RTV Tools

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Making unhosted components like unhosted Doors and Windows

Sometimes you may want to use a Door or Window family that is not hosted by a particular wall.  That way, if the host wall is deleted, the unhosted component will still persist.  Here's how:
  1. New - Family - Generic Model
  2. Draw something
  3. Family Category and Parameters - change to Door or Window
  4. You may wish to set to Work Plane Based (so you can schedule by Level)
  5. Save
  6. Load into project
  7. 'Door' command - you can choose your unhosted Door family, but it does not need to be placed in a wall.  It can 'live' independently.
These unhosted components can be useful if you want to retain schedule information for a door that has been removed from the project design.  You can make an unhosted door that only has a few invisible symbolic lines in it - nothing that will print, but it will still schedule and can have a Description like "Door deleted from Construction Set".


  1. Hey Luke,

    You made a typo on point 3, needs to be the Family Category and Parameters button not Family Types.