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    By Garry Stockton

    As with other Autodesk Revit elements, stairs are intelligent parametric elements. With just a few clicks, you can create stairs of varying heights and designs, complete with railings. Stairs can be created by assembling stair components, or by sketching a custom layout.


    When creating component-based stairs, there are three parts of a stair that can be assembled:

    • Runs: The actual stair tread and riser elements. These include straight runs which can be combined for multi-landing stairs, spiral stairs and L-shaped and U-shaped Winders.
    • Landings: The platform between runs. These are typically created automatically and then modified if required.
    • Supports: The stringer or carriage that structurally holds the stair elements. These can be created automatically, or you can pick the edges where you want the different types to go. These can be placed on either side of the stairs or in the centre of the stairs.
    • Railings are typically added in the Stair command. They display after you complete the stair.

    You can select and edit each of the components while you are in edit mode, or after the stair has been created.