I would like to add curved stairs or add a spiral staircase to my plan. How can I do this?
There are several ways to create curved or spiral stairs in Chief Architect. One way is to place a spiral staircase from the Library Browser while other methods require the use of the Stair Tools.
To use the curved stair tools
Select Build> Stairs> Curve to Left or Curve to Right from the menu, then click once in a floor plan view to add curved stairs at that location.
To move, resize, or rotate the stairs, click the Select Objects button, select the stairs, and use the edit handles that display to adjust the stair to your liking.
To curve a straight staircase
Select Build> Stairs> Draw Stairs from the menu, then click and drag to draw a run of straight stairs.
Using the Select Objects button, click on the staircase to select it.
Hold down the Alt key on your keyboard if you're on a Windows PC or the Option key if you're on a Mac, left-click on the top or bottom edit handle located on the staircase, then drag the edge in any direction to curve the staircase.
Note: The Alt/Option key and the right mouse button/action are shortcuts for the Alternate edit behavior. If you would like to enable this edit behavior for the left mouse button/action, navigate to Edit> Edit Behaviors> Alternate.
Multiple stair segments can also be connected to each other. Try placing one stair segment and then creating another from the end point of the first. Once done, curve one of the segments, and notice that the additional, connected stair remains unchanged.
Stairs can also be broken into multiple segments with the Add Break tool. Segments are denoted by their segment number and have separate edit handles for each section.
To place a spiral staircase from the library
Open the Chief Architect plan in which you would like to place a spiral staircase, or select File> New Plan from the menu.
If it's not already open, select View> Library Browser to open the library, then browse to Chief Architect Core Catalogs>Architectural> Staircases> Spiral.
Click on one of the spiral staircases to select it.
When you move your cursor into the drawing area, it will display the Fixtures (Interior) icon. Click once to place the selected spiral staircase at that location.
Once placed, you can use the edit handles to move, resize, or rotate the staircase as desired.