Drawing Stairs Down From a Deck or Porch

Reference Number: KB-00755
Last Modified: July 15, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I need to create stairs that go from my deck and porch down to the ground. How do I do this?

Image of a deck with stairs leading down to the terrain


The Straight Stairs tool can be used to easily place stairs between levels on the same floor or between a floor platform and the terrain with a single click. 

Using the Straight Stairs tool

  1. Open the Chief Architect plan in which you need stairs drawn from a deck, porch or other floor platform down to the terrain.

  2. Select Build> Stairs> Straight Stairs Straight Stairs icon from the menu.

    Note: In Chief Architect X8 and prior, select Build> Stairs> Click Stairs Click Stairs icon.

  3. Left-click once just outside the deck railing on the same level as the terrain.

    Clicking on outside edge of deck railing with Straight Stairs tool to place stairs

We generally recommend creating your terrain on Floor 1 so in this context we would move to floor 1 and click just outside the deck railing. If the deck is on Floor 2, you can enable the Reference Floor Display  to see the deck railings position on the floor above.