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To Edit Straight Stairs




      ·    The following figure shows some of the stair parts that can be edited.



Figure 16: Stair Components


1.   Select Modify Edit Item. Select the Straight Stair surface you wish to modify. The Edit Stair menu opens.



2.   Use the following items from the Straight tab to make adjustments to straight stair:




Use this section to set the overall size of the stair.


      Stair Rise     Use to set the stair distance from the lower floor surface to the top of the upper floor surface.


      Stair Run     Use to set the total length of the stair.  


      Stair Width   Use to set the stair width.




      When you have drawn an angled stair, or if you want a straight stair to be placed on an angle, use this item to specify the angle at which to place the stair, in degrees.


      Include Nosing


      Check this box to include nosing on the edge of the stair’s tread. If you do not want tread on the stair uncheck the box.


      Square or Round  Use to select either a Square nosing or a Round nosing style.




      Use this section to place a railing on the Left Rail and/or Right Rail of the stair. By default, railings adjacent to walls are added as handrails. Rails not adjacent to walls are added as guardrails.





Left / Right          Check to specify that a Left and/or Right stringer is to be included on the stair.


Open                   Check if the Left and/or Right stringer is open.


Volute                 If you have checked Open for a stringer, you can put a volute on the bottom tread. See Figure 17. 



Figure 17: Stair Volutes


Center Number   Use to enter the number of center stringers you want to add to a stair.


Recess                 If you would like the riser board and treads to extend beyond the stringer, enter in this field the distance you would like them to extend.


Show Skirt           Check to enclose the area below the stair.




      Number -  Use to set the total number of risers for the stair


      Height   -  This value is automatically calculated based on the total Rise and Number of risers you have specified. You cannot modify this item.


      Open Riser    Check if the riser is to be open.




      Depth        -  Use to set the depth you want to use for each stair tread. The default depth is 9.5 inches.


      Board Count − If you specify that you want to make your stairs out of decking material you must specify how many decking boards you want to make up the treads.


      Deflection -  Use this item to change the edge of each tread in the stair to a curved edge. To do this, enter the deflection length in the Deflection field, and then press the enter keyboard key.




      Use this section to specify the reference position of the stair.


      End      Select either the Bottom or Top end of the stair as the reference point for the stair you can position this reference point in the Type field below.


      Type     Select either Floor or Zero (the Baseline of the drawing) as the position where the End point (Top or Bottom) of the stair is set.   


      Reverse Direction     If you want to flip the direction of the stair, check Reverse Direction.


      Stringer / Riser / Tread Finish


      Use these sections to specify the material finish on these stair parts.  The first three finishes are, Regular (interior hardwood stairs), Deck (exterior decking boards) and Concrete.  You may select one of these stair finishes or define your own using stair finishes 4 through 20. To do this:


1.   Use the drop down menu under Stringer / Riser / Tread finish to select one of stair finishes 4 through 20.


2.   Select OKfrom the edit stairs menu. You will notice that a default texture has been assigned to the stair component you have selected.


3.   Select Modify Edit Surfaceand left click on the stair component (Stringer / Riser / Tread).


4.   The Edit Texture menu opens and you may now choose the desired texture for the stair component.


5.   When you are finished close the Edit Texture menu. The new texture will be assigned to the stair component.


6.   Whenever you use the selected finish (finishes 4-20) on the specified stair component (Stringer / Riser / Tread), SoftPlan Studio will remember the finish you have selected and apply it to that stair component.


      Stair Material


      Use this section to specify if you want the stair to be Regular (wood interior) stair, a Deck stair, or a Concrete Step.


      Ceiling Board


      Check this item to place ceiling board on the underside of the stair. Click on the drop down menu to select a finish for the ceiling board.


      Add Component


      Additional steps can be added to the top and/or bottom of a stair.


      Top        To add stair steps to the top end of the current stair:


                       i.    Select the Top button. The Add Stair Component menu opens.



                       ii.   In the Number of Treads field, select the number of stair treads to be placed at the top of the current stair.  


                       iii.  Select ok to return to the Straight stair edit menu.


      Bottom   To add stair steps to the bottom end of the current stair, use the same method described when adding it to the Top end.


3.   Select ok when you have finished making changes to the straight stair.




If you have multiple components in a stair, you can select a particular component for edit by placing the cursor on that component and left clicking. For example, by left clicking on the railing of the stairs the following menu opens. To learn more about editing railings refer to the section, To Edit Railing.