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Patio Stairs Properties

The properties used to modify Patio Stairs are located to the right of the screen when your Patio Stairs are selected. These Patio Stairs properties can either be adjusted right before adding the stairs to your landscape or after they have been added. Below is a description of each available Patio Stairs property in the order that they appear in the software:

Material

Description

Custom appearance in each view

The Custom appearance in each view option determines whether the patio stairs will appear differently in the Plan view than in the Perspective view. If this option is unchecked, the patio will appear the same in both views.

Plan

The Plan tab contains properties that affect the appearance of the patio stairs in the Plan view. This tab will not be available unless the Custom appearance in each view option is checked.

Perspective

The Perspective tab contains properties that affect the appearance of the patio stairs in the Perspective view. This tab will not be available unless the Custom appearance in each view option is checked.

Material

The Material property determines what type of surface the patio stairs will use. To change the material, click the small image that displays the current material.

Material options

The appearance of the patio stairs can be modified by clicking the small button that appears to the right of the material image.

Size

The Size property determines the scale of the stair material. For example, if the stairs have a brick material, then the Size slider will adjust the size of each brick.

Angle

The Angle property determines the rotation angle of the stair material.  To change the material angle, move the Angle slider or type a value in the text field.

Offset X

The Offset X property determines the stair material’s left and right orientation. To shift the material left or right, move the Offset X slider or enter a value in the text field.

Offset Y

The Offset Y property determines the stair material’s forward and backward orientation. To shift the material forward or backward, move the Offset Y slider or enter a value in the text field.

Shininess

The Shininess property determines how glossy the material will appear. To change the appearance of the material, click the Shininess drop-down menu and select from the following options: Default, Off, Low, Medium, or High. The shininess property only affects the appearance of the material while in the 3D view.

Enable enhanced surface detail

The Enable enhanced surface detail property determines whether or not the stair will have increased detail when viewed up close.

Transparency

The Transparency property determines the opacity of the patio stairs in the Plan view. To change the patio stairs opacity, move the Transparency slider or type a value in the text field. Note that the Transparency property is only available when the Custom appearance in each view option is checked.

Line style

The Line Style property determines the appearance of the outline of the patio stairs in the Plan view. To change the line style, click the Line Style button and select the style you wish to use from the dialog that appears. Note that a line style is only available when the Custom appearance in each view option is checked.

 

Options

Description

Type

The Type property determines whether the tread will be flat, bullnose, seamless, or rough cut.

Height

The Height property determines the tread height.

Overhang

The Overhang property determines how far the tread will overhang the step.

Max rise

The Max rise property determines the vertical distance from one step to the next. To change the rise, move the Max rise slider or enter a value in the text field.

Tread run

The Tread run property determines the length of each step. To change the step length, move the Tread run slider or enter a value in the text field.

Elevation

The Elevation property determines the distance of the patio stairs from the ground. To change the elevation, move the Elevation slider or type a value in the text field.

Auto-calculate total rise

The Auto-calculate total rise property determines whether the patio stairs will automatically continue until they reach the ground. To toggle the state of the patio stairs, click the Auto-calculate total rise checkbox.

Total rise

The Total rise property determines the distance from the top step to the bottom step. This option is only available when the Auto-calculate total rise option is not checked. To change the total rise, move the Total rise slider or enter a value in the text field.

Closed

The Closed property determines whether the patio stairs shape is open or closed. To toggle the state of the patio stairs shape, click the Closed checkbox

Switch sides

The Switch sides property can be checked to reverse the direction that the steps run.

Edit points

Click the Edit points button to enable or disable point editing mode, which will allow you to modify the patio stairs shape. See Editing Points for details.

Shape options

Click the Shape Options button to save the shape of the patio stairs, or to load an existing shape. For more details, see Saving and Loading Shapes.

 

Tread

Description

Use default material

The Use default material property determines whether the step tread will use the primary material or a different material specified by you.

Tread

The Tread property determines what type of surface is applied to the stair tread. To change the tread surface, click the small image that displays the current material.

Material options

The appearance of the tread material can be modified by clicking the small button that appears to the right of the material image.

Size

The Size property determines the scale of the tread material.

Angle

The Angle property determines the rotation angle of the tread material.  To change the material angle, move the Angle slider or type a value in the text field.

Offset X

The Offset X property determines the tread material’s left and right orientation. To shift the material left or right, move the Offset X slider or enter a value in the text field.

Offset Y

The Offset Y property determines the tread material’s forward and backward orientation. To shift the material forward or backward, move the Offset Y slider or enter a value in the text field.

Shininess

The Shininess property determines how glossy the material will appear. To change the appearance of the material, click the Shininess drop-down menu and select from the following options: Default, Off, Low, Medium, or High. The shininess property only affects the appearance of the material while in the 3D view.

Enable enhanced surface detail

The Enable enhanced surface detail property determines whether or not the tread will have increased detail when viewed up close.

 

Riser

Description

Use default material

The Use default material property determines whether the step riser will use the primary material or a different material specified by you. To enable selection of a separate riser material, click the Use same material as deck checkbox.

Riser material

The Riser material property determines what type of surface is applied to the stair riser. To change the riser surface, click the small image that displays the current material.

Material options

The appearance of the riser can be modified by clicking the small button that appears to the right of the material image.

Size

The Size property determines the scale of the riser material.

Angle

The Angle property determines the rotation angle of the riser material.  To change the material angle, move the Angle slider or type a value in the text field.

Offset X

The Offset X property determines the riser material’s left and right orientation. To shift the material left or right, move the Offset X slider or enter a value in the text field.

Offset Y

The Offset Y property determines the riser material’s forward and backward orientation. To shift the material forward or backward, move the Offset Y slider or enter a value in the text field.

Shininess

The Shininess property determines how glossy the material will appear. To change the appearance of the material, click the Shininess drop-down menu and select from the following options: Default, Off, Low, Medium, or High. The shininess property only affects the appearance of the material while in the 3D view.

Enable enhanced surface detail

The Enable enhanced surface detail property determines whether or not the will have increased detail when viewed up close.

See also:

Adding Patio Stairs
Adding a Patio
Setting Object Properties
Selecting Objects
Editing Objects