Daniel Stine wrote to let me know that his new Interior Design book is now available for 2013.
It covers the new Materials and uses the new stair tool to create the stair shown in the image below (actually, the reader creates everything in the image).
He was also worried about me not posting as much lately so he shared something that's part of his book too...so I could post it here. Cool, I don't have to be creative and come up with something to post on my own! Aah...I feel so relaxed, thanks!
Control Wall’s Material Return
A door or window family has the ability to control the return of materials (i.e. Layers) for the host wall in a project. The exterior and interior materials can be controlled separately. These adjustments change the 3D model, not just the 2D plan-view. A single door family is controlling the various conditions shown below.
Note the two “wall closure” parameters (shown below) need to be “locked” so they stay positive (in the correct direction) when the host wall thickness changes. Also, these values can be set to 0’-0” for the default instance value.
You can set two Reference Planes to “Wall Closure” in a family.
In plan you get something like this.
[Edit: added this section 08/18/2013 - realized I didn't mention this part]
It is also significant that the Reference Plane setting works together WITH Wall Type Properties. If you don't tell the wall to allow the wrapping at inserts it won't do anything. I've added this image below to help explain.