You can create your room finish schedule at any time. If you want to reformat your report, there is no advantage in doing it earlier. The room finish schedule will be linked to the spaces in your design. This means that you can update your room finish report at any time.
On a large project you might start off with the walls already created rather than having just a few spaces. In this situation you will have to create several spaces and the quickest way to assign the finishes will be to create all the spaces first, then select the spaces that have the same finishes and assign them all at the same time.
You can create spaces without walls by just drawing with the Space tool. This allows you to create a conceptual model quickly.
You can use the space preferences to assign the most common finishes to your spaces and you can use the preferences to add any of the required finishes to the file for later use.
Having put so much effort into your room finish schedule, it would be very productive if you could save this in the library and use it on any project. Vectorworks allows you to do this if you export the worksheet to your User Folder.
The most effective way of creating spaces is to go through the space object preferences first and set these to suit your drawing style. If you don’t do this, you will find that it is a lot of work to go back through your spaces to change the graphic style to suit your drawing style.
On larger projects it can be a challenge to create a list of all the rooms and their finishes. This manuals looks at using the Vectorworks Space object to control the room finishes and create reports of the finishes. Another manual (1404 Introduction to Space Objects) looked at the basic concept of space objects, what they are, how to create them, and how to set their preferences. If you are not familiar with space objects, you should start with that manual. To report the information from the spaces, you will be using worksheets. Vectorworks will easily create the required worksheets for you, but if you want to understand how to control the worksheet in detail, refer to the manual on worksheets (1405 Back to Basics – Worksheets).
On larger projects it can be a challenge to create a list of all the rooms and their finishes. This manual looks at using the Vectorworks Space object to control the room finishes and create reports on the finishes.
From Vectorworks 2008 and above, you can renumber your spaces or you can change the information on your spaces by editing the information the worksheet. Vectorworks will then update the information on the spaces from the edits you make in the worksheet. This is often called two-way worksheets.
Once the finish the schedule is created, you can edit the criteria the Vectorworks users to search for your spaces. In early versions of Vectorworks, you would often get double the number of spaces if you used any design layer viewports. The solution is to make sure that the worksheet is only looking in the layer that you require.
Creating the Finishes Schedule report. There is a command on the menu bar that creates your finishes schedule for you. When you use this command, Vectorworks finds all of your spaces and uses these to fill in the finishes schedule.
Changing the finishes on several spaces.
There is a quicker way to create all the spaces, using a command that creates walls from spaces.
Once you have set the preferences for the spaces, you can use the paint bucket to flood the rooms and create the spaces.
You can make spaces easily if you have the walls drawn. As you create the spaces, you can assign the room finish data. This movie set up the preferences before you create a space.
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