Revit does not have a grid display like AutoCAD, but work planes can be used as grids to plan on. Designers find such grids useful during conceptual design.

1

In a plan view, set the work plane to the relevant level.

<Architecture><Work Plane><Set>

2

<Work Plane><Set><Name><Level 1>

Toggle the visibility of the work plane so it is visible.

3

<Architecture><Work Plane><Show>

Click on the grid and then drag the grid to the required size using the circular grips that become visible.

 

4

Set the instance spacing property as required.

5

Move the grid into position (the grid lines can be snapped to, but they cannot be aligned with geometry). This means it may be moved with respect to a wall, or a wall may be moved with respect to the grid, but they can’t be aligned.

6

There are various limitations to using the Work Plane as a Grid on a plan view.

  • The work plane cannot be pinned or locked in place, so care must be taken not to move it out of position during the design process.
  • Notice that while the draw tools (in this case with reference to drawing walls) allow one to create using a line command, the pick line command is not allowed to be used on the grid. These limitations notwithstanding, the work plane gives a readily available visual reference.
  • Grid lines cannot be dimensioned to.

Alternatives for using the work plane grid lines is to use grid lines or reference planes, or even a repeating detail or line based component.