Creating a custom stair railing can be added to a staircase using the Railing tool and setting it to follow the slope of the stairs.
Create curved stairs using the stair tools in Chief Architect, or place a spiral staircase from the Library Browser.
Any stair section can be flared and/or its treads curved using the Flare/Curve Stairs edit button. Only exposed sides of a stair section can be flared. If one side of a stair section is against a wall or wrapped, only the exposed end can be flared.
You can create stairs that follow your terrain by drawing stairs in your desired area, while snapping them to landings at each end.
A split level entry consists of a landing with a floor height between the first floor and the basement and can be created by controlling floor and ceiling heights.
Create a storage or utility room under a staircase using interior walls.
Stair landings are platforms between stair sections and/or ramps, and can be created by using the Landing tool, clicking between two stair sections using the tool, or by converting a closed CAD polyline into a landing. Stairs sections can be connected to the landing to create a t shaped stair.
Staircases can be made transparent so that shelves, cabinets, appliances, or fixtures placed under the stairs may be seen in floor plan view.
Use the Click Stairs tool to easily place stairs between levels on the same floor, or between a floor platform and the terrain, with a single click.
A landing can be created between two separate stair segments within Chief Architect.
An interior staircase must be located in a stairwell, also known as an opening to the floor above. A stairwell is an Open Below room type on the floor above and can be created manually or automatically in most scenarios.
Check Allow Wrap on the Style panel of the Staircase Specification dialog and the selected stairs can be wrapped around the corner of a deck or landing.
Both the Draw Stairs and Straight Stairs tools can be used to create a stair section between floor platforms on the same floor of a plan, or form a deck down to the terrain.
A staircase with sections defined as Winders in its Specification dialog will expand to fill in any gaps between the side of the stairs and nearby walls.
This Information message will display when a stair section is connected to a landing along an edge that is not the same width as the stairs or requires a break point.
The Auto Stairwell tool is a quick and easy way to create a stairwell for a set of stairs.
Cable, glass, and other decorative panels can be applied to railings and stairs using the Staircase Specification and Railing Specification dialogs.
The display of stairs in floor plan view can be customized to include a stair break line, newels, balusters, railing, tread overhang, and stringers.
Stair rake walls can easily be created in X11 and newer program versions by specifying a railing to be a pony wall and having it follow the slope of the stairs.
Stair stringers can be customized by opening the Staircase Specification dialog or the Stair Defaults dialog and accessing the Stringers panel.