If you’re a Revit vet, you’re probably already familiar with the various types of families that exist but bear with us for a second as we quickly walk the new guys through it.
The simplest definition for families in Revit is that they’re groups of components used to build a model. For example, walls, windows, stairs, doors, bathrooms, fixtures, and showers may each have a common set of properties — known as parameters — and a graphical representation that depicts the object in some way. Each family may also have multiple types, based on different sizes, materials, and more. When you’re searching for a particular window, for example, you could search by material or width or some other criteria to find what you’re looking for.
Components are classified into various categories, so it’s helpful to know which kind of family you should be searching in. Here’s a simple, easy-to-remember breakdown, courtesy of Autodesk. (Seriously, if you can count to three, you’ve got this.)