Adding Patio Stairs
To add Patio Stairs:
Click the Add Patio Stairs button, which is found near the top of the
screen under the Building tab.
Draw the outline of the top of the Patio Stairs by clicking the left mouse
button to add points. Press the Backspace key to remove the last point
added, and press the Esc key to cancel. If you would like to input the
distance and angle manually, place at least one point and then press the
To finish drawing the Patio Stairs, right-click to place the last point.
The Patio Stairs shape is controlled by the outline of the
top step. Both straight and curved Patio Stairs can be created.
In the picture below, a Patio was used for the top landing
and Patio Stairs were used for the steps. The Patio Stairs were simply drawn
along the shape of the landing’s perimeter.
Creating Complex Shapes
When Patio Stairs are selected, to the right of the screen
there will be a Closed option. If the Closed option is checked, the shape
that defines the Patio Stairs can be closed, which is useful when making
hexagonal, circular, and other types of stairs. In the picture below, a Patio
Stairs object has been drawn as a closed circle.
Customizing the Plan View
You can customize the way that Patio Stairs appear in the
Plan view. This is useful when you need the Patio Stairs to look realistic in
the Perspective view, but stylized in the Plan view. To achieve this, check the
Custom appearance in each view option that
appears when Patio Stairs are selected. If you wish for the Patio Stairs to look
realistic in both views, ensure that the Custom appearance in each view option
is not checked.
Unlike the Deck Stairs, Patio Stairs do not need to be attached to a
patio. This allows the Patio Stairs tool to be very versatile and useful in a
variety of applications.
shape of Patio Stairs can be matched to a patio easily through the use of the
Save and Load Shape commands. To do this, select the patio you wish to add Patio
Stairs to and save the shape. Next, add the Patio Stairs using the Load Shape
command. See Saving and Loading Shapes
for more details.
adding Patio Stairs to a Patio landing, it is best to set the Elevation
property of the Patio Stairs to the height of the Patio minus the step rise.
Adding a Patio