting and submitting design documents -- so, easily recognized and understood.
  • Add additional D-size (36” x 24”) sheets as needed to place all the views that you’d like to share.

Sharing Your Project

Please follow the instructions in the Canvas assignment to upload your building model to your folder on Autodesk Construction Cloud (BIM 360) and create a new post sharing your project on this linked Notion page.

✏️Module 3 - Design Project Submissions: Play, Stay, or Pay

Points to Ponder / Wrap-Up Questions

Please also share your comments on 3 of the Points to Ponder questions listed below in a new posting on this linked Notion page.

🤔Module 3 - Points to Ponder