Modifying the Display of Stairs in Plan View


Reference Number: KB-03036
Last Modified: June 7, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


QUESTION

I would like to show more detail for my stairs. How do I add a break line and show tread overhang, railings and newels in plan view?



ANSWER

X8 introduced a variety of new plan display options for stairs. These options include a stair break line, the ability to show newels, balusters and rails, tread overhang and stringer.

Note: This article assumes that a staircase is already present in a plan.


To display a stair break line

  1. With the Select Objects tool, select the staircase and then click Open Object to open the Staircase Specification dialog.  

    in the instance that the staircase has multiple stair segments, such as switchback or L shaped staircases, select the segment that will need to contain the break line.



  2. On the Break Line panel put a checkmark on Has Break Line.

    • Select the break line Style from the drop-down list.

    • Specify the Distance from Start, which is the distance from the front of the stair segment to the break line, measured from the staircase's center line.

    • Specify the Break Line Angle. An angle of 0 produces a break line that is perpendicular to the sides of a straight staircase.

    • Specify the Gap After Break if desired. This creates a second break line and specifies the distance between the two. A value of 0 produces no gap.

    • Specify the Break Symbol Size, which is the total height of the break symbol measured from the top corner to the bottom corner.




  3. Also on the Break Line panel, specify the Current Floor Display and the Floor Above Display

    • The Current Floor Display setting controls the appearance of the portion of the staircase located after the break line on the floor where the stairs are drawn.

    • The Floor Above Display setting controls the appearance of the portion of the staircase located before the break line, as seen from the floor above where the stairs are drawn.



To display newels, balusters and handrails

  1. With the Select Objects tool, select the staircase and then click Open Object to open the Staircase Specification dialog.  




  2. On the Newels/Balusters panel remove the checkmark from Use Defaults under 'Plan Display'.

    • Check Draw Newels to display newel posts.

    • Check Draw Balusters to display balusters.

    • Check Draw Rails to display the handrails.

      Handrails draw over the top of newels and balusters. When displaying the hand rail together with newels and/or balusters, use the Fill Style button to set the fill style to "None"


To display tread overhang and stringers

  1. From the menu select Tools> Layer Settings> Display Options .


  2. In the Layer Display Options dialog use the Name Filter to search for "stairs".




  3. Locate the Stairs & Ramps, Details layer as well as the Stairs & Ramps, Stringers layer. 

    • Put a checkmark in the Disp column for for the Stairs & Ramps, Details layer to display the tread overhang.  




    • Put a checkmark in the Disp column for for the Stairs & Ramps,  Stringers layer to display the stringers




    Note: Since stringers for most staircases are inline with the handrail you will not see the stringers unless the handrail display is turned off, or if a single stringer is specified on the Style panel of the Staircase Specification, or if Open Risers are specified so that a middle stringer is generated.